Special Events

Walking Meditation Workshop

Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Free, donations accepted; all are welcome

Learn how to turn your daily walk into a sacred experience which can help you establish merit. Traditionally, Tibetan masters have meditated while walking. This practice is good both physically and mentally. Tulku Yeshe will lead us in a half-hour training on how to meditate while we walk. We will then, as a group, walk through the Sakya Monastery neighborhood to practice walking meditation. Tulku Yeshi will also teach us how to safely treat our smaller neighbors (insects and small animals) during walking meditation.

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: The Mind and Buddha's Life

Sunday, August 8 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

How do you keep your mind clear in difficult times? It is easy to be taken over by your heart (emotions) in difficult situations. By keeping your mind clear, you can withstand the problems of your existence. In this two-lecture series, Khenpo-la will explain how the Buddha trained his mind to overcome the challenges of living without the worldly comforts and stability that he grew up with.

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.

Secrets of Sacred Space and Sacred Ecology Workshop

At Earth Sanctuary on South Whidbey Island

Saturday, August 7
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Instructor: Chuck Pettis
Cost: $95/person. (50% goes to Sakya Monastery)

Make a Personal and Powerful Connection with the Spirit of the Earth. You don’t need to make a pilgrimage to Stonehenge; you can create a sacred space of your own.

What you will learn and what will be covered:
- Introductory presentation show showing sac/red spaces from around the world, including an explanation of their symbolism and archetypal meaning.
- An overview of the design techniques used in virtually all spiritual and sacred places all over the world that you can use to create sacred spaces with the power to facilitate spiritual experiences and evoke feelings of peacefulness and harmony.
- Hands-on instruction in dowsing for water lines, ley lines and ley-line power centers.
- How to communicate with Devas, Angels and the Spiritual Hierarchy.
- The relationship of underground water, human entities, and other geopathic problems to health.
- Practical land development techniques for "designing with Nature" within a sacred ecological framework that allows sustainable development.

Please bring:
- A sack lunch
- Pendulum or dowsing rod, if you have one. Some will be available for use at the workshop.
- Dress for rain or shine (much of the day will be outside).

Register via email: monastery@sakya.org.

Note: Minimum of eight people needed to hold this workshop, so please register early. Maximum: 20 – 25 people.


Buddhist Board Game Night

With an introduction by H.E. Dagmo Kusho

Friday, August 6
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Free; Dana accepted

Have fun with other sangha members, and learn something, too! We'll spend an evening playing "Rebirth," a board game which teaches the cycles of birth and rebirth, as well as the various states of existence. Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya will open the evening with a talk explaining the Buddhist beliefs taught by the game. We'll then play the game, in which no one wins, no one loses! For people who aren't interested in board games but would still like to socialize, a jigsaw puzzle of the Wheel of Life (the artwork at the back of the Shrine Room) will be available for group construction. If you'd like something a little more interactive and competitive, please bring your mah jong game and get ready to play!

Beverages will be served. Please bring along a snack to share.

Sakya Monastery's Annual Campout

Sakya Monastery will be holding its annual campout the weekend of August 20-23 at Gold Basin campground. It's a wonderful spot so we hope to see you there!

Here are the details:
WHERE: Gold Basin Campground - SITE A
(Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest)

WHEN: The site is reserved from 2:00 pm, Friday, August 20th until 1:00 pm, Monday, August 23rd.

WHO: All Sakya Monastery members, friends and their families

HOW: Please RSVP by August 13th 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.

Download our flyer here: Flyer
Download a campground map here: Map
View Google map to campground HERE

H.H. the Dalai Lama's Birthday Celebration

Sunday, July 11
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Free, Open to the Public

H.H. J.D. Sakya and members of Sakya Monastery and the Tibetan Association of Washington cordially invite you to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's birthday celebration. A traditional service will be held which includes mandala offerings and long life prayers.

This is the celebration of the birth of the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet who is recognized as an emanation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, known in Tibetan as Chenrezi. Through the concerted efforts of the Tibetan community and its friends, H.H. Dalai Lama's birthday is now also known as World Tibet Day.

We'll enjoy tea, long life rice and birthday cake at the end of the ceremony.

Dzogchen Teaching

Sunday, July 18
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Donation: $30 Public, $25 Members

Dzogchen, or "Great Perfection", is a central teaching of the Nyingma School also practiced by the Rime (non-sectarian) Tibetan Buddhist sect.

H.E. Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche is joining us to share his profound wisdom and knowledge of the Dharma. He is a renowned master of the Dzogchen Teachings, the central teachings of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Kathog Rinpoche has authored over 20 books including the biographies of his masters. He is the founder and leader of the Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Dharma Association in Taichung, Taiwan, with branches in France and Singapore.

Dana Kosha (Tsok Kor) Teachings

Saturday, July 17
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Donation: $30 Public, $25 Members

HE Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche will teach the symbolism of the monthly Padmasambhava Ritual Practice.

H.E. Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche is joining us to share his profound wisdom and knowledge of the Dharma. He is a renowned master of the Dzogchen Teachings, the central teachings of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Kathog Rinpoche has authored over 20 books including the biographies of his masters. He is the founder and leader of the Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Dharma Association in Taichung, Taiwan, with branches in France and Singapore.

Padmasambhava Initiation

Saturday, July 17
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Donation: $30 Public, $25 Members

Padmasambhava is the Indian Yogi who subdued the demons of Tibet so that the Buddha Dharma could flourish. He is considered the 2nd Buddha. The Padmasambhava Initiation includes Tsok (food) offerings. Please bring food items like: fruit, baked goods, meat, and/or amrita(beer), etc.

H.E. Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche is joining us to share his profound wisdom and knowledge of the Dharma. He is a renowned master of the Dzogchen Teachings, the central teachings of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Kathog Rinpoche has authored over 20 books including the biographies of his masters. He is the founder and leader of the Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Dharma Association in Taichung, Taiwan, with branches in France and Singapore.

How To Prepare For The Moment Of Death And The Bardo

Friday, July 16
Time: 7:00 p.m
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Donation: $30 Public, $25 Members

H.E. Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche is joining us to share his profound wisdom and knowledge of the Dharma. He is a renowned master of the Dzogchen Teachings, the central teachings of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Kathog Rinpoche has authored over 20 books including the biographies of his masters. He is the founder and leader of the Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Dharma Association in Taichung, Taiwan, with branches in France and Singapore.

Prayer Wheel Consecration Ceremony

Consecration Ceremony
Saturday July 3, 9:00-11:30am

Consecration ceremony for the 32 new Prayer Wheels, led by HH JD Sakya, assisted by HE Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche, Yeshi Tulku, Khenpo Jampa, Venerable Lama Tashi, Lama Migmar, Lama Chime Tenzin. Attendees may arrive at any time during the prayers.


Potluck Lunch
Saturday July 3, Noon

Welcome Potluck Lunch for HE Kathog Rigzin Chenpo Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Tashi, President of Tsechen Thupten Dekyi Choling Ms. Chen Shih-Fang (Soyang-la), and recognition of Master Artist Lama Migmar

 

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