Special Events

Manjushri Initiation

H.H. JIGDAL DAGCHEN SAKYA RINPOCHE
Sunday, November 14 at 10:00 AM
Location: Shrine Room
Registration Fee: $30 Public, $25 Members
Translator: Upasaka Jeff Schoening

Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of Discriminating Insight. He holds the flaming sword for cutting through the fog of ignorance in one hand and the text of the Perfection of Wisdom in the other. Many lamas of the Sakya Khon lineage are regarded as emanations of Manjushri.

REQUIREMENT: During the 24 hours after the empowerment, one must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol. One must also be celibate during those hours.

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.

Dharma Lecture: The Meanings and Practice of Empowerments

Sunday, November 14 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Many Westerners to receive initiations and empowerments more than any hard sutra teachings. Often, the announcement for an empowerment is read like a corporate advertisement, telling us that a specific yidam is powerful, because it will help us become healthy or wealthy—perhaps causing some people to think an empowerment (and its benefits) is like on object one can purchase. Unfortunately, after receiving an initiation or empowerment, most people don’t practice the sadhana. This is a little like buying a new piece of electronic equipment and then putting it in the closet. Tulku Yeshi will explain the importance of practicing the tantric teachings in order to truly benefit from an empowerment or initiation. In this class, we will focus on the significance and practice of today’s Manjushri initiation.

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.

Open Discussion: Chenrezi

Sunday, November 7 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Suggested Contribution: Donations Accepted

We practice Chenrezi twice a week (Sunday and Thursday), because the practice is for the benefit of your ordinary life in addition to your spiritual life. This session is an open discussion with Khenpo-la for participants to ask questions they may have on Chenrezi. Each person will have the opportunity to ask a single question, and receive an answer that will last approximately five minutes.

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.

Green Tara Dance Offering

Sunday, October 24th at 6:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Free, donations accepted; all are welcome

Participants in the annual Green Tara Dance Workshop will present a dance offering to Green Tara. For further information on the workshop, please contact Gail Fredrickson at gailf@johnlscott.com.

Green Tara Initiation

Offered by: H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Thursday, October 21st at 7:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members

As the embodiment of the Great Wisdom Mother, Green Tara is the Savior of all beings. Meditation on Green Tara is believed to be very effective in releasing beings from distressing circumstances both great and small.

REQUIREMENT: During the 24 hours after the empowerment, one must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol. One must also be celibate during those hours.

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

Special Lecture: Five Dhyani Buddhas

Sunday, October 17th
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Instructor: Stephanie Prince
Suggested Contribution:
$15 Public, $12 Members
Prerequisite: Buddhist Refuge Vows

This session will focus on the five Dhyani Buddhas (also known as the five Tathagata Buddha Families): Akshobya, Amoghasiddhi, Vairocana, Ratnasambhava, and Amitabha. We will learn about the five Dhyani Buddhas’ attributes, associations, what they represent. We will also learn about their pledges. The class will include a short meditation on the mandala of the five Dhyani Buddhas and will help you to better understand who they are and their importance in our meditations. This teaching is the foundation of many Buddhist teachings; becoming familiar with them is critical, especially to new students of Buddhism.

Stephanie Prince has studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition for 39 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 teaches ritual classes at Sakya Monastery.

Dharma Lecture: Buddhism and the Benefits of Compassion

Sunday, October 10 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Every Sunday at Sakya Monastery we share in the practice of Chenrezi; loving-kindness and compassion. Once you have generated compassion and loving-kindness in your own life, how can you help others generate the same for themselves? How do we remove others suffering? By helping other people generate compassion in their own lives you can learn to be happy, in this life and the next. As an emanation of Chenrezi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an illustration in how to live this way.


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.

Special Lecture: Dakinis

Sunday, October 3 at 6:00 pm
Instructor: H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

With the forthcoming Vajrayogini empowerment, the role of dakinis in our lives becomes more prominent. In this dharma lesson by Dagmo-la, we will learn the role of dakinis in tantric Buddhism, including what functions they uniquely perform and how they interact with other tantric deities. We will learn how we can relate to them, and who the bestknown dakinis are.

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

Dharma Lecture: Twelve Ways of Working for the Welfare of Others

Sunday, September 26 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

What are ways in which Bodhisattvas (and those aspiring to become bodhisattvas) can help others? In Tibetan culture, “laklen” means “taking in your hands,” or “to take action to grow to be a Bodhisattva.” This talk will discuss many practical, different ways in which Mahayana practitioners can do so. The twelve ways include such activities as: helping those who are suffering; helping those who are ignorant of means; helping the homeless; and helping those holding wrong views. These virtuous actions can be done in different situations, countries and time. practice is also already set up for you to do so. Tulkula will give you insights on how to put it all together.

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: Bodhisattvacharyavatara, part 4 of 4

Sunday, September 19 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) is one of the three vehicles. The Bodhisattvacharyavatara is one of the main sutras, which addresses the path of the person desiring perfection of bodhicitta. Khenpo-la, who joined Sakya Monastery in late 2009, will give a lecture on a different aspect of this sutra on the first Sunday afternoon of each month (unless a conflict arises, such as July 4).

Teaching 4 - The Selfless No-Self of Buddhism
How do you understand the importance of selflessness? This talk will explain not only how to understand your no-self, but how to practice it as well.

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.

Vipassana Meditation Class

Wednesdays: September 15, 22, and 29
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested donation: $15 Public, $12 Members

This will be primarily a beginners class for those wishing to learn Vipassana meditation. This is the pre-Buddha meditation practice for examining the mind. There will be three classes—it is important to attend all three classes in order to participate in discussions and receive tips and guidance. At the first class, students will receive sitting instructions, practice meditating and then have a group discussion. The subsequent two classes will open with discussions of how people did that week, followed by more “sits” and further discussions. Ven. Lekshay recommends reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. He will refer to it in class.

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing.
Please bring a couple of pairs of big fluffy socks.

Venerable Lekshay Sangpo (formerly known as Alan Muller) studied Zen Buddhism for 20 years. He saw the Dalai Lama in Seattle in 1993 and became a Tibetan Buddhist after finding Dagchen Rinpoche in 1994. He has been a student of H.H. ever since. He received his getsul (novice) vows in 2001 and his gelung (Bhikshu) vows in 2004, both from H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in Nepal. He has been living, teaching (with Dezhung Rinpoche and the Monks at Tharlam Monastery) and studying there five to six months a year since 2000.

 

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