Special Events

Dharma Lecture: 50 Verses of Guru Yoga

Sunday, September 18 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

This class focuses on the Fifty Verses of Guru Yoga by Lopon Pawo, the great disciple of Nagarjuna and Arya Deva. After you receive teachings from your Vajrayana guru, you the disciple have to respect your guru and keep the sacred vow between teacher and student. When you become a practitioner of Vajrayana, you must learn and study about pure vision. This teaching is part of how to generate or improve your Vajrayana realizations, which is dependent on how much you respect your Vajrayana guru and the teachings. This text talks about respecting physical activities. This teaching has two parts, discussing the qualities of Vajrayana gurus and how to respect your Vajrayana gurus.

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.

Saka Dawa Retreat

Wednesday, June 15
RSVP by June 10th by emailing monastery@sakya.org
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

All participants should plan to be vegetarian for the entire day, regardless of whether vows have been taken or not.

The fourth month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar is called “Saka Dawa.” “Dawa” means “month” in Tibetan. Of the 28 major stars tracked in Tibetan astrology, “Saka” is the name of the star which is closest to the earth and thus most prominent at that time.

Saka Dawa is the special month in which the Buddha’s conception, birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana all occur. In particular, the full moon day, or 15th day, of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism. It is the day of 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 100,000-fold on this day in Saka Dawa. This year, that day comes on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

On that auspicious occasion and for the benefit of all sentient beings and world peace, H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya will lead a One-Thousand Armed Chenrezi Prayer service at Sakya Monastery. Students can participate in the prayer service for as long as they wish between 9 am and 4 pm.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya is one of the teachers at Sakya Monastery and wife of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, the Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmo Kusho specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world. She has received extensive teachings and empowerments from many great lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism throughout her lifetime.

For additional information, including the schedule for the day, please download the Saka Dawa Flyer (link below).

Special Class: How to Setup a Home Shrine

Saturday: June 11
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Contribution: $15 public, $12 members

When you begin to practice Tibetan Buddhism spiritual practices, you may want to set up a shrine and maintain it in your home as your special sacred space for meditation. In this class, you will learn the purpose and benefits of a shrine and how to set-up your shrine. You will learn the purpose and types of daily shrine offerings, the meaning and significance of the Eight Offerings, and how to remove daily & old offerings and clean up the shrine for the night.

Tashi Paljor began studying with H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche in 1977 and in his attempt to understand the teachings of the Buddha, has joined Rinpoche in Pilgrimage in 2003 and Lamdre in 2007. He has taken teachings from many of the great Lamas of the 20th Century and has been practicing Buddhism since 1972.

Bodhisattva Vows

By Venerable Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Thursday, June 9th at 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Prerequisites: Refuge required

The Bodhisattva Vow is instrumental in entering the Mahayana and cultivating Bodhicitta. Venerable Tulku Yeshi will be bestowing the Bodhisattva Vow to those interested in receiving it. The vow will be taken at 7 pm, one hour before we celebrate Lord Buddha’s Birthday. This particular month is Saka Dawa, whereby activities are increased 100,000 times. For those interested please see www.sakya.org/spiritualpractices/vows and review the Bodhisattva Vow. A monetary offering to the shrine and a donation to Tulku Yeshi is most appropriate for this occasion.

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.

Special Lecture: Advice to Help with Grief

Saturday, June 4 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

When it comes to grieving, there are many differences between the Western and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. H.E. Dagmo Kusho will share her own experiences and talk about the Tibetan Buddhist view of grieving. This class will include provide suggestions for activities that may benefit the dying, as well as instruction on how to move through grief without creating obstacles for the deceased.

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 Saky
a order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmola specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

Special Class: Combining Compassion and Emptiness- A Course in Mind Training

Fridays: 6/3, 6/10, 6/17 and 6/24 at 7:00 pm
Instructor: Ken Hockett
Location: Shrine Room
Duration: Four two-hour class sessions which will begin with 30 minutes of meditation practice
Text: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgön Kongtrul (translated by Ken McLeod)
Suggested Contribution Per Class: $15 Public, $12 Members

In order to fulfill the Mahayana intention to benefit beings, we must train our minds so that we can develop our inherent compassion. The purpose of Mind Training is to develop the two aspects of Bodhicitta - Ultimate Bodhicitta and Relative Bodhicitta. The method of Mind Training is through meditation which combines calm abiding and insight meditation to experience emptiness. It will be helpful to attend each of the sessions, but not absolutely necessary.

1st Session: The purposes of Mind Training with emphasis on the motivation for this practice will be discussed. Additionally, Point 1 (The Preliminaries) will be explained.

2nd Session: This session will examine Point 2 ("The Actual Practice"), which contains the heart of the practice. Students will be introduced to both the formal practice of Mind Training (as described by Jamgon Kongtrul) and the informal practice that one could use in daily life. There will be homework. [A practice text will be distributed.]

3rd Session: In this session, Point 3 (Bringing Adversity on to the Path) and Point 4 (Practices for Your Whole Life) will be discussed. We will investigate how we can integrate the attitude of Mind Training into our daily life. Homework experience will be discussed.

4th Session: This class will address Point 5 (Evaluating Your Mind Training), Point 6 (The Disciplines of Mind Training) and Point 7 (The Guidelines). These sections contain many proverbs, some of which are self-evident and some of which are subtle. We will discuss as many aspects of each one as time permits.

Ken Hockett: Having studied Buddhist precepts for several years and convinced of the truth and relevance of the Buddha Dharma in my own life I sought out an entrance to the path and took refuge with H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Rinpoche in 1977. While principally my study and practice has been within the Sakya and Nyingma traditions, I have received teachings and initiations from Lamas and teachers of the Four Schools.

Dharma Lecture: Stages of Shamatha & Vipassana

Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Choying Dorje
Friday, May 20, 2011, 7pm-9pm
Location: Sakya Monastery shrine room 
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Shamatha is the single-minded concentration in which one reaches the mind's basic or natural state of bliss, clarity and awareness, free from mental dullness, agitation and wandering.

Vipassana is the penetrative insight into emptiness or the true nature of reality.

This course will focus on the four mindfulness practices (body, feelings, phenomena and mind) of Vipassana mediation from the Mahayana tradition.

Khenpo Choying Dorje was born in Tibet in 1972 and became a monk at the age of 12.  He received his Khenpo degree in 2002, from the renown Buddhist college, Dzongsar Institute, in India. He was also given a special Khenpo degree by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2004.
 
Since 2010, Khenpo Choying Dorje has been the lead Dzongsar Institute teacher of HH JD Sakya's eldest grandson, Dhungsey Avikritar Rinpoche. Currently, Khenpo Choying Dorje is on a one semester leave from that teaching position to participate as a visiting scholar at the University of California (UC), Berkeley.  At UC Berekley, he is assisting on a Buddhist research project and also taking courses in leadership, neurobiology and English.

Teachings on Green Tara

Offered By H.E Dagmola Kusho Sakya
Dates: May 13-15
Location: Tara Ling Center in San Gabriel, CA

Tara Ling warmly welcomes H.E Dagmo Kusho who has graciously consented to give teachings on Green Tara and to lead a short weekend retreat on Green Tara. H.E. has practiced Tara as her principle deity for most of her life and is one of the greatest living Tara practitioners. We look forward to the insight that this great lama can share with us about our individual practices.

Schedule:
Friday, May 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
Green Tara Teaching


Dagmola will give us in depth teachings about the significance of Tara practice and give us pith instructions with regard to our own individual practices

Saturday May 14, 10:00AM-noon, and 2:00-4:00 PM
Green Tara Retreat and Teaching


Dagmola will begin the retreat portion of the teaching with the Green Tara Puja. Saturday will have two retreat sessions with a two hour lunch break

Sunday May 15, 10:00AM-noon, and 2:00-4:00 PM
Green Tara Retreat and Teaching


The retreat continues. Sunday will also have two retreat sessions with a lunch break

Cost: The suggested donation for the events is $20 per session. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Location:
Tara Ling Center
625 E Valley Blvd #E
San Gabriel, CA  91776

(323) 428-8366

Dharma Lecture: Buddhist Offerings

Saturday, May 14, 2011
1-3pm  (Note special time)
Offered by Lama Migmar
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

In Buddhism, it is essential and very beneficial to give daily offerings to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.  There are eight kinds of offerings we can give, such as offering bowls of water on our shrine, flowers, and tormas. There are many forms of offerings involving the body, speech, and mind.  Anything that you think is nice and beautiful you can offer.  In this teaching, Lama Migmar will be covering different kinds of offerings as well as giving an in-depth teaching on torma offerings.   The following Saturday, he will be giving a special workshop on making tormas. 
 

Torma Making Workshop

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Time: 1-3pm (Note special time)
Lama Migmar
Suggested contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members (Includes material fee)
No prerequisite.  Lama Migmar’s teaching on Buddhist offerings is recommended but not mandatory.

In this workshop, Lama Migmar will teach us how to make offering tormas.  He will explain the symbolism and significance of each part of the torma and show step by step how to make the torma. He will provide hands-on instruction on making tormas and each participant will create a torma that they can take home for their altars.  Materials will be provided.

Dharma Lecture: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, Part 5

BY SAKYA PANDITA
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.

 

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