Special Events

Dharma Lecture: The Four Freedoms

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, January 14
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members

“Free from assertions regarding philosophical views,
Free from mental fabrication in meditation,
Free from accepting and rejecting regarding conduct,
Free from hope and fear concerning the result:
These four, which established the practices and characteristics
of the Three Doors of Liberation, are the ultimate topics
of the four philosophical systems.”

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

Join Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche to explore this topic, which establishes the practices and characteristics of the Three Doors of Liberation*, the ultimate topics of the four philosophical systems.

* The Three Doors of Liberation will be covered in a separate class on March 11.

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.

Live Stream from Taiwan - The Way of Invinvible Love (H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche)

Friday and Saturday, January 12-13
Time: 6:00 pm each day
Location: The talk is in Taipei but will be Live Streamed to the Sakya Monastery Cultural Hall
Free, donations accepted; all are welcome

Maitreya is the future Buddha prophesied by Shakyamuni to be fifth of the thousand Buddhas of the fortunate era. Even now, Maitreya is said to reside in the celestial realm of Tushita as one of the eight closest sons of the Buddha and the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ immeasurable loving kindness, working to bring happiness to all sentient beings.

The Majestic Aspiration of Maitreya Part 1
Friday, January 12, 6pm
As a great Bodhisattva, Maitreya made a majestic aspiration before Shakyamuni Buddha to become a Buddha himself, which Shakyamuni then recounted in the Stack of Jewels Sutra. By reciting this aspiration ourselves, we recollect and evoke all the most important factors for living the Bodhisattva’s way of life and reaching Buddhahood. Moreover, the aspiration purifies all negativity and increases merits for a positive future for ourselves and all sentient beings.
The transmission of this sacred text has survived in an unbroken lineage from the Buddha down to Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche, who will not only bestow the transmission but explain the deep meaning of the prayer, especially how to practice the six transcendent perfections of the Mahayana path.

The Majestic Aspiration of Maitreya Part 2
Saturday, January 13, 6pm
Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will complete his explanation of this precious teaching and conclude by bestowing the transmission of Maitreya’s Promise, another special text from the sutras that includes mantras to bring oneself as well as deceased loved ones and even animals a favourable future, and to be in Maitreya’s presence when he manifests enlightenment, as well as fulfilling our wishes and increasing wealth. He will also bestow the transmission of Maitreya’s Hundred and Eight Names, with its great dharani-mantra for world peace, which relieves all troubles, conflict, and negativity.

His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Sakya, the Head Lama of the Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang, was born in Seattle on May 26, 1993, the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. At the age of six, he began his training in India to follow in the footsteps of his noble Khon forebears. Since that time, he has received an uninterrupted stream of transmissions and teachings from his grandfather His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya (1929-2016), including the Lamdre Tsogshay, from His Holiness Sakya Trizin including the Lamdre Lobshe, and from many high Lamas of the Sakya tradition.

Having mastered the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completed meditation retreats, and presided as Vajra Master of the annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Ghoom, Darjeeling, H.E. Avikrita Sakya enrolled in 2010 at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research. There he is successfully building on his extensive learning in the BuddhaDharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition. As well, since 2016, he has assumed the role of revision teacher (teaching assistant) at Dzongsar Institute.

For more than eight years, H.E. Avikrita Sakya has been sharing his rich Dharma teachings with warmth, clarity and wisdom around the world.

Special Lectures: The Pragmatic Teachings of the Buddha

Wednesdays, January 10 and 24
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Donation: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members

Based on the book After Buddhism by Stephen Batchelor, this class reviews fundamental Buddhist teachings:  the Four Noble Truths, the Two Truths, and Dependent Arising. We will consider the effects of the spread of Brahmanism in India and of doctrinal orthodoxy in shaping the transmission of these teachings. In addition, the Four Tasks and Two Grounds are presented as pragmatic and accessible teachings of the Buddha to be gleaned from the Pali scriptures. In that connection, we will investigate Batchelor’s four central ideas representing the uniqueness of the Buddha’s teachings:

· the principle of conditionality
· the practice of a fourfold task
· the perspective of mindful awareness
· the power of self-reliance

Jeffrey Schoening (Upasaka), holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies, and is a longtime member and interpreter at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Jeff is the author of The Shalistamba Sutra and Its Indian Commentaries (Vienna 1995), a two-volume study of teachings on dependent arising. He served as a health care chaplain at Swedish Medical Center and Northwest Kidney Center and is currently a private practice spiritual director.

Sharing the Dharma

by H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Sunday, January 7th and March 4th
Time: 11:15 - 11:45 pm
Location: Shrine Room

Sharing the Dharma Continues!

We are pleased to announce a very special series of teachings with Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho (Dagmola) Sakya. Dagmola has had many roles throughout her lifetime:  wife of our founding Lama, His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang, mother, grandmother, and as one of the few female Buddhist lamas she is considered a spiritual mother by students all over the world.
     
Through the eyes and special insight of this amazing spiritual teacher, we have a rare opportunity to hear about the teachings of the Lord Buddha: stories of faraway places, Tibetan culture, spiritual masters and much, much more.

Join us on the first Sunday of each month from 11:15 - 11:45 AM, directly after Chenrezi practice, for the continuation of Sharing the Dharma.

These teachings will also be live-streamed for free at our website: http://dagmokusho.sakya.org

Jan 7, 2018: The Benefits of Green Tara
Learn how Green Tara can be used in our daily lives to help alleviate fear and anxiety. Dagmola will explain how we can overcome the eight great fears by practicing Green Tara.

February 4, 2018
There will be no Sharing the Dharma this day because of the Refuge Ceremony.

March 4, 2018: Indonesian Pilgrimage Stories
H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya, author of the book Princess in the Land of Snows, will share amazing stories of her recent pilgrimage to Indonesia, where she visited historical Buddhist temples such as Borobodur, as well as Kalasan temple, where Atisha had a vision of Tara. If you miss the live stream, we will post a recording a few days after her talk.

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.

The Four Awakening Activities Registration

Bestowed by H.E. Sakya Khondung Avikrita Rinpoche
Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11, 2018

HEAvikrita Rinpoche with hat

 

*** Online Registration is closed. If you haven't registered but would like to attend, you can register at the door. ***

 

To register for H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche's events, use the links below:

1. All 6 events (including the closing ceremony): http://conta.cc/2zISYJP

2. Session 1: http://conta.cc/2hHVSru

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4. Session 3: http://conta.cc/2yThS68

5. Session 4: http://conta.cc/2yUQ69f

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7. Closing Ceremony (no charge, but registration required): http://conta.cc/2ySyZ85

 

The Four Awakening Activities

Bestowed by H.E. Sakya Khondung Avikrita Rinpoche
Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11, 2018

HEAvikrita Rinpoche with hat

In Vajrayana Buddhism, practitioners use a diversity of skillful methods to accomplish what are known as the “four awakening activities”. These activities are not the ordinary actions of karma but the extraordinary expressions of the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion that bring ultimate benefit to the world.

In February 2018, we are pleased to announce that our Head Lama, H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche, will bestow four very special initiations and teachings related to the four awakening activities of pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and eliminating. Avikrita Rinpoche will bestow the initiations with in-depth explanations about the meaning of the four awakening activities and how we can integrate the practices into our daily lives.

Attendee and Sponsorship Pricing:

   All Sessions:  Members: $180, Nonmembers: $250
   Single Session:  Members: $55, Nonmembers: $75
   Available Sponsorships:  Full event: $1,000 (Gift: 4 thangkas), Single Session: $300 (Gift: 1 thangka)

There are several ways you can register:

   1. Online, via Paypal at  www.sakya.org/1056-awakening-registration
   2. By phone, with the Sakya Monastery Office at 206-789-2573. Please have your credit card number ready.
   3. By personal check on a US bank, to be mailed to the Monastery
   4. In person at the Monastery.

Most of the attendees will be seated on the floor. Please let us know if you require a chair.

In addition to your registration, you are welcome to sponsor The Four Awakening Activities event to keep ticket costs accessible to all. In gratitude for your support, you will receive preferred seating, the opportunity to make the mandala offering for an initiation, and a gift listed above.

Please phone or email the office at 206-789-2573 or monastery@sakya.org if you have any questions.


  DAY ONE

Session 1 - The Bodhisattva Vow
Saturday, February 10, 10am-12pm – Opening Ceremony
A Bodhisattva is one who has gone for refuge in the Mahayana tradition and avows to cross the ten levels to reach the stage of a Buddha by carrying out the four awakening activities for the benefit of all sentient beings. The foundation for achieving that goal is to formally take the Bodhisattva vow. In this beautiful traditional ceremony, Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will confer the vow and explain its profound significance according to the classic teachings of the Sakya Masters.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow.
Commitment: To keep the Bodhisattva vow.
Traditional offerings of flowers, incense, etc., may be offered by 9:30 am for the monks to arrange on the shrine before the ceremony begins.

Session 2 - The Initiation of Parnashavari
Saturday, February 10, 2pm-3pm – Pacifying
The aim of the awakening activity of pacifying is to cure the illnesses and clear the negative energy of afflictive emotions and environmental disturbances that can hinder Dharma practice. Of the many pacifying practices that the Buddha taught, the foremost healing method is the practice of the leaf-clad goddess of the wilderness, Parnashavari.
Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will be bestow the initiation that includes a powerful healing ritual and will also give the transmission for the traditional Sakya healing practices based on Parnashavari.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation.
Commitment: To cultivate bodhicitta.

Session 3 -  The Initiation of Vasudhara
Saturday, February 10, 4pm-5pm – Enriching
The aim of the awakening activity of enriching is to increase the merits, lifespan and resources needed to develop Dharma practice. Of the many enriching practices that the Buddha taught, the foremost enriching method is the practice of the golden goddess who dispels all deprivation, Vasudhara.
Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will bestow the uncommon initiation that includes a transmission for making the traditional water-offering practice for abundance and will also give the transmission for classic Sakya practices based on Vasudhara.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring bodhicitta.
Commitment: To cultivate bodhicitta.


  DAY TWO

Meditation: An Ocean of Compassion
Sunday February 11, 10am-12pm – Chenrezi
As usual on most Sundays at Sakya Monastery, the Chenrezi practice known as An Ocean of Compassion will be held, presided over by Rinpoche.

Session 4 - The Initiation of Kurukulle
Sunday, February 11, 2pm-3pm – Magnetizing
The aim of the awakening activity of magnetizing is to draw influence and all positive qualities that support Dharma practice into our lives. Of the many magnetizing practices that the Buddha taught, the foremost magnetizing method is the practice of the alluring goddess who enchants the whole world, Kurukulle.
Rinpoche will bestow the initiation of the uncommon White Kurukulle and will also give the transmission for classic Sakya practices based on Kurukulle.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation.
Commitment: To cultivate bodhicitta.

Session 5- The Initiation of Black Tara
Sunday, February 11, 4pm-5pm – Eliminating
The aim of the awakening activity of eliminating is to fully overcome all the obstacles to Dharma practice. Of the many eliminating practices the Buddha taught, the foremost eliminating method is the practice of the wrathful goddess who defeats all dark forces, Black Tara.
Rinpoche will bestow the initiation as well as the transmission for classic Sakya practices based on Black Tara.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation.
Commitment: To cultivate bodhicitta.

Closing: The Long-Life Mandala Offering
Sunday, February 11, 5pm-5.30pm – Closing Ceremony
In gratitude for receiving The Four Awakening Activities, a traditional mandala offering service will be held with prayers for the long life of Rinpoche and the Khön Lineage.


His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Sakya, the Head Lama of the Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang, was born in Seattle on May 26, 1993, the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra and Dagmo Lhanze Youden.  At the age of six, he began his training in India to follow in the footsteps of his noble Khon forebears.  Since that time, he has received an uninterrupted stream of transmissions and teachings from his grandfather His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya (1929-2016), including the Lamdre Tsogshay, from His Holiness Sakya Trizin including the Lamdre Lobshe, and from many high Lamas of the Sakya tradition.

Having mastered the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completed meditation retreats, and presided as Vajra Master of the annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Ghoom, Darjeeling, H.E. Avikrita Sakya enrolled in 2010 at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research.  There he is successfully building on his extensive learning in the BuddhaDharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition.  As well, since 2016, he has assumed the role of revision teacher (teaching assistant) at Dzongsar Institute.

For more than eight years, H.E. Avikrita Sakya has been sharing his rich Dharma teachings with warmth, clarity and wisdom around the world.

 

活動簡介:

在金剛乘佛法中,修行者使用各種方便法門來成就大家所知的「四種證悟事業」。這些事業並非尋常業行,而是佛陀智慧與慈悲的非凡顯現,能給世間帶來究竟利益。我們欣然宣佈,2018年2月,相應於息、增、懷、誅四種證悟事業,薩迦寺法主無變金剛仁波切將賜予四壇非常殊勝的灌頂及開示。除灌頂之外,仁波切還將深入解釋四種證悟事業的意義,並指導大家如何將這些修行融入日常生活。

註冊方式:

1. Paypal付款,網址 www.sakya.org/1056-awakening-registration
2. 撥打薩迦寺辦公室電話+1 206-789-2573,並請準備好您的信用卡號碼等信息。
3. 郵寄美國境內銀行個人支票至薩迦寺。
4. 前來寺廟報名。

票價:
全部6場:會員180美元,非會員250美元
單個灌頂:會員55美元,非會員75美元
特別贊助:整場活動:1000美元(將獲贈4張唐卡);個別灌頂:300美元(將獲贈1張唐卡)

默認席地而坐,若您需要椅子,請告知我們。
為讓盡可能多的法友有機會參與,若您為此次活動提供慷慨贊助,我們將為您安排前排座位、供曼達及贈予上述禮物。

若您有任何問題,請撥打電話+1 206-789-2573 或郵件聯繫我們 monastery@sakya.org

日程安排:

第一天:

1.  菩薩戒
2月10日,星期六,上午10:00—12:00,開幕禮

菩薩是皈依大乘佛法傳承,並承諾為了利益一切有情眾生而行持四種證悟事業,從而歷經十地、臻得佛果的人。達成這個目標的基礎是正式受持菩薩戒。在這個美妙的傳統儀式中,仁波切會授予菩薩戒,並根據薩迦祖師的經典教法解釋其深奧的重要意義。

受法條件:已受皈依戒。
承諾:持守菩薩戒。
在儀式開始之前可以將一些傳統花、香供養交給僧人以莊嚴佛堂。

2.  葉衣佛母灌頂
2月10日,星期六,下午2:00—3:00,息法

息業旨在治癒疾病,及清除會給佛法修行帶來障礙的煩惱情緒和環境干擾的負面能量。在佛陀教導的多種息滅之法中,最具療癒力的法門就是身披葉衣的荒野天女——葉衣佛母(Parṇashavarī)修法。仁波切將給予灌頂和力量強大的療癒儀軌,以及薩迦派的葉衣佛母傳統療癒修法口傳。

受法條件:受過皈依戒且生起願菩提心者;灌頂前必須食素。
承諾:發菩提心。

3.  財源天母灌頂
2月10日,星期六,下午4:00—5:00,增法

增業旨在增長佛法修行所需的福德、壽命與資糧。在佛陀教導的多種增益之法中,首要的增長法門就是遣除一切貧匱的金色天女——財源天母(Vasudharā)修法。仁波切將賜予不共灌頂、傳統豐財供水修法的口傳,以及薩迦派的財源天母傳統修法口傳。
受法條件:受過皈依戒且生起願菩提心者。

承諾:發菩提心。

第二天:

    - 慈悲之海

2月11日,星期日,上午10:00—12:00,觀自在菩薩


仁波切將主持薩迦寺的周日例行修法,即名為《慈悲之海》的觀自在菩薩修法。


4.  作明佛母灌頂
2月11日,星期日,下午2:00—3:00,懷法

懷業旨在將護持佛法修行的一切影響力與功德攝入我們的生命。在佛陀教導的多種懷愛之法中,最具懷攝力的法門就是讓全世間著迷的誘惑天女——作明佛母(Kurukulle)修法。仁波切將賜予不共白作明佛母灌頂,以及薩迦派的作明佛母傳統修法口傳。

受法條件:受過皈依戒且生起願菩提心者;灌頂前必須食素。
承諾:發菩提心。

5.  黑度母灌頂
2月11日,星期日,下午4:00—5:00,誅法

誅業旨在完全戰勝修行佛法的所有障礙。在佛陀教導的多種伏誅之法中,最具誅滅力的法門就是降伏所有黑暗力量的忿怒天女——黑度母(Black Tārā)修法。仁波切將給予灌頂,以及薩迦派的黑度母傳統修法口傳。
受法條件:受過皈依戒且生起願菩提心者;灌頂前必須食素。
承諾:發菩提心。

6.   長壽曼達供養
2月11日,星期日,下午5:00—5:30,圓滿禮

為感謝傳授四事業法之大恩,受法弟子將獻上傳統曼達供養並念誦仁波切及昆氏傳承的長壽祈請文。


薩迦法王子無變金剛仁波切簡介:

尊貴的薩迦法王子無變金剛仁波切,於1993年5月26日(藏歷2120年水雞年4月初5)在西雅圖出生於吉祥薩迦昆氏家族圓滿宮。年僅六歲時,仁波切便追隨尊貴的昆氏家族祖輩足跡,前往印度開始學修訓練。從那時起,仁波切便開始從他的祖父薩迦吉達達欽法王、偉大的第41任薩迦崔津法王,以及薩迦法系的許多高階上師處領受無間斷的教法傳承。

在掌握了薩迦傳承的複雜儀軌、圓滿修持閉關、以及在大吉嶺的年度普巴金剛大法會上擔任金剛上師之後,2010年,仁波切進入宗薩高等佛教哲學研究學院(簡稱宗薩佛學院)學習。在那裡,他通過一系列的聞法與辯經獲得對薩迦法理傳承之經典論著的精通,從而成功奠定了其佛法之博學的基礎。從2016年開始,在學修之余,仁波切亦開始承擔宗薩佛學院復講師的職責。

近年來,仁波切開始以無與倫比的溫暖、明晰與智慧在世界各地分享其淵博的法教。

 

 

Annual Holiday Sale of Himalayan Handicrafts

Sunday, December 3
Time: 11:00am – 4:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall and Library
Cost: FREE

Come see the cultural hall and library transformed into a marketplace of Tibetan vendors at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Items offered for sale include statues, prayer beads, jewelry, prayer flags, incense, clothing, art prints, books, CDs, and Himalayan art calendars. Many of these items make wonderful holiday gifts!

At 12:00 pm enjoy a free tour of the Monastery’s Shrine Room with its traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas, and triple life-sized golden Buddha statue. Tibetan tea will be served.

Dharma Lecture: Benefits of Animal Release

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, November 12th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $20 Members, $30 Non-Members
Prerequisite: None

Animal release is common in traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is part of the practice of generosity. For this practice, participants must know the appropriate place, time, and suitable animals, and which prayers to use. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will explain in detail the correct way to perform animal releases. He has had the opportunity to perform animal releases many times in both the East and the West.

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama's Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche. He received teachings from forty masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tulku Yeshi has written thirteen books, ten of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, including “A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa.”  He has published three books in English: his autobiography “A Modern Liberation Odyssey - An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama”, “Handbook for Half-Buddhas” and “Tibetan Zen.” He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, can advise people on how to enjoy their life, and can bestow empowerments.  Currently he is working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle.

Dharma Lecture: Understanding Guru Rinpoche Practice

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, November 5th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members
Prerequisite: Guru Rinpoche Initiation

In this follow up class to the Guru Rinpoche initiation, Venerable Khenpo Jampa discusses Guru Rinpoche and the benefits of this practice. He will also go over the Sadhana and instruments used in our monthly Tso Kor Puja practice. There will be time for questions at the end of class.

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.

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, November 5th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members
Prerequisite: Guru Rinpoche Initiation

In this follow up class to the Guru Rinpoche initiation, Venerable Khenpo Jampa discusses Guru Rinpoche and the benefits of this practice. He will also go over the Sadhana and instruments used in our monthly Tso Kor Puja practice. There will be time for questions at the end of class.

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.

Special Lecture: Steps to Enlightenment

Five Paths and Ten Bhumis - An Introduction
Lecturer: Ken Hockett
Wednesday, October 25th
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members
Prerequisite: None

An analysis of the Prajnaparamita by the Indian Masters of the past reveals the process that leads to Enlightenment.  These are the Five Paths which lead to Buddhahood and the Ten Stages of Bodhisattva practice in Mahayana Buddhism. There is an essential body of commentaries related to the Paths and Bhumis. This class is an introduction to some of these commentaries and to the structure and the qualities of the Paths and Bhumis. This lecture is suitable for anyone interested in an overview of the Mahayana Buddhist Path.

Ken Hockett is one of the senior Dharma students at Sakya. After much reading and study, he took refuge before H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya in 1977. His principal interest is in the Mind Training methods and has been teaching these at Sakya Monastery for over 15 years. Having received teachings and initiations from Lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, his main teachers are of the Sakya and Nyingma traditions. He has also produces many of the practice texts used at Sakya Monastery.

Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara

Sunday, October 22nd
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Suggested donation: $15
All are welcome to attend.

The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a movement meditation in the Vajrayana tradition. It is a non-sectarian practice based on a traditional Tibetan text in which Tara’s 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessings and healing of each of the qualities to all beings. In this retreat, the dancers are led into a Mandala of dance and instructed in the subtlety of sacred movement and mudras (hand gestures). Participants learn experientially the philosophy, meditations, and visualizations of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice. At the end of the workshop the dancers will be adorned with saris (traditional Indian dress provided) and will dance for the community in an offering ritual. There is no dance experience necessary, men and women welcome.

Parvati Forrest Burke will lead the retreat. She is the Assistant Director of the International Tara Dhatu Student Teacher program leading Mandala workshops all over the country. For a full bio go to: taradhatu.org/bioParvati.htm

 

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