Special Events

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

Independence Day Potluck Picnic

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

WHERE: Carkeek Park
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

White Mahakala Ritual Teaching

By Venerable Lama Tashi
Friday, July 2, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Prerequisite: White Mahakala Initiation
Suggested Donation: $25 Public, $20 Members

White Mahakala is the emanation of Black Mahakala in its wealth deity form. We pay homage and invoke this sixarmed protector in order to remove material and spiritual poverty, to bestow wealth, and to liberate us into a state of Buddhahood. We will do the practice regularly on the 8th day of each month of the Tibetan Calendar.

Venerable Lama Tashi is an accomplished Lama and Ritual Master of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. As a monk he completed and mastered all the traditional Sakya deity retreats: Hevajra, Varjakilaya, Varjapani, and Vajrayogini. At the age of 25 he became the private tutor for HE Ratna Varja Sakya, son of HH Sakya Trizin. Through a special ceremony, HH JD Sakya appointed him as a leader of Sakya Tsechen Thupten Dekyi Choling Center in Taipei, Taiwan, where he has been the resident Lama for many years. Venerable Lama Tashi has served HH JD Sakya and the Sakya Monastery in many noble ways.

Dharma Lecture: How to Enjoy Your Life

By Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche
Sunday, May 9 at 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution:
$25 Public, $20 Members

Enjoy your life! We have wonderful lives. Compare many other lives and your life. You already have most of what you want and are ready to enjoy your life. Your environment is established for you to do so; nature is already set up for you to do so. Your practice is also already set up for you to do so. Tulku-la will give you insights on how to put it all together.

Ven. Tulku Yeshi 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: Can We Avoid the Karmic Camera?

By Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche
Sunday, August 1 at 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution:
$25 Public, $20 Members

In ancient times, all Buddhists believed in karmic imprints; they believed their good or bad actions were kept in their “mindstream”. Today, we can think about it as a perpetual, non-stop “karmic camera.” The karmic camera takes pictures of whatever we have done or whatever we are doing, which we can then examine in our own karmic mirrors. The karmic camera takes pictures of not only our physical actions, but also our mental actions; it is attuned to the body, speech and mind. Where is your “karmic camera?” How does it work? How can you remove it? Tulku Yeshi will tell you how!


Ven. Tulku Yeshi 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: Milarepa

Sunday, May 23 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Milarepa is one of the most beloved figures in all of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the first example of how to attain enlightenment in a single lifetime. This talk will introduce you to his life, and include readings from “The Songs of Milarepa,” the book of the beautiful poetry which he wrote after his enlightenment.

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: Bodhisattvacharyavatara 2

Sunday, May 2 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 2 - Shamata
In this the second teaching in the series, Khenpo Jampa will explain the three visions of Shamata.

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: Healing and Medicine Buddha

By H.E. Paltul Rinpoche
Friday, May 14th at 7:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Medicine Buddha is an enlightened being who has unbiased compassion for all living beings. He protects living beings from physical and mental sickness and other dangers and obstacles, and helps them to eradicate the three poisons – attachment, hatred, and ignorance – which are the source of all sickness and danger.

Additionally, on Saturday, May 15th, H.E. Paltul Rinpoche will be available for Tibetan Medicine consultation (diagnosis through hand palpation) at Sakya Monastery. Dana is welcome. Paltul Rinpoche will be available for 15 minute appointments from 9:30 – 11:30 am, and 1:30 – 5:00 pm. Tibetan herbal medicine is available and is $120 for a month long dosage. Please email Sakya Monastery at monastery@sakya.org if you are interested in setting up an appointment. Members have first priority. Appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

H.E. Paltul Rinpoche was born in Kham, East Tibet. From his very early years he showed an extraordinary interest in the Buddha's teachings and an extraordinary talent in the art of healing. Following the traditions of the Tibetan culture, he joined Palkey Lachen Monastery, a monastery of the Sakya School. Paltul Rinpoche has been recognized as the 5th Pora Tulku. The previous four Pora Tulkus were meditation masters and physicians who had been renowned all over Tibet, and Paltul Rinpoche continues their traditions today.

Buddha's Life Story and White Tara Teachings

The following sessions are being offered in Southern California. All are welcome to attend:

 


 

H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya is one of the two Tibetan women teaching in the west who grew up in pre-Chinese Tibet and received training there. She only visits the LA area once a year. The only child of a prosperous Khampa nomad family, Dagmola received teaching from her illustrious uncle, Dezhung Rinpoche. In her teens she married HH Jigdal Dachen Sakya,eldest son of a distinguished Sakya lineage. Together they received more  great teachings before escaping in 1959 to India. This life is wonderfully recounted in the book Princess from the Land of Snows.
 
Brought to the University of Washington in Seattle by the Rockefellers in 1960, she mothered five sons, kept house, became a wage earner, and kept alive the Tibetan culture with regular evenings with children and grandchildren. By the time she retired, she had become a sought-after teacher. More recently her beloved life as a teacher has yielded to her obligations to help the lineage through trips to India and Nepal to visit three grandchildren who are in monastic training, and all over the world to assist her husband's teachings.

Please consider the following about the distance to Malibu: When Dagmola opened a Tara center in Pasadena several years ago, she telephoned the afternoon of the opening, which was on a weekday at 7PM to tell me that she would like me to come. I was about to protest that there would be traffic when, fortunately, I caught myself and realized that I was talking to someone to whom it was nothing to travel 3 months on horseback for teachings. Traffic is generally not heavy on Pacific Coast Highway, so do saddle your mechanical "horse" and join us.

Wednesday, April 28th at 7:30 PM.
Dagmola will talk about the life story of the Buddha. She has done many remote pilgrimiges in Tibet, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China. You may wish to bring fruit or sweets to share following the teachings.

Thursday, April 29th at 7:30 PM.
Dagmola will teach White Tara. Tara has guided her through life in a deeply personal way. Tara, she says, is not Buddhist. She is the Mother, the Earth, the Goddess. White Tara in particular gives protection and longevity. We will read the practice together. It is filled with healing imagery. If there is interest, we can have a pot luck before or after the teaching. Please let me know if you would like this and would help.

WHERE: 23708 Malibu Colony Drive, Malibu. Call or email for directions and parking info. Best to park on Malibu Road.

RSVP: Space is very limited so an RSVP is necessary. Email greenlotus@earthlink.net or call (310) 456-3591.

DONATION: $20.00. Scholarships, sliding scale. Do not let money problems prevent you from coming.

Teachings on Lord Buddha and the Meaning of Refuge

The following sessions are being offered in Southern California. All are welcome to attend:

 

Saturday, May 1st 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon, and 2:00 -- 4:00 p.m.
Life and Teachings of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni

Sunday, May 2nd 10:00 -- 12:00 noon
The Meaning of Taking Refuge
followed by a Refuge Ceremony for those who wish


Sunday, May 2nd 2:00 -- 4:00 p.m.
Tibetan Fire Ceremony for Purification and Removal of Obstacles

 


 
Suggested Donation: $20 each session or $75 for all sessions, payable at door

Location: Rancho Embarcadero Meeting Center (EMID)
    224 Vereda Leyenda
    Goleta, CA 93110

Please RSVP by April 26th and contact for further information:
Mrs. Vidya Gauci (vidyagauci@cox.net)

We are very happy to announce that Lama Dagmola Sakya will once again be giving special teachings in Santa Barbara. May being the special month honoring Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana, Dagmola will be explaining the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. On Sunday she will give us teachings on the true meaning of taking refuge, and at the end of the morning session, there will be a refuge ceremony for those who wish to formally take refuge, or for those who simply wish to renew their commitment to a dharma path. On Sunday afternoon, Dagmola will bless us with a special fire ceremony to purify and remove obstacles in our life and on our spiritual path.

H.E. Dagmo Jamyang Sakya was born in Kham, East Tibet, and was trained in Buddhist practice from an early age by her revered uncle, Dezhung Rinpoche. While living in Tibet, she received initiations and teachings from all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism, and was married to one of the head Lamas of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Together with her husband, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, she has been leading the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, WA since the 1960’s.

Dagmola has become a revered teacher, one of a handful of Tibetan women teachers living in the West, though she teaches all over the world. Her mind-stream has ripened through extensive teachings, retreats and practice. She is gracious, charming and profound, speaks English, and is very approachable. We are privileged to have her bless us with these special teachings.

Lama Dagmola is one of Dr. Alan Wallace’s senior Tibetan Buddhist teachers. Alan Wallace is the founder and president of SBI, the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. Their students, Vidya Gauci, James Elliott, and Sangay Wangmo, are hosting this special event.

“THE PRACTICE OF THE BUDDHA DHARMA....HAS ENRICHED MY LIFE, AND IT IS MY DEAREST WISH TO SHARE THIS PRECIOUS FEELING WITH ALL THOSE WHO COME TO ME." Dagmola Sakya

DIRECTIONS:  Exit off the 101 at Winchester Canyon, and make an immediate left at the gas station onto Calle Real which parallels the 101N. Go up several blocks and make a right onto Vereda Leyenda where you will see the adobe sign “Rancho Embarcadero.” Midway up the block is #224, an historic Spanish adobe building. There is a small adjacent parking lot to EMID, and lots of street parking on the right hand side.  
Travel tip: do NOT follow the directions given by MapQuest; they will not lead you to Rancho Embarcadero.  

LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and picnic in the adjacent park or there are a variety of restaurants at the nearby Costco Shopping Center off the Glen Annie exit. Tea and light snacks will be available, as well as chair seating.

1,000 Armed Chenrezi Retreat & Nyen Nay Vows

Thursday, May 27, 2010
RSVP by May 17th 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 Thursday, May 27, 2010.

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 5 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, a 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 (pdf).

 

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