Special Events

Dharma Lecture: Buddhism and Life in Tibet

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, June 7th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: None

Buddhism came to Tibet 1300 years ago, and became very important in the daily life of all Tibetans. Whether a monk in a monastery or a layperson doing household duties, Tibetans’ activities are permeated by Dharma practice. Tulku Yeshi will discuss this and share inspirational stories.

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 twenty-five 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. He is now working on producing a documentary on His Holiness Jidgal Dagchen Rinpoche’s life.

7th Annual Saka Dawa Retreat

Led by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Tuesday, June 2
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Retreat fee: $30 Public, $25 Members

The fourth month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar is called “Saka Dawa.” “Dawa” means “month” in Tibetan. Of the 28 major stars tracked in Tibetan astrology, “Saka” is the name of the star which is closest to the earth and thus most prominent at that time.

In particular, the full moon day, or 15th day, of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism. It is the day of the Buddha’s Conception, Enlightenment, and passing into Nirvana. It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this specific day. The merit generated from these virtuous activities increases 10 million fold on this day in Saka Dawa. This year, that day comes on Friday, June 2nd.

On this auspicious occasion and for the benefit of all sentient beings and world peace, Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will lead a One-Thousand Armed Chenrezi Prayer service at Sakya Monastery. Students can participate in the prayer service for as long as they wish between 9 am and 4 pm. All participants should plan to be vegetarian for the entire day. (No meat, eggs, alcohol, garlic, onions, or ginger.)

Schedule for Friday
9:00 AM – Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche gives the Nyung Nye (fasting) vow
10:00 AM – Non-vow participants arrive and everyone will join in the 1,000 Arm Chenrezi practice and the other practices until Noon
Noon-1:30 PM – Vegetarian lunch for participants
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Practices resumes
3:00 PM – Tea break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Practices resume
4:00 PM – Dedication of Merit
If you must end your retreat early, please remember to dedicate Merit.

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 was graduated as Khenpo in 2004 after thirteen years of study. He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. 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.

June Family Dinner Night

Monday, June 1st, 6:30 pm
Sakya Monastery Cultural Hall

Join us for the Family Dinner Night. A potluck style meal where can sit back, relax, take part in great conversations, reconnect with old friends and make a few new ones over a delicious meal. Everyone is welcome to come. No need to RSVP. Please bring a pot luck dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information, please contact the Sakya Monastery Friendship Circles: sanghaconnections@gmail.com

Movies with Meaning: Milarepa

Saturday, May 23
Time: 7:00 pm
Free, donations accepted

Please join us for the next in a series of movie screenings at Sakya Monastery. This series will continue with the screening of Milarepa, a film that depicts the humble beginnings of the man who was to become Tibet's greatest saint. Milarepa offers a provocative parallel to the cycle of violence and retribution consuming today's world. We look forward to seeing you at this, and future movie nights.

In his directorial debut, Buddhist lama Neten Chokling vividly presents the captivating story of Milarepa, the man who would become Tibet s greatest yogi and saint. In the dramatic setting of 11th century Tibet- a time of roaming sorcerers and yogis, according to Buddhist legend- a young Milarepa falls into a world of betrayal and hardships. The greed of others upturns his privileged life, dropping him into a void of despair, humiliation, pain and anger. He sets out to learn black magic- and exact revenge on his enemies- encountering magicians, demons, an enigmatic teacher and unexpected mystical power along the way. But it is in confronting the consequence of his quest for vengeance that he learns the most. Filmed on the breathtaking scenic Indo-Tibetan border, with Tibetan monks serving as most of the cast and crew, Milarepa glows with a unique visual and spiritual charge.

2-Day Saka Dawa Nyung Nye Practice

Requested by: The Tibetan Association of Washington
Led by: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel Rinpoche
Thursday and Friday, May 28th– 29th
Time: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Monastery Shrine Room
All are welcome

In Tibetan, the word “Nyung” means less. “Nye” means remaining. This means that we reduce our negativity and, ideally, eliminate it entirely. Nyung Nye is a practice of fasting and purification. Each morning, one takes vows and abides by them for the whole day. On the first day, one vegetarian potluck lunch is eaten at noon and liquids are taken. On the second day, no food or drink at all is consumed. In addition, this second day of practice is done in silence. On each day, practitioners do the 1,000 Arm Chenrezi practice.

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 was graduated as Khenpo in 2004 after thirteen years of study. He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. 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.

Dharma Lecture: Handbook for Half-Buddhas

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, May 24th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members

The Handbook for Half Buddhas is Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche’s second Dharma book in English. It describes how to practice Tibetan Buddhism, and may contain answers to your questions. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will make himself available during the lecture for students who have specific questions. Books will be available that day for those who are interested.

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 twenty-five 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. He is now working on producing a documentary on His Holiness Jidgal Dagchen Rinpoche’s life.

Beginning Tibetan Language

Mondays: May 11 – June 8 (5 classes)
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Monastery Library/Cultural Hall
Instructor: Eric Dulberg
Course fee: $75 for the public, $50 for Sakya Monastery members

This is the beginning course for the Tibetan Language Course of study of literary Tibetan. Learn to read, write, and pronounce the Tibetan alphabet. Also begin to learn the very unusual way that letters are combined to form syllables.

Given our busy schedules and unforeseen situations, it is often difficult to learn the alphabet well the first time we try. Students who have already studied the alphabet with me and who wish to continue learning the alphabet, are welcome to take the course again: and with a 20% discount from the fee.

Class size is limited. Please register by emailing instructor: ericd1000@hotmail.com. Instructor will respond by email by April 19.

Eric Dulberg is a member of Sakya Monastery. During the past 20 years he has taken formal courses and extensive private classes in literary and colloquial Tibetan with Gen Lobsang Thonden (author of Modern Tibetan Language, vol. 1 & 2), Ani Dawa, Gen Tenzin Thubwang, author Gavin Kilty, Gen Tenzin Tinley (of U Virginia, Cornell, etc), Gen Tsetan Chonjore (author of Colloquial Tibetan – A Textbook of the Lhasa Dialect), and with Dr. Jeff Schoening. Eric’s professional background includes a BS in physics and a MPH and DrPH in epidemiology.

Special Lecture: How to Set Up a Shrine in Your Home

Instructor: Ngakpa Tashi Paljor
Sunday, April 26th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Donation: $20 public; $15 members

When you begin to practice Tibetan Buddhism spiritual practices, you may want to set up a shrine and maintain it in your home as your special space for meditation. In this class, you will learn the purpose and benefits of a shrine and how to set up your own. You will learn the purpose and types of daily shrine offerings, the meaning and significance of the Eight Offerings, how to remove daily and older offerings, and how to close the shrine for the night.

Ngakpa Tashi Paljor began studying with H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche in 1977, and in his attempt to understand the teachings of the Buddha, joined Rinpoche in Pilgrimage in 2003 and Lamdre in 2007. He has taken teachings from many of the great Lamas of the 20th century and has been practicing Buddhism since 1972.

Family Dinner Night

Monday, April 6th, 6:30 pm
Sakya Monastery Cultural Hall

Join us for the first Family Dinner Night at Sakya Monastery.  It’s an evening to sit back and relax, take part in great conversations, reconnect with old friends and make a few new ones over a delicious meal. Family, friends, or loved ones are welcomed to join in fun. Please bring a pot luck dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information and to RSVP, please contact the Sakya Monastery Friendship Circles:  sanghaconnections@gmail.com

Special Lecture: The Meaning and Significance of Retreat

Lecturer: Ken Hockett
Sunday, April 19th
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Class fee: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

There is a long-standing tradition of Buddhist practitioners doing retreats in order to focus on meditation that goes back to the days of Shakyamuni Buddha.  There are many different reasons and objectives for doing retreat.  In particular, retreats are necessary for concentrating on Vajrayana deity yoga sadhana practice. This class will discuss the purposes. planning and structure of a meditation retreat.

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 10 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 produced many of the practice texts used at Sakya Monastery.

Meditation Series: Vipasssana and Shamatha Meditation

Lecturer: Venerable Lekshay Sangpo
Mondays: April 13th, 20th, 27th and May 4th
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested donation: $25 public; $20 members per class
Prerequisite: None

Shamatha (calm abiding) and Vipassana (insight) are ancient types of meditation that come from India. Each type has its own benefits. The first 3 classes will be learning/practicing Shamatha. Then the 4th class will teach Vipassana. A daily meditation practice of any type is a very beneficial life-long activity. This class is for both beginners and current practitioners. It is never too soon to learn meditation, but it can sometimes be too late! Venerable Lekshay recommends reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. Please wear loose and comfortable clothing, and beginners, please bring some rolled up fluffy socks for knee support.

Venerable Lekshay Sangpo studied Zen Buddhism for 20 years. After seeing the Dalai Lama in Seattle in 1993, he became a Tibetan Buddhist. He found H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche in 1994, and has been a student of his ever since. He received his getsul (novice) vows in 2001, and his gelung (Bhikshu) vows in 2004, both from H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in Nepal. He has been living, studying, and teaching Dezhung Rinpoche and the monks at Tharlam Monastery in Nepal part-time since 2000.

 

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