History

At the time that North American Buddhist Alliance was founded, no Buddhist network existed in the region. Given the rapid population growth of Buddhists and Buddhist groups across the U.S. and Canada, an information hub that informs the public about various Buddhist groups that exist and for these groups to share information or even take collective action seemed sorely needed.

We understand there is value in a continental Buddhist network such as the European Buddhist Union. Regionally, Northwest Dharma Association in the Pacific Northwest has been around for more than 25 years and appears to demonstrate that a simple model with a directory of member groups, regular online communication such as a newsletter, and occasional non-sectarian mahasangha gatherings indeed enhance intrafaith intersections among Buddhist communities.

Hence with an opportunity at the 2015 International Dharma Teachers Gathering at Omega, a couple of dedicated individuals began breathing reality into dream. Twenty-nine Dharma teachers at the Teachers Gathering also demonstrated their leadership by supporting North American Buddhist Alliance, signing on as founding member groups.

Sensing the dire need and being grateful for the 29 founding Member Groups, a handful of us stepped forward to make NABA a reality. With this website, a quarterly NABA E-Newsletter, and opportunities for Member Groups to share event information and collaborative projects with one another and the public, we hope Buddhists and Buddhist groups will benefit from this North American hub of resources and interactions!

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Our Board

Reverend Guo Cheen
Reverend Guo CheenFounder of The Compassion Network
Founder of The Compassion Network and resident ordained Mahayana nun at the TCN Buddhist Center in Seattle, WA. Co-Editor of the award winning Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership. Author of Translating Totality in Parts: Chengguan's Commentaries and Subcommentaries to the Avatamsaka Sutra. Speaker and author of academic articles on translation theories and Buddhist doctrines.
Venerable Pannavati
Venerable Pannavatiformer Christian pastor
Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service.
Reverend Myokei
Reverend MyokeiNichiren priest
Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin, a Nichiren priest and the resident teacher at Myoken-ji, a temple in Houston, Texas. The daughter of an African American father and a Japanese mother, Myokei Shonin is the first woman of African American and Japanese descent—and the only Western woman—to be ordained as a priest within the worldwide Nichiren Order. (She is also the first female priest in the Nichiren Order of North America.)
David Lawson
David LawsonCo-founded Still Mountain Buddhist
David Lawson co-founded Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center and currently leads its Teachers Council. David has trained as a teacher in both the Theravada and Tibetan traditions. He has led meditation retreats, classes and workshops in a variety of settings. He is especially interested in exploring ways in which the Buddha’s teachings can be applied to our most pressing daily challenges. Although his primary practice remains in the Theravada tradition, David believes that much can be learned through dialogue across the major Buddhist traditions.

"I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done." – Buddha

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