The Seattle Buddhist Center is part of an international Buddhist movement known as the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order) which aims to make available the teachings and practices of Buddhism in a form accessible to those in the West. The Center offers a range of activities and resources to further these aims.
12056 15th Ave NE, Unit C-2, Seattle, WA 98125
Google Map The entrance is on NE 123rd St.
Directions from North bound I-5
Take the NE 130th Street exit. Turn right at the traffic light, following NE 130th St. as it becomes NE 125th St. Turn right on 15th Ave. NE (there is a traffic light). In one block turn left onto NE 123rd St. We are on the right in Unit C-2.
Directions from South bound I-5
Take the NE 145th St. exit from I-5. Turn left and continue East on NE 145th St to a traffic light at 15th Ave NE. Turn right and continue South to the NE 123rd. The Center is in the building on the left side of the street and the entrance is on NE 123rd.
About the Triratna Buddhist Community
The Triratna Buddhist Community, or the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) as it was then called, was founded by Venerable Sangharakshita who, although English by birth, spent twenty years in Asia studying and practicing under teachers from the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. Returning to England he became convinced of the need for a new Buddhist movement in the West, which would communicate the ideals of Buddhism by drawing inspiration not only from the three main Buddhist traditions but also from the cultural and artistic heritage of the West.
The Triratna Buddhist Community has established centers in many countries with each center encouraging the leading of a Buddhist life based on sound ethical principles and the creation of a more spiritually helpful environment by participation in meditation classes, study, retreats, residential communities and right livelihood businesses. At the heart of the Triratna Buddhist Community is the Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly the Western Buddhist Order (WBO)).
The Triratna Buddhist Order
The Triratna Buddhist Order is the spiritual community of men and women who have committed themselves to the three great Ideals to be found at the heart of the Buddhist tradition: the Ideal of Human Enlightenment; The Ideal of the Path of Truth leading to Human Enlightenment; and the Ideal of Spiritual Friendship for all.
Sangharakshita is the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Triratna Buddhist Community. He was born in South London in 1925 and given the name Dennis Lingwood. In his youth he was very interested in the cultures and philosophies of the East, and at the age of sixteen realized that he was a Buddhist after reading the Diamond Sutra. The Second World War took him to India. Following the war he stayed on and was eventually ordained a bhikhu (a Buddhist monk) at which time he was given the name Sangharakshita which means ‘protector of the spiritual community'. He spent over twenty years in India studying with teachers from the major Buddhist traditions.
On returning to England in the sixties, Sangharakshita founded the FWBO and the WBO. His aim was to help Buddhism take firm root in the West in a form unburdened by the cultural accretions of any particular nationality or tradition. It is a translation of the universal principles of Buddhism for modern, secularized societies. Sangharakshita, now in his 80's, is no longer involved in the day-to-day activities of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
More on Sangharakshita can be found here.