Special Events

Movies with Meaning: Paths of the Soul

Saturday, May 13
Time: 6:30 pm
Free, donations accepted

An astonishing journey of redemption, faith, and devotion. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yang (Shower, Getting Home) blurs the border between documentary and fiction to follow a group of Tibetan villagers who leave their families and homes in the small village of Nyima to make a Buddhist "bowing pilgrimage"-laying their bodies flat on the ground after every few steps-along the 1,200 mile road to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet. Though united in their remarkable devotion, each of the travelers embarks on this near impossible journey for very personal reasons. One traveler needs to expunge bad family karma, a butcher wants to cleanse animal bloodstains from his soul, another nearing his life's end, hopes that the prostrations will break the chain of cause and effect determined by his life's actions. Stunningly photographed over the course of an entire year, with non-professional actors and no script, Paths of the Soul is a mesmerizing study of faith that will inspire viewers to reflect on their own journey through life.

DHARMA LECTURE: MY DHARMA LIFE WITH H.E. DAGYUM KUSHO SAKYA

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, May 14th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members

H.E. Dagyum Kusho Sakya has been a great Buddhist teacher and great mother. She has inspired and continues to inspire thousands of people with her wisdom, compassion, and Dharma life. By her passionate, tireless practice and spiritual energy, pure vision, and unchangeable motivation, she is a wonderful role model for us to learn from. In this class, Tulku Yeshi will share advice and special times he has been able to share with her over the last 13 years.

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.

H.H.J.D. Sakya Dorje Chang Memorial: Chenrezi Drub Choe Prayers

Date: April 24th - 29th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room
April 24-28: Includes mini Tsok offering.
April 29: Honored guest Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche joins this prayer service. Also includes an elaborate Tsok offering.

This week will offer an opportunity to show devotion to our guru by honoring the parinirvana of our esteemed teacher, the founder of Sakya Monastery. The Monastery has chosen the profound Chenrezi practice of loving kindness to celebrate the legacy of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and his Dharma activities, including fostering the unbroken stream of the Chenrezi practice in the West.

Prayer texts will be available in both Tibetan & English alphabetical transliteration.

Participants may support this event by bringing monetary or Tsok offerings, or by sponsoring a lunch; please contact the office to do so.

White Tara Retreat

Offered by: H.E. Dagyum Kusho Sakya
Saturday & Sunday, April 22nd - 23rd
Time: 10:00 am -12:00 pm, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room

Suggested contribution: $120 Public, $100 members
To register online, visit conta.cc/2nF2esp
Prerequisites: All participants must have received the White Tara Cintamani Cakra initiation.

HE Dagyum Kusho has graciously agreed to lead an intensive 2 day White Tara Retreat, at the request of Adrienne Chan and Gillian Teichert. This retreat is especially beneficial for those who are born in a Year of the Bird. All participants must have received the White Tara Initiation on April 22 or previously. The program will include a teaching from H.E. Dagyum Kusho on Saturday morning from 10am to noon, and continue with intensive practice for the remainder of the retreat.

Please bring a vegetarian (no meat, poultry, fish, garlic, onion, egg) dish to share for lunch on Saturday, and eat exclusively a vegetarian diet from Friday night until after practice on Sunday. Lunch will be provided by the Monastery on Sunday.

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.

White Tara Initiation

Offered by: H.E. Dagyum Kusho Sakya
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Friday, April 21st
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members, $15 Children 12 & Under
Prerequisites: One must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the initiation. One must also be celibate for that day.
To register online, visit conta.cc/2o6UuMA

White Tara, Cintamani Cakra, is a refuge for all sentient beings and can guide everyone to the island of blissful liberation. She is well known as the Giver of Life. The practice of White Tara brings long life, subdues illness, evil spirits, and negative karma, and clears away mental obscurations and obstacles in one’s life.

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.

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

Special Lecture -- To Be or Not To Be: A Buddhist

Lecturer: Stephanie Prince
Wednesday, April 12th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

This class is for people with all levels of experience with Buddhism, including those of us who are contemplating taking refuge vows and are thinking about what it means to be a Buddhist, as well as those who have already taken refuge vows and/or are longtime practitioners. In this session, we will focus on sharing (if we wish to) some of our personal stories of how and why our minds turned to the Buddha Dharma. In addition, we will review the four seals that we accept in our understanding when we characterize ourselves as Buddhists. Please bring your stories, questions, and enjoyment of the Buddha Dharma.

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.

Kunrik Puja

Saturday, April 8th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Prerequisites: One must not eat meat, eggs, or garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the puja.

This Kunrik Puja will be led by Dorje Lopon Khenpo Jampa Tenphel, with participation from Tulku Yeshi and Lama Migmar. The benefit of a Kunrik prayer service is a favorable rebirth (in the human realm for continued Dharma practice) for those who have passed away. For those who are sick, it removes obstacles. The service will include a Sur practice, which benefits those who have passed away by facilitating their passage through the bardo, purging attachment to objects, and helping them to achieve harmony with local deities, nagas, and formless spirits.

People should bring the name(s) and photo(s) of loved ones (including pets and other sentient beings) who are sick or have passed away. Those who cannot attend are welcome to submit names via email to include in these prayers.

Participants may bring food, candles, fruit, incense, or monetary offerings for the shrine. In appreciation for their prayers, a monetary offering to the lamas is in keeping with Tibetan tradition. Please be vegetarian on the day of these prayers.

If you are interested in helping to sponsor this puja, please contact our office (monastery@sakya.org or 206-789-2573).

Dharma Lecture: The Sakya School & Five Founding Lamas

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, April 2
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members

The Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism originated from the early efforts of the five Founding Fathers. They have inspired hundreds of thousands of Buddhist practitioners with their wisdom, knowledge, and compassion. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will share some of their very important teachings in this lecture.

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: Sakya Pandita’s Journey To The East; H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang’s Journey To The West

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, March 5th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members

In the history of Tibetan Buddhism, there were many Dharma masters who travelled great distances, even in perilous conditions, to help countless sentient beings. The great Sakya Pandita’s journey to the east is the most powerful example. It teaches us how to take steps on the Bodhisattva path, especially for Sakyapa practitioners. Similarly, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang’s journey from Tibet to the West is an amazing story. Studying the namtars (biographies of Lamas) can help to instill faith and confidence of being on your own spiritual journey.

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.

Special Lectures: Combining Compassion and Emptiness-Seven Point Mind Training

Lecturer: Ken Hockett
Wednesdays, March 1st and 8th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Recommended Text: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgön Kongtrul (translated by Ken McLeod)

Purpose: The purpose of this class is to provide a structure for in-depth practice and analysis of this method of Mind Training using both the Eight Verses and the Seven Points. Hopefully, we all will learn something about ourselves and where we are going on this Path, which combines Compassion and Emptiness. Another purpose of this class is to provide a framework for continuity and positive reinforcement in your practice. It will be helpful to attend each of the sessions, but not absolutely necessary.

1st Session: We start with a short introduction to the history of Mind Training and the scriptural roots with an introduction to the texts we will use for the class. We will discuss the purposes of Mind Training with emphasis on the motivation for this practice. Then, we will discuss Point One (“The Preliminaries”), what the preliminaries are and various approaches to practice. We will discuss Point Two, ("The Actual Practice"), which contains the heart of the practice and explains Bodhicitta in its myriad aspects. We will also be introduced to both the formal practice of Mind Training that you do on your cushion (as described by Jamgon Kongtrul) and the informal part that you practice in your daily life.

2nd Session: This session will begin with a short practice session and progresses to Points Three (Bringing Adversity on to the Path) and Four (Practices for Your Whole Life) and how we can integrate the attitude of Mind Training into our daily life. We will also discuss Points Five (Evaluating Your Mind Training), Six (The Disciplines of Mind Training) and Seven (The Guidelines). These sections contain many slogans to use as supports to Mind Training practice. Some of these are self-evident and some are subtle. We will discuss as many aspects of each one as possible.

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 Dorje Chang 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.

Special Lecture: "Victory over Mara," Shakya Chokden's Commentary on the Heart Sutra

Lecturer: Jeff Schoening, Ph.D
Wednesdays, January 18th & 25th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

Shakya Chokden was a great Sakya scholar in the Fifteenth Century. He was unusual in the Sakya tradition for espousing “other emptiness.” In this commentary on the Heart Sutra, we get both a clear explanation of this Sutra, beloved for its profundity and brevity, and an introduction to “other emptiness.” We will read and discuss his commentary, as translated by Jeff Schoening.

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.

 

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