Special Events

Dharma Lecture: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, Part 9

BY SAKYA PANDITA
Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Jampa
Sunday, November 20 at 1:30
Location: Shrine Room
Cost per class: $25 Public, $20 Members

Venerable Khenpo Jampa continues teaching on this important Mahayana text that covers 10 topics such as Refuge, Bodhicitta, the 5 paths and the 10 stages of enlightenment. The classes in this course are designed to build on each other, however, all are welcome to attend, even if prior classes have not been attended.

Part 9: Four Sets of Tantra
Mantrayana teachings are included in these four sets of Tantra. These are set forth in accordance with their profundity or disciple’s inclination. Each set has many texts.

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: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, Part 8

BY SAKYA PANDITA
Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Jampa
Sunday, November 6 at 1:30
Location: Shrine Room
Cost per class: $25 Public, $20 Members

Venerable Khenpo Jampa continues teaching on this important Mahayana text that covers 10 topics such as Refuge, Bodhicitta, the 5 paths and the 10 stages of enlightenment. The classes in this course are designed to build on each other, however, all are welcome to attend, even if prior classes have not been attended.

Part 8: Sutrayana and Mantrayana
Venerable Khenpo Jampa will explain the distinction between Sutra and Tantra and will describe which Buddhist countries practice Sutrayana primarily and which countries practice both the Sutrayana and Mantrayana.

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.

21 Aspects of Green Tara - Dance Offering

Sunday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested donation, $10

Participants in the annual Green Tara Dance Workshop will present a sacred mandala dance offering on October 23rd. All are welcome to attend the performance. For further information regarding participation in the workshop which will be held the weekend of the performance, please contact Gail Fredrickson at gailf@johnlscott.com or at 425-214-3392.


Movement and Meditation of Tara

Friday, October 21rd at 7:00 p.m.
Suggested donation, $10

The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a movement meditation in the Vajrayana tradition. It is a non-sectarian practice based on a traditional Tibetan text in which Tara’s 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessings and healing of each of the qualities to all beings. In this retreat, the dancers are led into a Mandala of dance and instructed in the subtlety of sacred movement and mudras (hand gestures).

Participants learn experientially the philosophy, meditations, and visualizations of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice. At the end of the workshop the dancers will be adorned with saris, a traditional Indian dress, (provided) and will dance for the community in an offering ritual. There is no dance experience necessary, men and women welcome.

Dharma Lecture: Instruction on the Padmasambhava Tso Kor Practice

Sunday, October 9 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members
Requirement: Must have received the Padmasambhava Initiation.

This teaching will guide the practitioners in the ritual offerings and meditations of the Guru Rinpoche Tso Kor (feast assembly) puja which is practiced monthly at Sakya Monastery. He will also give us insight into the character and heart of Guru Rinpoche.

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.

Padmasambhava and Shitro Initiation

OFFERED BY H.H. JIGDAL DAGCHEN SAKYA RINPOCHE
Sunday, October 9 at 10:00 AM
Location: Shrine Room
Registration Fee: $30 Public, $25 Members

Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is the Indian yogi who came to Tibet to establish and spread the teachings of Tantric Buddhism. He subdued demons and performed many miracles in Tibet. He is considered by Tibetans to be a Second Buddha. The Padmasambhava Initiation includes a tsog offering. It is appropriate to bring offerings such as fruit, baked goods, meat, amrita (beer), flowers, and monetary offerings.

Please note that there will be a teaching on the Padmasambhava Tso Kor practice at 1:30PM.

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.

Neighborhood Tea

Saturday, September 24 at 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Tibetan Cultural Hall (please enter side door on 1st Ave NW)
Open to the public
Suggested Contribution: Free/Donations Accepted

Join Sakya Monastery for an afternoon of complimentary tea and light refreshments served in the Tibetan Cultural Hall.  Enjoy an opportunity to learn more about the monastery and Tibetan Buddhism and engage in friendly conversation in a relaxed informal environment.  There will be a free tour of the monastery, including it's beautiful, traditional Shrine Room with paintings, statues, mandalas, and triple life sized golden Buddha statue.

We hope that you can attend!

Special Lectures: Vipassana Medition (in three parts)

Wednesdays: Sept. 14th, 21st, and 28th
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: Venerable Lekshay Sangpo
Location: Shrine Room
Cost per class: $15 Public, $12 Members

This is a Vipassana class for beginners and current practitioners. There will be instructions and a short talk before meditating. Questions and discussion will follow.
 
In Vipassana, the object of meditation is within oneself: it is the breath. With daily meditation (sits), one gradually is more and more in the moment. There is no space for thoughts to arise if one has single pointed focus on one's breath.

Being so perfectly in the moment (the breath) a new peacefulness and joy arises. This state can be helpful on the journey of understanding emptiness.

Ven. Lekshay recommends reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki, available in the Dharma Shop. Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and bring two or three extra pairs of big bulky socks.

Dharma Lecture: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, pt 7

BY SAKYA PANDITA
Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Jampa
Sunday, September 25 at 1:30
Location: Shrine Room
Cost per class: $25 Public, $20 Members

Venerable Khenpo Jampa continues teaching on this important Mahayana text that covers 10 topics such as Refuge, Bodhicitta, the 5 paths and the 10 stages of enlightenment. The classes in this course are designed to build on each other, however, all are welcome to attend, even if prior classes have not been attended.

Class 7: Twelve Links of Dependent Arising
This discourse reflects on how we take rebirth again and again in Samsara under the influence of ignorance through the twelve links. In the courtyard of many of Buddhist monasteries, there are depictions of the twelve links in frescoes. This is also depicted in the Sakya Monastery shrine room.

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: The Vajrasattva Practice

Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Cost per class: $20 Public, $15 Members

This teaching will assist students in understanding and practicing the extraordinary foundation daily practice of Vajrasattva. Khenpo Jampa will give this dharma lecture on September 11th, the same day as the Vajrasattva Initiation. You must have previously received a Vajrasattva Initiation in order to attend the class.

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.

Vajrasattva Initiation

Offered by H.H. JIGDAL DAGCHEN SAKYA RINPOCHE
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.

 

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