Upcoming Events

March 10-11 Garden and Facility Retreat

Please join us for our Annual Dharma Gate Garden and Facility Work Retreat. The sun is out, the soil is warming, and we come together from both of Dharma Gate’s Sanghas to meditate together, cultivate our soil, repair and clean our facility, share some food and talk. Read more…

2018 Annual Spring Retreat: Registration Now Open

Crossing the Threshold, Thirty Three Thousand Faces of Compassion

We will be continuing our tradition at beautiful Camp Indianola for our annual residential retreat, Apr 9-15, 2018, led by Larry Ward and Peggy Rowe-Ward, nationally renowned Senior Dharma Teachers in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We anticipate a full retreat, and MCPS members will have an opportunity for early registration starting January 10th to ensure your spot. Open Registration begins February 1st. Learn more about our teachers and the Annual MCPS Spring Retreat here.

Sunday, February 18th – Zoom with Brother Bieu Hien from Plum Village

Our conversation will continue at 11am on February 18th with Brother Bieu Hien, a Washington Native and practicing monk. Join us to learn about life and practice at Plum Village monastery and share what is present in your practice. To join the call, download the Zoom app to your phone or PC and RSVP by email to: mcpssuggestions@gmail.com

Monday, February 26th, Social Justice Practice continues with Serena and Jabali: Nourishment and Healing

The practice committee is honored to welcome back MCPS member Serena Maurer and her colleague Jabali Stewart as guest facilitators in Part 4 of our series on engaged Buddhism and Social Justice within our practice, based on the 5 Mindfulness Trainings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Read more ›


Tuesday Guided Meditation Series:

New to meditation? Want support with your current practice? Come join us in guided sitting and walking meditation. You can sit in a chair, sit on a cushion or lie down during our practice time.

What: Cultivating Heart-fulness and Compassion –a 6-week guided meditation series

When: Tuesdays, February 13th – March 20th 7pm-8:15pm

Dana/Donation Based. For more info, contact Genevieve – mcpssuggestions@gmail.com

Upcoming Practice Committee Meetings; All are welcome

Thursday, March 8th, 6:30-8:30pm: All MCPS members are invited to attend and contribute. To send an email with your MCPS Practice Committee Suggestions, click here.

Upcoming Board Meetings; All are welcome

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Monday, February 12th (During regular Monday practice time)

All MCPS members are welcome to attend Board meetings. If you have something you would like to bring forward to the Board, please let Robbie know two weeks before the meeting when the agenda is being set.

Other Upcoming Events:

March-April 2018: Viet Nam Retreats with Mike Melancon

Dear Friends and Sangha Sisters and Brothers, The Loving Work Foundation is pleased to announce our SPRING 2018 ‘JOYFULLY TOGETHER IN VIỆT NAM’ RETREAT SCHEDULE.  In the Tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh March 10 – March 25, 2018: Loving Work… Read more ›

Recent events:

Beginning Anew, New Years Day practice, Monday, January 1st, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for two periods of sitting and walking meditation, sutra service, and readings from Plum Village to bring in the New Year.

Guided Breath-Based Meditation, Tuesdays

What: New to meditation? Want support with your current practice? Come join us in guided sitting and walking meditation. You can sit in a chair, sit on a cushion or lie down during our practice time. Breath-based series on the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing: Anapanasati Sutra
When: Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm on 10/31, 11/07, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, and 12/5  Where: Dharma Gate  Cost: Dana/Donation Based.  For more information, contact Genevieve at mcpssuggestions@gmail.com

Buddha’s Enlightenment, Monday, Dec. 11th:

Each year around this time, we honor the Buddha’s awakening through telling the story, the lighting of candles, and inviting bells. The light in the zendo grows as each participant carries a candle to the altar for lighting, returning to their cushion with their candle lit. The bells reflect coming to the light and awakening by building to a crescendo as more people light candles. The ceremony allows us to touch the understanding that the Buddha was a human being, and if he had the capacity to awaken, so do we.

Registration is Full for A Weekend of Radical Dharma: angel Kyodo williams, Dec 15-17

MCPS, 8 Limbs Yoga and Rainier Beach Yoga are honored to co-host: A WEEKEND OF RADICAL DHARMA with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, December 15-17, 2017 MCPS is honored to be one of the hosting organizations for internationally acclaimed Buddhist teacher Reverend angel Kyodo williams… Read more ›

Solstice Celebration: Friday, Dec. 22, Turning Darkness into Light, Together with Three Treasures Sangha

Friday morning, Dec 22, 6:15 to 7:30am, join MCPS and TTS members for this wonderful annual celebration of the turning of the seasons. We start in the dark and gradually light candles as we read poems, share songs and stories with a theme of darkness being transformed into light.  We share a breakfast meal together, laughter and sing Buddhist songs to well known Christmas tunes.


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