About Bellevue Dharma

Do you want to learn meditation, but it seems when you try you can’t do it?

Do you want to meet some people who are also interested in meditation and contemplative practices?

Would you like a meditation technique that will support your current practices and beliefs?

Then, consider dropping into our Tuesday online group and experience Buddhist meditation


Bellevue Dharma is a small friendly group of meditators studying and practicing the Buddha Dharma in Bellevue, Washington.

At this time we are meeting on Zoom on the first and third Tuesday at 6:50 pm.

Our meetings are intended to be supportive and friendly, so as to encourage understanding of each other’s practices. The general orientation is Buddhism, but you need not be a Buddhist.

We usually begin the group with a period of meditation followed by tea and a short talk and discussion about our practice. The intent of the group is to be helpful to those who would like to learn more about the Buddhist path. Beginners are welcome!

If you are interested, please contact Bill Cooper at BellevueDharma@gmail.com for more information.

About Bill Cooper

I believe Buddhist teachings and meditation practices can be highly useful in modern, daily life, and I’m dedicated to bringing these teachings to anyone who would like to learn them.

I am a Zen teacher in the Soto lineage and I am currently practicing with Rev. Taiun Elliston of the Atlanta Soto Center and members of the Silent Thunder Order, including Zenku Sensei at Mission in Montana. I am indebted to this Sangha for their encouragement and teaching, and I recommend visiting their websites for resources on Zen teachings, discussion, service chants, and affiliate Practice Centers.

I also have a strong relationship with Ajahn Rithi the abbot of Wat Atammayatarama (Wat Atam) in Woodinville, and I actually enjoy reading Pali suttas!

Going to the very beginning of my Buddhist practice, I learned Buddhist meditation in 1981 under the guidance of Matsuoka, Roshi in Long Beach, California. He ordained me as a Zen priest in 1986. I have fond memories of Matsuoka and the beautiful simplicity of the Long Beach Zen Center, and I am attempting to bring some of his wholehearted practice to our group in Bellevue. I received Dharma Seal from Matsuoka Roshi in July, 1992.

In 2010 I a retreat with Jason Siff, who teaches Recollective Awareness which is derived from Early Buddhism. I felt a strong connection to several of Jason’s teachings, such as allowing thoughts, as well as emotions during meditation, and developing an explorative, gentle process towards all experiences we encounter in meditation. I participated in the Skillful Meditation Project Teacher Training program and for several years I taught Recollective Awareness Meditation under the guidance of Linda Modaro of Sati Sangha, Nelly Kaufer of Pine Street Sangha and Jason Siff of Recollective Awareness.

I also studied for several years with Jack Duffy of Three Treasures (2003-2008), Robert Moore (Ji Bong) of Dharma Zen Center 1993-1998, and Joko Beck of San Diego Zen Center (1989-1993). And their wonderful sanghas!

I’ve lived in the NW for over 20 years, and I’m a licensed psychotherapist. Prior to this, I worked in the Orange County Alcohol and Drug Program from 1988 to 1998  as a clinician and manager.