Special Events

Sharing the Dharma

Spiritual Teachings By H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Translation by Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Sundays, April 12th and 19th, May 10th and 17th and June 28th
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.

Sharing the Dharma

Spiritual Teachings By H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Translation by Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Sundays, April 12th and 19th, May 10th and 17th and June 14th and 21st
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.

Special Lecture: Vajrayogini Tsok Instructional Class

Lecturer: Stephanie Prince
Saturday, April 11th
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Class fee: $20 Non-Members, $15 Members
Prerequisite: Vajrayogini empowerment, Vajrayogini sindura blessing, or highest yoga empowerment of Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, or Kalachakra

Vajrayogini is a Wisdom Dakini.  In the Sakya tradition there is an extensive teaching by Jamyang Khyentse Wangchuk, a sixteenth century scholar and meditator, that delves deeply into many facets of yogic practice using Vajrayogini as the central yidam (meditation deity).  Based on that text, we will discuss her symbolism in conjunction with the study of the Vajrayogini Tsok liturgy and learn the appropriate mudras and music offerings.  

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.

Dharma Class Series: Essential Knowledge of Buddhism

Wednesdays: April 8th - May 27th
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall (Shrine Room on April 29th)
Class Fee: $60
Prerequisite: Must have taken Refuge or be registered to take Refuge on April 26th

There will be a 15 person limit. Please register with the office (monastery@sakya.org, 206-789-2573, or in person).
Course reference book: A Concise Introduction To Tibetan Buddhism by John Powers.

This course will teach the foundational concepts and practices of Buddhism to motivate beginning and intermediate practitioners. This six session series is designed to ground students in the core principles and theory underlying  Buddhist practices and which are the basis of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Note: There will be no class Wednesday, May 6th and 13th.  Classes will resume the following week.

Session Topics & Teachers:

1.  The Buddha, Buddhism, Taking Refuge
Date: Wednesday, April 8th
Instructor: Eric Dulberg

2. The Four Noble Truths and  an Introduction to Buddhist practice and meditation.
Date: Wednesday, April 15th
Instructor: Eric Dulberg

3. Mahayana path: Bodhicitta, the Bodhisattva vow,   and the Six Perfections (with tonglen instruction)
Date: Wednesday, April 22nd
Instructor: Stephanie Prince

4. Selflessness & Dependent Origination with focus on The 12 Links & Wheel of Life
Date: Wednesday, April 29th
Instructor: Murray Gordon
Location:  Shrine Room

5. The Buddhist path in Tibetan Buddhism
Date: Wednesday, May 20th
Instructor: Stephanie Prince

6. Mind and Meditation
Date: Wednesday, May 27th
Instructor: Ven. Lekshay Sangpo

Wrathful Guru Rinpoche Empowerment

Bestowed by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, April 5th
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite:  Refuge; please bring tsok items such as fruit and beverages.

Wrathful Guru Rinpoche is one of the many manifestations of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava).  Through this empowerment and practice you can remove your outer, inner and secret obstacles in order to generate tantric realizations, especially diseases of an emotional or mental nature. Through this practice you can also help others.  The soul and blessing of empowerment is to keep the samaya between the guru and the student.  Through this empowerment you will also learn the different wrathful manifestations of Guru Rinpoche.

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 Live Animal Release

For the Long Life and Good Health of H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho, our Lamas, and Buddhist Teachers of All Schools

Saturday, March 21st
Time: Meet at Sakya Monastery at 8:30 am

Tibetan Buddhists have traditionally practiced releasing animals otherwise destined for slaughter (semchen tsetar tangpa).   For the animals whose lives are saved, the freedom and relief from being killed helps to bring happiness to them.  The practice generates an immense amount of merit that we can dedicate for the benefit of all sentient beings.  We will be raising funds to release Dungeness crabs into their natural habitat and be dedicating it for the long life and good health of our precious teachers.  This activity brings long-life and good health to the participants and donors.

Please join H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho, members of the Sakya family, our lamas, and Sakya Monastery members and friends for this year’s animal release in Anacortes.  We are extremely fortunate to have H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche leading the prayers.  Please join others to carpool up to Anacortes at 8:30 am or you can arrange to meet in Anacortes at 10:45 am.  Maps will be made available.

We are collecting donations for the animal release.  Note that 100% of all donations collected for this event are used towards purchase of the animals.  Donations can be made through Paypal.  Donations can also be made by check or cash.  Please make donations by March 18th.


For more information, please contact the Monastery, Tulku Yeshi (206-390-6567) or Kristine Honda (425-503-2251)

Kunrik Mandala Puja

On Thursday, March 5th, which is the 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar, Sakya Monastery will be sponsoring a Kunrik Mandala Puja from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. The benefit of the Kunrik Prayer service is favorable rebirth (in the human realm for continued Dharma practice).

These prayers also remove obstacles for those who are sick. People should bring the name(s) of loved ones who are sick or have passed away. If you are not attending, you are still welcome to submit names to be included in these prayers. Please email these names to the Sakya Monastery office.

Participants can bring food, candle, fruit, incense or monetary offerings for the Shrine. Please be vegetarian on the day of these prayers.

Movies with Meaning: Happy

Saturday, March 21
Time: 7:00 pm

Please join us for the second in a series of movie screenings at Sakya Monastery.

The film shown will be Happy, a documentary that explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries, weaving in the newest findings of positive psychology. Donations are welcome at this screening. We look forward to seeing you at these, and future movie nights.

Happy description:
Does money make you happy? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? Roko Belic, director of “Genghis Blues” now brings us Happy, a film that sets out to answer these questions and more. Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

For more about Happy, you can visit IMDB's page about this movie.

Special Lecture: Combining Compassion and Emptiness

Lecturer: Ken Hockett
Sunday, March 8th
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Class fee: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

This will be a practice-oriented study of The Eight Verses of Mind Training of Kadam Geshé Langri Tenpa and how to incorporate them into a daily Mind Training Practice. We will discuss Mind Training in general and its purpose and place in Mahayana Buddhist practice. We will examine the eight verses and we will discuss their meaning with emphasis on the practice of Tong-Len and Calm-Abiding/Insight Meditation as components of the training. We will discuss a daily framework within which to provide personal continuity to this most essential practice. All necessary materials will be provided.

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.

Dharma Lecture: Teaching of the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, March 1st
Time: 1:30- 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: 100 Shitro Deities empowerment or Oral Transmission of the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Traditionally when you practice and study the Tibetan Book of the Dead, empowerment and oral transmission is received in order to receive the blessings from the unbroken lineage from Guru Rinpoche himself. Ideally, the best is to receive empowerment of the 100 Shitro deities and next best is to receive the oral transmission of the book. For practitioners you need at least one of them to receive this particular teaching. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche has the unbroken lineage of Nyingma masters directly from Guru Rinpoche on this special book.

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.

Medicine Buddha Initiation

Bestowed by H.E. Dagmo Kusho
Sunday: March 15
Time: 1:30 pm
Suggested contribution: Public $35, Members $25
Prerequisite: On the day of the empowerment, one must be vegetarian (no eggs, meat, alcohol, or garlic) and celibate the entire day (24 hours).

The Medicine Buddha, or Bhaishajyaguru, alleviates suffering, sickness, and injury and thus prolongs human life, improving the human opportunity to attain enlightenment. The Medicine Buddha is a manifestation of Shakyamuni Buddha, who gave medicine teachings to the Fourfold Assembly. He holds a medicine bowl and radiates healing rays of energy to all sentient beings.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya 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. Dagmola is married to H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmola specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

 

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