Special Events

37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

By H.E. Khondung Asanga Vajra Sakya
Date: Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm, then Q&A 4:00 – 4:30 pm, both days
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Members $55, Non-Members $75

Advance Payment and Registration is Recommended:
1. Online, via Paypal at http://conta.cc/2xPeqbp
2. In person at Sakya Monastery in Seattle.
3. By personal check on a U.S. bank, to be mailed to the Monastery.

The 37 practices of a Bodhisattva is a mind training manual with a set of instructions composed by Gyalse Thogme Zangpo, a monk and scholar in the 14th century.  It serves as a practical guide towards how to lead one’s life in the practice of generating true compassion on our path to attaining enlightenment.  The timeless advice in this simple yet profound teaching has universal relevance even to this day and age.

His Eminence Khöndung Asanga Vajra Sakya Rinpoche is the son of H.E. Khöndung Ani Vajra Sakya Rinpoche, the second son of the Phuntsok Phodrang family and Dagmo Chimey la.  He is also the youngest grandson of the late H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and therefore a direct descendent of the unbroken Khon lineage which dates back to 1073. His Eminence is also the grandson of H.E. Garje Khamtul Rinpoche, a highly realized and accomplished Nyingmapa master on his mother’s side.  His Eminence Khöndung Asanga Vajra Rinpoche was born on May 1st, 1999 in Seattle Washington. In April of 2005 at the age of five, H.E. Asanga Vajra Rinpoche left Seattle to study and train at the Tharlam Monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal. In the ensuing years, H.E. Asanga Vajra Rinpoche received many important teachings including the Lamdre Tsogshey from his late paternal grandfather, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche and the Lamdre Lobshey teachings from his paternal grand-uncle H.H. the 41st. Sakya Trichen Rinpoche. He has also received many other very important empowerments, teachings and oral instructions from other great masters such as H.H. the 42nd Sakya Trizin, H.E. Chögye Trichen, H.E. Khenchen Appey Rinpoche, H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, H.E. Jetsun Chimey Luding as well as from his maternal grandfather H.E. Khamtul Rinpoche.  Since 2013, H.E. Asanga Rinpoche has been studying and continues to study under the private tutelage of the most Venerable Khenchen Gyatso Rinpoche, the former principal of the Sakya College.

Vajrasattva Initiation

By H.E. Khondung Asanga Vajra Sakya
Saturday, December 16
Time: 10:00 - 11:15 am
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Members $55, Public $75

Prerequisite: One should bathe the morning of the initiation and one should wear new or clean white clothes. In addition, one should be vegetarian (no eggs, meat, alcohol or garlic) and be celibate the day of the initiation and the 24 hours following.

Advance Payment and Registration is Recommended:
1. Online, via Paypal at http://conta.cc/2xPCT0z
2. In person at Sakya Monastery in Seattle.
3. By personal check on a U.S. bank, to be mailed to the Monastery.

The practice of Vajrasattva (Dorje Sempa) is for the purification of one’s karma created through the body, speech and mind. The practice purifies and mends broken commitments, especially the Vajrayana vows.

His Eminence Khöndung Asanga Vajra Sakya Rinpoche is the son of H.E. Khöndung Ani Vajra Sakya Rinpoche, the second son of the Phuntsok Phodrang family and Dagmo Chimey la.  He is also the youngest grandson of the late H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and therefore a direct descendent of the unbroken Khon lineage which dates back to 1073. His Eminence is also the grandson of H.E. Garje Khamtul Rinpoche, a highly realized and accomplished Nyingmapa master on his mother’s side.  His Eminence Khöndung Asanga Vajra Rinpoche was born on May 1st, 1999 in Seattle Washington. In April of 2005 at the age of five, H.E. Asanga Vajra Rinpoche left Seattle to study and train at the Tharlam Monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal. In the ensuing years, H.E. Asanga Vajra Rinpoche received many important teachings including the Lamdre Tsogshey from his late paternal grandfather, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche and the Lamdre Lobshey teachings from his paternal grand-uncle H.H. the 41st. Sakya Trichen Rinpoche. He has also received many other very important empowerments, teachings and oral instructions from other great masters such as H.H. the 42nd Sakya Trizin, H.E. Chögye Trichen, H.E. Khenchen Appey Rinpoche, H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, H.E. Jetsun Chimey Luding as well as from his maternal grandfather H.E. Khamtul Rinpoche.  Since 2013, H.E. Asanga Rinpoche has been studying and continues to study under the private tutelage of the most Venerable Khenchen Gyatso Rinpoche, the former principal of the Sakya College.

Guru Rinpoche Bumtsok Retreat

Led by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm with a lunch break from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
To register, visit: http://conta.cc/2rDmsS1
Prerequisite: None
Please bring a tsok offering and your dorje, bell and damaru drum if possible. Also bring food for a potluck lunch.

If someone wants to become a Buddha or a Bodhisattva, one needs to accumulate merit and purify one’s 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.

Ven. 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.

Dharma Lecture: The Benefits of Prostration

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

Prostration is a very powerful activity that can clear away obscurations of body, speech, and mind. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will give a detailed explanation of correct intention and method.

Prostration is a preparation for clearing past and present negative karma. There are two kinds of prostrations- full body prostration and 5 point prostration.

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.

Yellow Dzambhala Initiation

By: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Date: Sunday, July 23rd
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
To register, visit: http://conta.cc/2tukxkq
Suggested contribution: Public $30, Members $20
Prerequisite: none

Dzambhala is a deity of wealth whose blessings remove the obstacle of poverty, bringing wealth and abundance to Dharma practitioners. As it is difficult to attain spiritual realizations while afflicted by lack of resources, Dzambhala generates prosperity so that practitioners have the time, energy, and means to practice and attain enlightenment.

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 president of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America.

Medicine Buddha Initiation

By: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, July 9th
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
To register, visit: http://conta.cc/2sBmAmq
Suggested contribution: Public $30, Members $20

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.

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.

The Complete Path: Year One

The Complete Path: A Systematic Training From Sutra to Tantra
2017: Clarifying the Sage’s Intent
by Sakya Pandita
Saturday, August 5, 2017 to Saturday, August 12, 2017

This text is a classical treatise on the theory and practice of the Mahayana studied in the Sakya tradition. Sakya Pandita describes the stage of the bodhisattva path from the beginning right up to full and perfect enlightenment, following the teaching tradition of the great early Kadampas on the ten stages of practice. Sakya Monastery will provide all participants with a new edition of the text published specifically for this program.

For details, please see our flyer

To pay online for the program, visit: conta.cc/2rVQ5RG


Teacher: 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 is a resident Lama of Sakya Monastery in Seattle, WA, and 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.

Translator: 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.

9th Annual Saka Dawa Retreat -- 1,000 Armed Chenrezi and Nyen Nye Vows

Led by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel Rinpoche
Friday and Saturday, June 8th & 9th
Time: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
No retreat fee, but offerings to the Lama and the Monastery are welcomed.
To register, visit: conta.cc/2o72uNF

The  fourth  month  of  the  Tibetan  Buddhist calendar is called “Saka Dawa.”  

The full moon day (15th day) of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism: the Buddha’s Conception, Enlightenment, and parting into Nirvana.  It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this specific day.  The merit generated from these virtuous activities increases 10 million fold.  This year, that day is Thursday, June 8th, when for the benefit of all sentient beings and world peace, Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will begin the retreat. The practice for this retreat is the 1,000-Armed Chenrezi.

Participants may take Nyung Nye vows for increased merit.  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 may take vows by which to abide for the whole day.  On the first day, in accordance with a partial fast, a potluck vegetarian lunch is eaten at noon and liquids are taken. On the second day, no food or drink at all is consumed. In addition, on the second day, there is no talking except for the recitation of the practice.

On Friday only, please bring a vegetarian entree to share. 

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 president of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America.

Dharma Lecture: Sunyata and Chandrakirti's Sevenfold Reasoning and the Importance of Sunyata in the Hevajra Practice

Lecturer: The Vidyadhara Acharya Mahayogi Sridhar Rana Rinpoche
Saturday, May 27th
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members per talk
Prerequisite: None

Emptiness is the main view of the Paramitayana. It is considered the only antidote to ignorance, which is the innate clinging to the concept of a self as real existence. In the Vajrayana system, Emptiness is paired with Luminosity as the final view, and the Hevajra practice is intimately related to the unity of luminosity and emptiness. Without a proper understanding of what is meant by emptiness in the Mahayana system, it is considered to be dangerous. Nagarjuna says misunderstanding emptiness is like catching a snake at the wrong end! There are many authentic ways to understand the meaning of emptiness in the Mahayana; the Sevenfold Reasoning method devised by Chandrakirti is the easiest to understand.

The Vidyadhara Acharya Mahayogi Sridhar Rana Rinpoche was born in Kathmandu in 1949 to an aristocratic family. Seeking spiritual answers, he first practiced Hindu Tantra and Vedanta. Unsatisfied, he continued and found the Buddhadharma. He practiced initially in the Zen tradition until he met his first Vajrayana teacher, the Venerable Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and started Vajrayana practice. He recently completed a 21 year retreat at his residence in Kathmandu, which he practiced under the guidance of HE Chobgay Trichen Rinpoche, HH the 41st Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, and HE the Fourth Karma Thinley Rinpoche. He was conferred the title of 'Acharya' by HE Karma Thinley Rinpoche in 1994 followed by the titles of 'Rinpoche' and 'Mahayogi' by HE Chobgay Trichen Rinpoche, and the title of 'Vidyadhara' by HE Karma Thinley Rinpoche in 2013. He is committed to a lifetime retreat in the Tse Tsam style which allows for the retreat to be held with short breaks and thus he is currently on a travel and teaching tour. The Vidyadhara writes prolifically, primarily in English, on various aspects of Buddhism.

Next of Kin Committee Presents: An End of Life Paperwork and Pizza Party

Facilitated by: Laura Ellis & Moses Tovar
Saturday, May 6th
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall

The NOK Committee is hosting an informal get-together where you can bring your end of life paperwork, ask questions, and receive support from the group. End of life paperwork tends to be a “work-in-progress.”

Sometimes a little help from friends is all that is needed to take that next step. Please come and join us!

•   Begin or finish documents such as: your will, healthcare directive, and durable power of attorney
•   Create or finalize your Buddhist end of life wishes document.
•   Bring your laptop and use an online form to create a will in just 10 minutes!
•   Ask questions and share ideas!

6th Annual Book and Bake Sale

Saturday, May 20, 10am to 4pm
Sunday, May 21, 10am to 2pm
Members Only Preview: Friday, May 19, 5:30 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!

 

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