Special Events

Green Tara Initiation

by H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Members $25, Non-Members $35
Prerequisite: One must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the initiation. One must also be celibate on that day.

As the embodiment of the Great Wisdom Mother, Green Tara is the Savior of all beings. Meditation on Green Tara is believed to be very effective in releasing beings from distressing circumstances both great and small.

Her Eminence Dagyum Kusho Sakya, also known as H.E. Dagmo Kusho, was born in Kham, Eastern Tibet. As the niece of one of the most highly realized Sakya Masters of the twentieth century, H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche III, her training in Buddhist practice began at an early age. She has received extensive teachings and empowerments from many great lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism throughout her lifetime. Dagyum Kusho is the widow of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. She is currently the Acting Head Lama of the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, WA. Dagyum Kusho specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

H.H.J.D. Sakya Dorje Chang's 2nd Memorial

Date: April 30
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room

Led by His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin.
Honored guest: Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche joins this prayer service.

Rinpoche and the Buddha 

This is an opportunity to show devotion to our guru by honoring the parinirvana of our esteemed teacher, the founder of Sakya Monastery. The Monastery has chosen the profound Chenrezi practice of loving kindness to celebrate the legacy of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and his Dharma activities, including fostering the unbroken stream of the Chenrezi practice in the West. Prayer texts will be available in both Tibetan & English transliteration.

Participants may support this event by bringing monetary or Tsok offerings, or by sponsoring a lunch; please contact the office to do so.

Dharma Lecture: 35 Buddhas

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, April 8th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members per talk
Prerequisite: None

There are many ways to purify our defilements and obscurations, some of which are derived from the Sutras and some from the Tantras. A particularly beautiful practice that originates from the Sutras is making confession to the 35 Buddhas. In Tibetan Buddhist history, many practitioners attained realization by using this short and simple, yet very profound practice.
Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will give the oral transmission, give a teaching, and lead us in practice, if time permits.

Ven. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche comes to us from the Dzongsar Insitute in North India, where he taught and served as library director for many years. He received his Degree of Acharya after nine years of study and graduated from Dzongsar University with a Ph.D. in philosophy. Following his 13 years of study, he was ordained an Abbott (Khenpo) in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. He also spent three years of silent retreat in Tibet. He has received empowerments from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and from many great masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa, and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse. He now teaches intermediate and advanced level classes on Buddhist philosophy, sutra and highest yoga tantra all over the world. He is also the founder and president of Tibetan Education Foundation, as well as the former president (2014-15) of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America. Additionally, he is the President (2017-19) of the North America Sakya Monlam World Peace Foundation.

Movie Marathon: Buddha, weekend #2

Saturday, April 28th
Time: 1:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Donations for pizza are welcome

March 24 we began a monthly DVD Movie Marathon of the show The Buddha, a 55 episode magnum opus on the life of the Buddha. We will show 6 episodes in one go, serve popcorn, and order pizza as well. The screenings will continue every fourth Saturday in 2018, through November. You don’t want to miss this!

Kalachakra Empowerment

His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2, 2018
May 1: Empowerment is from 5-8pm, and registrants can meditate quietly in the room from 2 to 4pm while His Holiness prepares.
May 2: Empowerment is from 2-8pm, and registrants can meditate quietly in the room from 10 am to noon while His Holiness prepares.
Location: Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA
Fee:  
  Sponsors (Priority Reserved Seating): $350
  Sakya Monastery members: $140
  Non-Members: $200
  Ordained Sangha: Complimentary  (please register)

Registration Required: http://conta.cc/2Cn9U61

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The Kalachakra tantra belongs to the Supreme Yoga set of tantras and thus contains the most subtle instructions on the achievement of Buddhahood. This particular initiation of Kalachakra to be bestowed by His Holiness belongs to the Vajramala collection of the great master Abhayakaragupta.

The initiation of Kalachakra was first bestowed by Shakyamuni Buddha, manifesting in the deity’s form, upon King Suchandra at the stupa of Dhanyakataka in India. Subsequently the King took the tradition with him to his mystic kingdom of Shambhala, where it was preserved by a line of bodhisattva kings. It was brought back to India in the medieval period by the siddha Chilupa.

By receiving this initiation, one establishes the imprint of future rebirth in Shambhala at the time of King Rudra Kulika, whose reign will bring about the renewal of the golden age.

Commitments:
This two-day teaching is appropriate for followers of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. To receive the initiation, it is necessary to have taken refuge. Note that although there is no practice commitment, one has to make the commitment to maintain the three vows, i.e., the vows of individual liberation, bodhisattva and vidyadhara. Thus for Dharma practitioners, this initiation is a wonderful way of obtaining or renewing these extremely important vows through the blessing of His Holiness and Kalachakra. It is necessary to attend both days of the initiation.

His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Gongma Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche (the 42nd Sakya Trizin), is the eldest son of His Holiness Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin).  He is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of Tibetan Buddhism, renowned for his erudition and the clarity of his teachings. On March 9, 2017, the 42nd Sakya Trizin accepted the mantle of leadership from his esteemed father and root guru. As the new throne holder of the lineage, he will continue to guide and inspire Dharma students from all over the world with his wisdom, genuine qualities of unaffected simplicity, humility and complete honesty, by presenting the Buddha’s teachings in the most authentic way, while maintaining the purest of Buddhist traditions.

Movie Marathon: Buddha

Saturday, March 24th
Time: 1:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Donations for pizza are welcome

March 24 we will begin a monthly DVD Movie Marathon of the show The Buddha, a 55 episode magnum opus on the life of the Buddha. We will show 6 episodes in one go, serve popcorn, and order pizza as well. The screenings will continue every fourth Saturday in 2018, through November. You don’t want to miss this!

Kunrik Puja

Thursday, March 1st
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Prerequisites: One must not eat meat, eggs, or garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the puja.

This Kunrik Puja will be led by Dorje Lopon Khenpo Jampa Tenphel, with participation from Tulku Yeshi and Lama Migmar. The benefit of a Kunrik prayer service is a favorable rebirth (in the human realm for continued Dharma practice) for those who have passed away. For those who are sick, it removes obstacles. The service will include a Sur practice, which benefits those who have passed away by facilitating their passage through the bardo, purging attachment to objects, and helping them to achieve harmony with local deities, nagas, and formless spirits.

People should bring the name(s) and photo(s) of loved ones (including pets and other sentient beings) who are sick or have passed away. Those who cannot attend are welcome to submit names via email to include in these prayers.

Participants may bring food, candles, fruit, incense, or monetary offerings for the shrine. In appreciation for their prayers, a monetary offering to the lamas is in keeping with Tibetan tradition. Please be vegetarian on the day of these prayers.

If you are interested in helping to sponsor this puja, please contact our office (monastery@sakya.org or 206-789-2573).

Dharma Lecture: Spiritual Art

Lecturer: Lama Migmar
Sunday, March 25th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members per talk
Prerequisite: None

We have seen the beauty of Tibetan Buddhist art: Thangka paintings, statues, mandalas and more. In this series, Lama Migmar explains how and why spiritual art is used by Buddhist practitioners to deepen our spiritual practice and bring  us closer to our own Buddha Nature.

Class One, on March 25, 2018, will cover how Lama Migmar got started and trained to paint and sculpt sacred images. The history of Thangka painting and sculpture;  layout, materials and their creation; the importance of statues, how they are filled and consecrated and why. As an added bonus he may even tell us more about the statue of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang that resides in our Shrine Room.

Ven. Lama Migmar was born in Kham (eastern Tibet) and studied Dharma at Kyegu Monastery, the largest and oldest Sakya monastery in the Kham region. He trained extensively in both sculpture and painting, and completed many deity retreats. He was the primary disciple of his master Lobsang Thugje from 1987 to 1993; his master created the statues in His Holiness the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala. Lama Migmar's work is featured in Kagyu, Nyingma, and Sakya monasteries throughout Kham; one monastery contains over 100 of his Shitro deity statues. He has lived in India, Nepal and Malaysia, and created extensive artwork in those locations. He came to Sakya Monastery in 2007, and is Sakya Monastery's resident artist. He has recently completed a thangka of the Sakya Lamdre lineage. Currently he is working on other Buddhist paintings and can be commissioned to create thangkas, statues, and deity masks for Buddhist practitioners.

Dharma Lecture: The Three Doors of Liberation

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, March 18th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members per talk
Prerequisite: None

The Door of Liberation of Emptiness, the object.
The Door of Liberation of Signlessness, the cause.
The Door of Liberation of Wishlessness, the result.

We say this on Sundays during Chenrezi, but what does it really mean?

Join Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche for an exploration of this topic, the second of a two part series (the first talk, The Four Freedoms, was given on January 14)

Ven. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche comes to us from the Dzongsar Insitute in North India, where he taught and served as library director for many years. He received his Degree of Acharya after nine years of study and graduated from Dzongsar University with a Ph.D. in philosophy. Following his 13 years of study, he was ordained an Abbott (Khenpo) in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. He also spent three years of silent retreat in Tibet. He has received empowerments from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and from many great masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa, and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse. He now teaches intermediate and advanced level classes on Buddhist philosophy, sutra and highest yoga tantra all over the world. He is also the founder and president of Tibetan Education Foundation, as well as the president of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America.

Dharma Lecture: Two Ways of Knowing Phenomena

Lecturer: Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggestion Donation: Members $20, Non-Members $30

This will be a comprehensive presentation on these two sides of mind by defining specific characteristic, identifying respective objects and differentiating mode of complex comprehensions. In particular, Geshe Jamyang will emphasize the importance of applying these topics to our daily lives, and in our dharma paths toward both immediate sense of ascertainment in following the intended paths and finally leading to the ultimate awakened mind.

This talk is mainly based on the Sakya Pandita’s text entitled “Treasure of (Buddhist) Epistemology and Reasonings,” as well as Geshe Jamyang’s decades of psychological and clinical knowledge/experience developed while living here in the West.

Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim received his “Loppon” an advanced degree in Indo-Tibetan Psychological/Philosophical studies from Sakya (Monastic) College in India after studying 10 consecutive years under the late Khenchen Appy Rinpoche. He then served as a faculty member teaching Buddhist philosophical studies for two years at the Sakya Institute, Puruwala, India. He became a close attendant/translator for the late H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche III in Nepal for several years. After arriving in USA, Jamyang was officially appointed as a resident dharma teacher in Olympia, WA by H. H. Dagchen Dorje Chang in 1988 and has been serving as a Dharma teacher for the last 29 years. He was a former Tibetan Buddhist monk for twenty years. He is also a founder of the Nalanda Institute (Center for Buddhist Studies and Meditations) in Olympia. Jamyang was a visiting faculty member teaching Sakya Pandita’s Buddhist logic and Epistemology at IBA, Nepal in 2002.

In the west, he then received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 1997 from Saint Martin’s University and his B.A. from The Evergreen State College in 1992 with an emphasis in Western Psychology. He has been practicing as a mental health therapist since 1990 and is a WA state licensed mental health counselor as well as works as a therapist at the Evergreen State College. He also teaches at the same college mainly East/West Psychology, Buddhist Epistemological and psychological model of mind emotion and specializes in a clinical application of mindfulness in mental health issues as well as well-being in a daily life.

Special Lecture: The Five Dhyani Buddhas

By Stephanie Prince
January 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Donation: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members

This session will focus on the five Dhyani Buddhas (also known as the five Tathagata Buddha Families): Ratnasambhava, Akshobya, Vairocana, and Amitabha, and Amoghasiddhi. We will learn about the five Dhyani Buddhas’ attributes, associations, and what they represent. We will also learn about their pledges. The class will include a short meditation on the mandala of the five Dhyani Buddhas and will help you to better understand who they are and their importance in our meditations.

Stephanie Prince has studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition for more than 40 years and holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington. She has received teachings and major initiations in the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Sakya LamDre (Path with its Fruit), both the Lamdre Tsogshay and the Lamdre Lobshay. She has taught on general Buddhism and has guided Buddhist ritual classes at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. She also serves as a Buddhadharma mentor and VEI catalog editor.

 

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