About Us

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Eastside Friends of the Dharma is a group with an ethical purpose, fostering care and taking interest in the community following basic guidelines of Buddhist teachings – kindness, love, compassion, and wisdom.

Vision: An open-hearted community where everyone matters and belongs.
Mission: To foster a spiritual community that supports the awakening of our basic goodness and builds our capacity to benefit all beings.
Values: We embody the Five Mindfulness Practices, specifically Reverence for Life, True Happiness, True Love, Loving Speech and Deep Listening, and Nourishment and Healing.


Bhikshuni Lhundup Chodon

Venerable Chodon is a Buddhist nun who has been teaching since 1990. She has studied and taught Dharma throughout the U.S. and internationally. She received her Bhikshuni ordination from Thich Nhat Hanh. As a teacher, Ven. Chodon uses gentle humor and practical examples to help others benefit from the application of Buddhist wisdom to daily life.

Ven. Chodon’s Weekly Teaching Schedule

Ven. Chodon’s Travel Schedule


Sue Hessel

Marie Jacobson

Board Members
Milissa Wales


Spiritual Director-Communication-Education-Upcoming retreats
Contact: Lhundup Chodon lhundupchodon@gmail.com.

Contact: Sue Hessel
Oversees the finances of our 501(C)(3) organization.

Note: Please check Board Meeting page for a summary of what is new with the board.