Mt. Adams Buddhist Temple

Tuyết Sơn Thiền Tự. 雪山禅寺

P.O. Box 487, Trout Lake WA 98650


March 2023

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MONDAY - FRIDAY at 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. via ZOOM

SATURDAY 8:30 a.m. - service + meditation via ZOOM & in person




M-F AM Meditation 6:30am - 7:30am

M-F PM Meditation 5:30pm - 6:30pm

46 Stoller Rd. Trout Lake WA

TUESDAY at 12 NOON -1:00 pm IN PERSON - not on ZOOM

 1412 13th Street, Suite 200. Hood River, OR 97031

Thích Nhất Hạnh Study Group

Thích Nhất Hạnh study group meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

(for info about the study group , contact Bonnie at

Buu - Hung Buddhist Monastery

17808 NE 18th St, Vancouver, WA 98684. Tel: (360) 718-6158

Meditation Practice & Dharma Talk

The last Sunday of each month 2:00 pm.-3:00 pm

Visit the temple website


May 7 METTA & Shinrin Yoku RETREAT one Day retreat. 9:30am-1:30pm

Metta practice, and Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)

Suggested donation $40.00 no one will be refused participation due to funds..

We'd rather have you here than your money.

A Shinrin-Yoku forest bathing walk consists of a series of activities & sits, designed to help the participants to bathe in the surroundings, the environment and energy of the forest, allowing them to slow down, breathe, and refocus on their body, while connecting to their various senses.

May 19 - 21 Meditation Retreat

June 10 METTA & Shinrin Yoku RETREAT one Day retreat. 9:30am-1:30pm

June 24 - Thien / Zen Archery 9am-4 pm with Dave Martin

11-13 August Meditation Retreat

1-3 September Welcoming Statues

Địa Tạng Bồ Tát (Jizo Bosatsu or Kṣitigarbha)


Di lặc Bồ Tát (Miroku Bosatsu or Maitreya)

8-10 September Precepts Retreat

16-22 October Fall Retreat

1-3 December Gong Fu Martial Arts Retreat with Dave Martin

9 December Bodhi Day

Click to learn more about Forest Bathing

Dear ones,

Spring starts Monday, Mar 20 and ends Wednesday, Jun 21

I will be traveling from 21 March - 28 March. During my travels, I'll attend a novice ordination and the opening of a new temple. Buddhist monks often travel to add their numbers to special ceremonies and share in the great teachings. It is a joy and an honor to be a part of such a caring community. Our lineage in the Lâm Te Dyana School (Linji/Rinzai Zen) has been carried in the hearts of teachers from the time of the historical Buddha, through China, into Viet Nam and the world. From this heart to heart transmission, may we all learn to be well and happy and may we all know love and peace.....Thay Kozen

"Among the founders of the world's major religions, the Buddha was the only teacher who did not claim to be other than an ordinary human being. Other teachers were either God or directly inspired by God. The Buddha was simply a human being and he claimed no inspiration from any God or external power. He attributed all his realization, attainments and achievements to human endeavor and human intelligence." by Dr. Jennifer N. McIntire

Click here to read more about Buddha's Life and Divinity

Thich Minh Thien, (Thay Z)

Abbot of Budding Dharma Temple

Arlington, Texas 

Addicted to Distraction

Sometimes we get distracted when wanting something new or different. Recently I was plagued by a continuing sinus infection that just wouldn’t quit. I wanted the sinus headaches to just go away or at least recede. Every time I thought I had escaped from the distraction of the headaches, they would reappear. I did try following Thich Nhat Hanh’s advice to just smile at the aggravation of the reoccurring headache and to just be with it. But I must admit my own desire to escape this physical interference frequently superseded my buddhist practice. I scoured the internet looking for methods and meds that would eliminate or at least lessen this physical condition that consumed both my mind and body and could not seem to come to terms with it. I could see how one could become distracted by being so in the moment of a physical or mental malady that one could lose sight of all the other wonderful moment to moment occurrences outside of the experience of the headache.

There may be distractions in all of our lives to which we may consciously or unconsciously become addicted. We might use a toxic substance, technology, media or other means of escape in an attempt to connect with a different experience from the one we are so focused on at the moment. What we find is that we are failing to fully focus on experiencing the complete being that we truly are in the moment. We slip away from the focus of being here and now with everything that makes up that experience. It might just be boredom or laziness that moves us to seek a distraction different from the delusion that has captured our attention in the moment.  Be it a major or minor distraction, we can lose our mindful connections.

If we can open ourselves up fully to the complete experience of the moment, including that to which we might be looking to experience more or less from, we again become full and complete with everything. We step away from distracting ourselves from being fully present. We then can appreciate that the point of life, as the Buddha taught, is to be present, here and now; in the moment.

We then can really taste the food we are eating. Really see the flowers and hear the music. Really feel the wind caress our face and feel the sun warming our body. Really anchor deeply to our breathing. And this complete mix includes those conditions from which we are seeking distraction like our body ailments, our boredom, our mental distractions and delusions. Taking it all in together becomes as complete a portrait of who we might determine we are in any given moment, connected beyond our individuality to the totality of all that we are. We then can be like a wave in the ocean; just a part of the whole. Our challenge through all of our distractions is to be here, right now, and fully present.

There is a simple tune sung in some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Sanghas. Some of the words of the song goes like this:

“We are all the leaves of one tree

We are all the stars in one sky

We are all the waves in one sea

The time has come for all of us to be as one,

We are all the waves of one sea.”

 Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

THURSDAYS Zen To Go - 11am-12pm Full Service - 5:30pm-7:30pm

Email Thay Z
Click here to Visit the Budding Dharma Website

Recovery Dharma, help for addictions

Recovery Dharma (RD) is a worldwide program of peer support for persons recovering from substance use disorders and also 'process addictions' such as gambling, overeating, tech addiction, and other harmful or dysfunctional behaviors. RD uses Buddhist principles and practices and draws lessons from other peer support recovery programs including 12-Step fellowships such as AA and Al-Anon.


The book Recovery Dharma can be downloaded for free or purchased at 

Click here for the Recovery Dharma Website

Why do I go to Morning Meditation on ZOOM?

by Mary

It’s not pretty, but I somehow manage to roll out of bed, feed my two cats, and pull up the Zoom

link for the 6:30 a.m. meditation. The reward is being able to see a bunch of familiar faces, all

waking up with me. We begin by taking turns sharing what we are grateful for, who we would

like to send loving kindness to, and anything from our favorite choice of pizza to how we would

like to improve our meditation practice for the day. Then we sit. The whole thing starts with the

Chant of Compassion and ends with the Well-Wishing Chant and the Dedication of Merit.

It is hard to pinpoint exactly how this regular practice has benefited my life. It’s really an

intangible thing. What I do know is that it has helped me take steps to put “gratitude” and

“kindness” on my radar, especially at the start of the day. I am grateful to those who were there

when I first pulled up the link, and I am grateful to those who keep showing up on the screen.

This has been such a gift that I often find myself trying to fit in an evening meeting as well.

We Make Stuff Up!

All of us make decisions, judgements, and concepts every day. These mental formations may or may not be based on anything real. They most often are a reflection of our own egoistic presence.

"What the Buddha taught is that we're all twitching masses of greed, insecurity and social programming. We hurtle through our lives grasping at whatever we think will soothe our existential angst while batting away whatever hurts us or pushes our ego buttons" Barbara O'Brien

Click here to read about Judgement

The Cats in the Cradle

by Harry F. Chapin, Sandy Chapin

My child arrived just the other day

He came to the world in the usual way

But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay

He learned to walk while I was away

And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew

He'd say "I'm gonna be like you, dad"

"You know I'm gonna be like you"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon

"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when"

But we'll get together then

You know we'll have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day

He said, thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play

Can you teach me to throw, I said-a, not today

I got a lot to do, he said, that's okay

And he, he walked away, but his smile never dimmed

It said, I'm gonna be like him, yeah

You know I'm gonna be like him

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon

"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when"

But we'll get together then

You know we'll have a good time then

Well, he came from college just the other day

So much like a man I just had to say

Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?

He shook his head, and he said with a smile

What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys

See you later, can I have them please?

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon

"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when"

But we'll get together then, dad

You know we'll have a good time then

I've long since retired, my son's moved away

I called him up just the other day

I said, I'd like to see you if you don't mind

He said, I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time

You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kids have the flu

But it's sure nice talking to you, dad

It's been sure nice talking to you

And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me

He'd grown up just like me

My boy was just like me

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon

"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when"

But we'll get together then, dad

We're gonna have a good time then.

In this journey of life we have a choice to make. What is really most important? How do we live our best and most legitimate life? In following the Buddha's path we are able to choose a life with dignity, loving kindness, and a lessening of suffering for ourselves and others. Thay Kozen

Our Breath Can Heal

Dr. Sten Ekberg's video is a good guide to learn breathing techniques for healing and relaxation. Breathing for health correctly is an excellent healing technique that everyone can do. Breathe to heal your body, have wellness and reduce stress. This breathing technique is great for sleep, anxiety, health, relaxing and more. This breathing technique is great for kids and adults

Click here to watch youtube about Breath and Healing

A Healthy Diet and Lifestyle

are the keys to preventing and managing cardiovascular disease.

It’s not as hard as you may think! Click the link below for what to eat, avoid, and do for a healthy heart.

The American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

Dragonfly Play School

Dragonfly is a play based preschool for children ages 3-6.

Our mission is to care for and nurture each child’s curiosity, kindle a love of nature, and honor the sacredness of childhood. We are fortunate to establish Dragonfly Play School at The Trout Lake Abbey, an organic farm, retreat center and spiritual home to people of all faiths, with a Buddhist temple and Druid Sanctuary on site.

Our cooperative families form a close community of support, getting to know one another’s children and other family members and forging friendships beyond the classroom.We are a small school, with space for only 6 children each year.

Click Here To Visit The Dragonfly Website
What Will Happen to Your Body If You Walk Every Day
A fun and informative you tube video. Walking has many health benefits for all ages.
Taking good care of our physical and mental health is a happy practice.
Click here to watch youtube video

Winter Beauty

Snow and freezing temperatures have filled our valley with winter beauty.

Tree branches covered in snow frame views of the new statue

Clearing a path through the snow to make an incense offering.


Rev. Scott has brought us into the modern age with text reminders for all of our meditation meetings.

You can sign up for a text meeting by:

Send a text to (833) 460-0792 with the messages below to subscribe to mediation service text reminders.

  • For a Saturday Morning Service reminder, text sitsat
  • Monday evening, text sitmonpm
  • Tuesdays in Hood River, text sittuehr
  • Tuesday evening, text sittue
  • Wednesday evening, text sitwed
  • Thursday evening, text sitthu
  • Friday evening, text sitfri
  • Weekday mornings, text weekdayam

For example, if you want reminders for Saturday morning services, you’d text sitsat to (833) 460-0792

May the Infinite Light of Wisdom and Compassion so shine within us
that the errors and vanities of self may be dispelled; 
so shall we understand the changing nature of existence and awaken into spiritual peace.

Mt Adams Buddhist Temple   46 Stoller Rd., Trout Lake WA 98650  509.395.2030