Special Events

Vajrasattva Initiation

Sunday, March 25 at 10:00 AM
Location: Shrine Room
Registration Fee: $30 Public, $25 Members

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.

NOTE: One should bathe the morning of the initiation and one should wear new or clean clothes. In addition, one should be vegetarian (no eggs, meat, alcohol, or garlic) and celibate the day of and 24 hours afterwards.
Additionally, there will be a dharma lecture on the “Vajrasattva practice in Ngondro” taught by Venerable Tulku Yeshi Gyatso at 1:30 pm on the same day. You must have received a Vajrasattva Initiation order to attend the class.
His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, Head Lama of Sakya Monastery, was born in Tibet in 1929. 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 Dingo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.

In 1960, H.H. J.D. Sakya was invited to work on a University of WA 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 the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

2011 Camping Trip

Greetings Fellow Sakya Monastery Sangha Campers!!!


When: August 26-29, Friday to Monday

Where: Gold Basin campground near Granite Falls

Let’s go camping!  Join Dagchen Rinpoche, Dagmola, the monks and our great sangha for a weekend campout in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.  Hike, meditate by the river, share food together, and relax in the peaceful scenic beauty.

Last year we had a great time, and we have reserved the same camping space for this year. It's at Gold Basin in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls the weekend of August 26th through the 29th. Check out these links for last year's photos and for details on the campground:

- NW Dharma News: http://www.northwestdharma.org/news/Fall10/campsout.php

- US Gov’t: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Gold_Basin_Wa/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70272


This particular location is simply ideal as it has direct access for H. H. Dagchen Rinpoche, hiking trails aplenty, much room for tents (both main area and adjacent sites) as well as a river. Facilities (including showers) are easy walking distance. Oh, the natural splendors to be enjoyed!

In order to be more kind to the environment, we ask that folks bring their own washable accessories for meals such as plates, utensils, napkins, and dish towels. We want to do a better job this year of minimizing our impact on the environment for the benefit of all sentient beings.

As in the past, we ask people to sign up if they want to enjoy the communal meals. This year the sign-up sheet will include a menu.  The goal of the sign-up sheet is to utilize the practical wisdom of the adage, "Many hands make light work." These sign-up sheets will be circulated following Chenrezi service.

LET'S GO CAMPING!!!!  See you there!


WHERE: Gold Basin Campground - SITE A

WHEN: The site is reserved from 2:00 pm, Friday, August 26th until 1:00 pm, Monday, August 29th.

WHO: All Sakya Monastery members, friends and their families

HOW: Please RSVP by August 14th as to how many people in your family are attending, by contacting the Monastery office at Monastery@Sakya.org.

To participate in shared meals please provide the following payment with your RSVP, $10/day for adults and children over the age of 10. Children under the age of 10 are free.

DIRECTIONS: From Seattle, Washington, go north on I-5 to Everett. Take exit 194 onto Hwy 2. Head north at Hwy 204 toward Lake Stevens. Turn north on Hwy 9. Turn east on Hwy 92 to Granite Falls. The campground is located 13.5 miles east of Granite Falls.

HH Sakya Trizin: Mahakala Initiation

Sunday, August 15
Offered By H.H. Sakya Trizin
Doors Open at 6:15 pm
Initiation begins at 7:00 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery shrine room

Sorry, but the Mahakala Initiation is full. No tickets are left for sale.

After receiving the Mahakala initiation, one should commit to do the Mahakala practice in one or more of the following ways:

- Recite the short (5 minute) Mahakala Practice at least twice a month, on the 14th and 29th day of each Tibetan lunar month
- Join the regular one hour monthly Mahakala puja/religious service at Sakya Monastery on the 29th day of each Tibetan lunar month
- Complete a Vajrapani retreat to enable one to do the Mahakala puja/religious service at home.

HH Sakya Trizin: Chenrezi Empowerment in the King's Tradtion

Sunday, August 14
Offered By H.H. Sakya Trizin
Doors Open at 1:00 pm
Empowerment - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Center for Spiritual Living, 5801 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105-2147

Registration Fees: Adults $50, Seniors (65+) $45 each (Use discount code: SENIOR), Children (Ages 3 - 14) $15 each (Use discount code: CHILD), Monastics: Free (register by contacting the Monastery).

Please register by going to www.regonline.com/trizin.

Note: It is beneficial to be vegetarian the day of the Empowerment, but it is not strictly required.

This Chenrezi Empowerment has the distinction of being the first Buddhist empowerment ever bestowed in Tibet. The Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, who is credited with bringing Buddhism to the Tibetan people, first gave this empowerment in the 7th century. In Tibetan Buddhism, Chenrezi is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Chenrezi is the most popular of all Buddhist deities, except for Buddha himself, and is beloved throughout the Buddhist world. He is known by different names in different lands: as Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit language of India, as Kuan-yin in China, and as Kannon in Japan.

The Chenrezi meditation is practiced in all the great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. King Songtsen Gampo was believed to be an emanation of Chenrezi, as are some of the most respected meditation masters (lamas), like His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Receiving the Chenrezi Empowerment is a blessing and offers special benefits to those who attend, to those who recite the Chenrezi mantra (Om Mani Padme Hung ), and to those who do a daily Chenrezi spiritual practice.

Chenrezi can be viewed as an archetypal spiritual being who is the complete manifestation of loving kindness and compassion. When we imagine what it would be like to be Chenrezi, completely loving, kind and compassionate, we increase the love, kindness and compassion in our lives and experience the wisdom that leads to becoming an enlightened being.

Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, due to limited seating. If space allows, tickets will be available at the door.

Special Class: How to Make Tibetan Momos

Saturday, August 6th at 3:00 pm
Instructor: Rigdzin Tinghye
Location: Cultural Hall/Kitchen
Cost: $25 (includes cost of food)
Pre-payment required—contact monastery@sakya.org
Class size: 15 (Class is subject to cancellation if enrollment size is not reached.)

Learn how to make momo dumplings! This is a great opportunity to learn how to make this traditional Tibetan delicacy.

Rigdzin Tingkhye was born in Tibet and has many years of translation experience for senior Tibetan Buddhist lamas and geshes. He acts as translator for many lamas.

Dharma Lecture: Mahamudra Meditation - The Practice and its Benefits

Offered By H.E. Chemed Dorje Rinpoche

Friday, July 8th at 7:30 PM

Location: Shrine Room

Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members


H.E. Chemed Dorje Rinpoche, an expert on the practice of the Mahamudra and seeing the nature of emptiness and the Buddha Mind, will teach us the initial stages of Mahamudra meditation: how to work with the experience of seeing, hearing and sensing things.


Mahamudra meditation is always done with eyes, ears and senses wide open. Through a series of short meditations, Chemed Dorje Rinpoche will let us personally experience the difference between the conventional point of view (e.g., appearance: seeing objects) and the experiential side of the seeing (emptiness: the process of the arising and engaging of the senses without being caught in the appearance).


H.E. Chemed Dorje Rinpoche was born in 1958 (Earth-dog year) in Tibet at the Tsurpu region where the monastery of the Karmapa was situated. When he was eight years old, he was formally ordained by the 16th Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim. When he was thirty-one, obtained his Degree of Acharya (equivalent to an M.A) and became the abbot of a monastery in Nepal, where he taught the Dharma.


In August 1998, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya confirmed that H.E. Chemed Dorje Rinpoche is the fifth incarnation of Sonam Yeshe of the Barom Kagyu tradition of Tsangsar Sky Monastery, and conferred upon him the name "Karma Khedup Younten Gyatso Rinpoche." Returning to Tsangsar Sky Monastery in Nangchen County, Qinghai Province, Rinpoche had enthronement ceremony of the fifth incarnation of Sonam Yeshe.

4th of July Picnic

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

WHERE: Carkeek Park, tables 27-30
950 NE Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, WA, 98177
Tel: (360)779-3205

WHEN: The site is reserved from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, July 4th, 2010

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

Dharma Lecture: The Way of Sutra and Tantra

Sunday, July 31 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

If someone wants to practice Tantrayana, he or she must first learn Sutrayana. Sutra and Tantra are like the two wings of an airplane –both are necessary for flight. Someone who desires enlightenment needs to practice both. Sutra and Tantra encompass Mahayana Buddhism and teach you how to practice, how to have love and compassion for all sentient beings. With the foundation of Sutrayana, Tantrayana becomes more beneficial.

Ven Tulku Yeshi Gyatso 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 eight books, seven of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture including A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle and is working on his own biography, Magic and Monk.

Dharma Lecture: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, Part 6

Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Jampa
Sundays, May 1st and July 24th at 1:30
Location: Shrine Room
Cost per class: $25 Public, $20 Members

Venerable Khenpo Jampa will give two talks this summer as part of his ongoing series based on this important text that describes the ten stages of the Bodhisattva path up to perfect enlightenment.  This course is meant to be taken after the introductory Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism seminar. The classes in this course are designed to build on each other, so attendance at all classes in the series is recommended.

May 1: Buddhist and Non-Buddhist  (Class 5)
According to Buddhism, how do we define being a Buddhist or Non-Buddhist? In Christianity, one becomes a Christian after being baptized. How does a person become a Buddhist? Khenpo Jampa will explain this, and the three different Buddhist Schools.

July 24: Emptiness  (Class 6)
Emptiness is a profound teaching based on the Madhyamika School of Thought (The Middle Way). The view of emptiness explains that there is a contradiction between what one perceives and the reality of existence.  According to this school, one cannot release one's self from the bondage of ignorance and other afflictive emotions until one understands and realizes the inherent emptiness of phenomena.

Venerable Khenpo Jampa Tenphel comes to us from Dzongsar Institute in India, where he was the library director as well as a tutor for many years.  He received a Degree of Acharya (equivalent to an M.A.) in Buddhist Philosophy in 2002 and was ordained as an Abbott in 2004.  He has received many teachings and initiations from all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma). Many of those teachings and initiations were from H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He has also received the Lamdre teaching from H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. His root lamas are H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Luding Khen Rinpoche, and H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche.  At Sakya Monastery, Khenpo Jampa teaches intermediate and advanced level curriculum on Buddhist philosophy and also serves as the librarian for the growing collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

Dharma Lecture: Meditations on the Sakya View of Samara and Nirvana

Monday, August 15th at 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members

Samsara is the recurring pattern of birth, death and rebirth in which all sentient beings are trapped. Buddhist teachings are designed to teach us how to escape from this vicious cycle and attain Nirvana, the cessation of suffering. Yet, Samsara and Nirvana are not separate; they are indivisible.  How can this be?  The answer is realized through deep and regular spiritual practice. Within the Sakya tradition, the Lamdre teachings (The Three Visions and The Triple Tantra) and the daily Hevajra spiritual practice are the Path to attaining Nirvana and enlightenment (the Result), in the most efficient and effective manner.

H.H. Sakya Trizin has bestowed the Lamdre teachings numerous times. In this special Dharma talk and guided meditation session, H.H. Sakya Trizin will not only discuss the Sakya view on Samsara and Nirvana, he will also lead the group in several short meditations that will enable the attendees to experience the Lamdre teachings and meditations, first hand.

Aspiration of Samantabhadra: Transmission and Lecture

Offered by His Eminence Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Monday, June 27th at 10 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

You can register online for this event at: http://www.regonline.com/dzongsarrinpoche

We are extremely fortunate to have His Eminence Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche give the oral transmission (rLung) of the Aspiration of Samantabhadra prayer and a teaching on the meaning and significance of this important prayer. He is recognized as the main incarnation of the great Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Chokyi Lodro, who was one of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche’s root lamas. H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is also considered to be the emanation of Manjushri. He is the head of Dzongsar Monastery in Tibet, Bhutan, and India, Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute in India, and the Khyentse Foundation. He has authored many Dharma books, including What Makes You Not a Buddhist (Shambhala 2007).


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