Special Events

Sharing the Dharma

Spiritual Teachings By H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Translation by Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Sunday, September 13
Time: 10:00 - 10:15 am (15 Minutes before Chenrezi)
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Free, donations accepted

Out of his great compassion, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya will be answering Dharma questions from Sangha members for the benefit of our spiritual growth and development. People are welcome to submit a question to the office.  Because Dagchen Rinpoche will be answering one question per session, not all questions will be answered.  This is a very precious opportunity to hear directly from the eldest lama in the Sakya tradition and one of the highest Tibetan lamas living today.  

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, Head Lama of  Sakya Monastery,  was born in Tibet in 1929.  Rinpoche is the head of the Phuntsok Podrang of the Khon lineage of the Sakyas family.  He continues the great Sakya lineage which began with Khon Konchok Gyalpo (1034—1102).  He received teachings of the unbroken Khon lineage, the Sakya Vajrakilaya, the Hevajra and the complete Lamdre Tsogshe, from his father, H.H. Trichen Ngawang Thutop Wangchuk, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö and Dilgo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.  

In 1960, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche was invited to work on a University of Washington research project on Tibetan civilization which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.  At the request of students, he co-founded with H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche the Sakya Tegchen Choling, a center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.  In 1984, the center became known as Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

For the purpose of the preservation of Tibetan culture and religion, Rinpoche has overseen the religious activities and administration of the center/Monastery since its inception. Now that the Monastery is completed, Rinpoche is placing greater emphasis on education.  The Virupa Educational Institute is devoted to the study of Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhism in general, religions, cultures, and sciences from around the world. Non-sectarianism and education are major components to Rinpoche’s teaching, in keeping with the beliefs of his root lamas.

Rinpoche regularly leads meditations, gives teachings and initiations, conducts Refuge ceremonies in which people formally become Buddhists, and holds special services upon request such as house blessings, shrine blessings, consecrating religious objects, marriages, baby blessings, divination, and healing to subdue negativity. Rinpoche regularly travels to teach in Asia, Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States.

Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya has over 20 years of international experience translating for venerable Buddhist masters.

Dharma Lecture: The Two Sakya Monastery Chenrezi Practices

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, August 16th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: None

Chenrezi is the Bodhisattva of compassion. For this practice we have two wonderful texts we use at Chenrezi pujas weekly. These texts are rich and meaning and significance. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will explain these two texts in more detail and include teaching on self-generation and front-generation, and dissolution of the deity during the practice. As well, he will teach on proper motivation and how to practice on one's own with these texts. Rinpoche will also give an oral transmission on the two texts.

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.

Buddhist Board Game Night

With an introduction by H.E. Dagmo Kusho

Saturday, August 8
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Free; Dana accepted

Have fun with other Sangha members, and learn something, too! We will spend an evening playing "Rebirth," a board game created by Sakya Pandita which teaches the cycles of birth and rebirth, as well as the various states of existence. H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya will open the evening with a talk explaining Buddhist beliefs taught by the game, such as reincarnation, karma and the motivations for a good rebirth. We will then play the game in which no one wins, no one loses!

Beverages will be served. Please bring along a snack to share.

Sakya Monastery 2015 Annual Summer Campout

July 31 – August 2

 


WHEN: From noon on Friday, July 31st until 3:00 pm, Sunday, August 2nd.

WHO: All Sakya Monastery members, friends and their families are invited!

HOW: Please RSVP to sign up and pay for meals. Please submit meal payments before July 21st so we know how much food to purchase. To participate in the shared meals, the cost is $10/day for adults, $5/day for children 10 years and up, and free for children under 10 (a total of 8 meals will be served).

DIRECTIONS: Contact Sakya Monastery to receive driving directions.

Guru Rinpoche Bumtsok Retreat

Led by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Saturday & Sunday, July 18-19
Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm with a lunch break between 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Prerequisite: None
Please bring a tsok offering and also your Dorje, bell and drum if possible.

If someone wants to become a Buddha or a Bodhisattva, one needs to accumulate merit and purify their defilements. A very meritorious practice of Guru Rinpoche is a Bumtsok, which is a 100,000 Tsok offerings to Guru Rinpoche. It is fine to join the first day, the second day, or both. If you cannot come, it is considered very meritorious to donate food or money for a tsok offering for this event. Candles and flowers are acceptable as well.

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.

Yuthok Nyingthik Empowerment & Tsa-lung and Tummo

Bestowed by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Saturday, July 11th
Empowerment - 10:00 am - noon
Tsa-Lung and Tummo - 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: None

The tummo and tsa-lung practices are high yoga techniques that are absolutely necessary for practitioners of Tantra. These yogas help to open your channels & create great bliss. Tummo has long been used to generate body heat even in the coldest snow mountains of the Himalayas. These yoga techniques come from the Yuthok Nyingthik by Yuthok Yonten Gonpo (1126-1202) who is widely regarded as the main founder of Tibetan Medicine. The Yuthok Nyingthik is the main Tantric Buddhist practice cycle associated with Tibetan Medicine. It is traditionally considered to be an important spiritual component of healing, and moreover is regarded in all Tibetan Buddhist traditions as a very special method for quickly attaining awakening and realization.

<b>Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche</b> 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.

4th of July Potluck Picnic

Bring: a dish to share, family and friends!!! Let’s have fun!

WHERE: Carkeek Park, tables 30-33
950 NE Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, WA, 98177
Tel: (360)779-3205

WHEN: The site is reserved from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, July 4th.

DIRECTIONS: Go to http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/CarkeekPark/directions.htm

5th Annual Book and Bake Sale

 
Saturday, June 27th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, June 28th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location:  Sakya Monastery Cultural Hall
 
 

This year we have over a thousand books with every interest represented! We also have CDs, DVDs, and video games. There will be a wide selection of delicious bake goods for sale.

Please gather up all those books sitting on the shelf and help make this the biggest book sale yet! Please no magazines, cassette or VHS donations. Book donations will also be collected during regular open hours of the monastery. Everyone is welcome. Tea and donuts are available for those who come early to the book and bake sale!

All proceeds benefit the Sakya Earthquake Relief Fund for Nepal.

Dharma Lecture: The Correct View

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, June 28th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: None

The view has three delineations:

1. When you understand the View, the nature of all phenomena, you understand the inseparability of acceptance and rejection.
2. The Path - understanding the meditation of experience.  The method of Bodhisattvas which incorporates Shamata, Vipassana, and Ngondro.
3. Integration of the View and the Path leading to the Result.
 
Venerable Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will explain the importance of the View, the Path, and the Result.  When one understands and practices these, one can attain the inseparable view of samsara and nirvana.

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.

Annual Member Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, June 14
Time: Noon
Location: Cultural Hall

-------- Agenda:
1. Distribution of the 2014-2015 Annual report
2. Election of new Board of Advisors
3. Recognition of volunteers and supporters
4. Have fun!

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.

 

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