Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tara Dance at Nalanda West

February 26-28

Fri. night 7 – 9 pm ($15) Open to everyone Sat. 9.30 am – 6 pm and Sun. 10 am – 12.30 pm ($108 – 150, includes Fri. evening) Sun. at 4 pm : Dance Performance– Open to everyone ($15)

The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a unique devotional movement meditation dance offered worldwide as a prayer of peace, protection, wisdom and capability. The words of the dance are based on a traditional Vajrayana text said to have been received from Tara Herself.

Created by Prema Dasara, the dance has been turning since 1985 and it has been taught to thousands of women and men throughout the world, including several groups of Tibetan nuns and laywomen.

Pre-registration required. Limited space! admin@nalandawest.org or (206)529-8258



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Family Dharma Conference - Jan. 22-23 at Nalanda West

Family Dharma Conference

The Family Dharma Conference, co-sponsored by Northwest Dharma Association and Nalanda West, will take place Friday evening and all day Saturday, January 22 and 23, 2010, at Nalanda West, Seattle. The address is 3902 Woodland Park Ave. North in Seattle. For directions, click HERE.

Friday, January 22

Jan Chozen Bays Roshi, founder and co-abbot of Great Vow Monastery in Clatskanie, OR, will present the Friday evening keynote address. A student of Maezumi Roshi and Shodo Harada Roshi, Dr. Bays is not only a beloved teacher of Dharma but also a well-known pediatrician specializing in issues of child welfare. She is the author of several books, including Jizo Bodhisattva: Guardian of Children, Women, and other Voyagers (Shambhala, 2003).

Meditation, 6:30 p.m. Program, 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $5, plus dana for the teachings.

Saturday, January 23

Morning and afternoon panel presentations followed by audience discussion and Q & A. Children will participate in the conclusion of both sessions.


Meditation (upstairs), 9:30 a.m. Program, 10:00-12:30.

Family Friendly Sanghas: Incorporating children and parents in sangha activities, including Dharma school classes and curriculum, retreats, summer camps, and regular practice.


Program, 1:30-3:30. Closing, 3:30-4:00.

Dharma at Home: Establishing home practices and rituals, mindful parenting and self-care, growing up Buddhist, and other personal and individual aspects of combining family and Dharma.

Cost: NWDA members: $20/family, $15/individual. Non-members: $25/family, $20/individual. (No one turned away for lack of funds.)

Daycare in the form of Dharma activities for children will be available by registration for the Saturday portion of the conference.

Check in times for children (downstairs) are 9:30-10:00 a.m. and 1:00-1:30 p.m.

A prepared LUNCH is NOT INCLUDED in the program. Sandwiches, soup and pastries can be purchased nearby and conference participants are welcome to use the Nalanda dining room for seating and socializing during the lunch break.

Click HERE to register for the conference and/or to register a child for Dharma activities.

If you are interested in volunteering for Dharma activities with children, please contact info@northwestdharma.org.