DFF Mission statement: We seek to realize the path of peace, nonviolence and compassion as we grapple with the complex issues of our time and support one another in applying Buddhist teachings meaningfully in the world.
For over 35 years, Dharma Friendship Foundation has held space for individuals wishing to explore the liberating wisdom and skillful means of Buddhist teachings. Our community is based in the Seattle area on the traditional homeland of the coast Salish people, though our connections are global via our online library of transcripts, videos and events hosted online. These are extraordinary times we are living through: a global pandemic and an increasingly urgent climate crisis compounded by daily reminders of injustice in racial, economic, social, and other spheres of modern life. At DFF, we embrace these challenges in all their complexity, as opportunities to deepen our practice through wise reflection, conversation, and compassionate engagement. We invite and welcome your participation in our spaces – in person as public health allows, and online. Thank you for your practice.
Current and Recent Events
Friday, January 28, 7:00 to 9:00p.m. Thought Transformation (Lojong). Lojong (Tib. བློ་སྦྱོང་,Wylie: blo sbyong) is a mind training practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on a set of aphorisms formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Geshe Chekawa. The practice involves refining and purifying one's motivations and attitudes in order to bring about the enlightenment of oneself and all other sentient beings.
Saturday, January 29, 11:00a.m to 1:00p.m. Medicine Buddha Empowerment (jenang). By invoking the Medicine Buddha, one is empowered to heal all physical and mental illness, and ultimately the disease of living in a cycle of never ending problems, thus enabling complete purification of all disease and their causes, leading to complete enlightenment. This practice is especially important now in this time of pandemic and environmental deterioration.
Renowned for his keen intelligence and dynamic teaching style, Jhado Rinpoche is also highly acclaimed for his ability to engage Western students in ways that are interesting and personally relevant. In addition to these qualities, Rinpoche is also well known and loved for his gentle demeanor and his kindness.
Interdependence and Our Ecological Crisis
A series of online forums creating a safe space for honest, often difficult conversations about the climate emergency and related ecological, social and economic crises. Climate threats, biodiversity loss, threats to food and water supply, racial violence and injustice, deep economic inequality, war, refugees, homelessness, pandemics—these are all connected. This series has two aims: 1) To break through layers of denial and open to a more honest acceptance of the accelerating ecological breakdown, and 2) To present a variety of Buddhist, Indigenous, and other perspectives to inform and inspire wise, compassionate, action.