Special Events

Annual Holiday Sale Of Himalayan Handicrafts

Sunday, December 5
Time: 11 AM to 4 PM
Location: Cultural Hall
Cost: FREE

Come see the cultural hall transformed into a marketplace of Tibetan vendors at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

Items offered for sale include statues, prayer flags, incense, art prints, books, photos of the Dalai Lama, CDs, tapes, prayer beads, jewelry, 2011 Himalayan art calendars, charms, and clothing.

At 12:00 pm enjoy a free tour of the Monastery’s Shrine Room with its traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas, and triple life-sized golden Buddha statue.

Tibetan tea will be served.

A Daily Practice Of Mind Training

Sundays: November 8 & 15
Time: 1:30pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Text: The Eight Verses of Mind Training of Kadam Geshé Langri Tenpa
Suggested Contribution Per Class: $15 Public, $12 Members

The Eight Verses of Mind Training are a very approachable set of aphorisms in verse form which contain the essentials of Mind Training. The purpose of Mind Training (Lojong) is to develop Bodhicitta, the mind intent on attaining Buddhahood for the benefit of others. Without Bodhicitta, Buddhahood is not possible. This will be a practice-oriented study of the Eight Verses and the central practice of Tong-Len as part of daily mind training practice. There will be a brief introduction to Mind Training and the Eight Verses and we will discuss their meaning with primary emphasis on the practice of Tong-Len. We will discuss a daily framework within which to provide personal continuity to this most essential practice.

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.

Black Manjushri Initiation

Offered By H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members

Black Manjushri is one of many emanations of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.  In this form, Manjushri is a wrathful healing deity.  This practice is aimed at healing mental and physical suffering; it is particularly useful for counteracting virulent disease, malevolent forces, and forms of disharmony in our environment.

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 Chökyi and Dingo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.
 
In 1960, H.H. J.D. Sakya was invited to work on a Univ. of WA research project on Tibetan Buddhism and culture, which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.  At the request of students, he co-founded with H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche Sakya Tegchen Choling, a center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.  In 1984, the center became the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

Translator, Upasaka Jeffrey Schoening, PhD in Buddhist Studies, is a longtime member and interpreter at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.  Jeff is the author of The Shalistamba Sutra and Its Indian Commentaries (Vienna 1995), a two-volume study on teachings about dependent arising.  He currently works as a health care chaplain and as a private practice spiritual director.

Dharma Lecture: Buddhism in the West

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Reginald Ray
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Donation: $20

One of the most important developments in the modern world is the transplantation of Buddhism from its traditional Tibetan context into the West. How this may best happen is far from obvious. To what extent ought we to emulate our Tibetan teachers and attempt to reproduce their spiritual traditions, as given, in our environment? Where and to and what extent should we be open to adjustments and changes in the tradition to render it more accessible and more effective for Western people? And most fundamentally, what does it mean to be faithful to the truth and reality of the Tibetan dharma in the deepest sense? Dr. Reginald Ray will discuss the complexity of practicing Tibetan Buddhism in a western context.

Dr. Reginald "Reggie" Ray is the author of Indestructable Truth, an excellent introductory book on Vajrayana Buddhism written for Westerners. He is currently on a North American tour, teaching “The Spirituality of the Body: Explorations of Tibetan Tantra.”

He brings us four decades of study and intensive meditation practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as well as a special gift for applying it to the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people. He currently resides in Crestone, Colorado, where he is President and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the practice, study and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the practice lineage he embodied.

Dr. Ray received his PhD from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in 1973 and is a current faculty member of the Buddhist Studies Department at Naropa University. He has written extensively on the history and practice of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. His most recent work, Touching Enlightenment, explores the process of awakening by working directly with the body. Reggie continues to teach Buddhist Studies at Naropa University both in the classroom and online, while working regularly with his dedicated dharma students who travel from all over the globe to attend his programs in Crestone, Colorado.

Suggested Donation: $20. Tickets may be purchased through the Sakya Monastery office by phone (206-789-2573) or in person, by check or credit card. Please do not leave credit card information on the office voicemail. The Sakya Monastery office is open Mon – Fri, 8:00 am to noon. Tickets are also available through the Dharma Shop (check our online calendar for shop hours). Seating is limited – advance purchase is highly recommended. Fifteen minutes prior to the lecture, remaining seats will be made available on a Pay-As-You-Wish basis.

Note: A special offer for Sakya Monastery Members! Members in good standing can purchase their tickets one week early--beginning November 9th. Please follow the directions above to make your purchase.

Dharma Lecture: The Padmasambhava Tso Kor

Sunday, December 13
Time: 1:30 pm
Instructor: Sogyal Rinpoche
Location: Shrine Room
Ticket cost: $30 Public, $25 Members -- limit 2 tickets per person

*** SOLD OUT***

At the request of H.H. J.D. Sakya, Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, has agreed to give a public talk at Sakya Monastery on the Padmasambhava spiritual practice. The Padmasambhava puja is one of the central practices of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Guru Padmasambhava was an Indian tantric master who brought Buddhism to Tibet and is considered by many to be the Second Buddha. On the 10th lunar day of each month, a special feast offering (Tso-Kor) is made to Guru Padmasambhava at Sakya Monastery.

A world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of a great master and visionary saint of the nineteenth century, Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama. Sogyal Rinpoche has a remarkable gift for presenting the heart essence, spirit and flavor of Tibetan Buddhism in a way that is both authentic and profoundly relevant to the modern mind. Sogyal Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, an international network of Buddhist centers. He has been teaching for over thirty years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

COST: $30 Public, $25 Members. Limit 2 tickets per person. Tickets may be purchased through the Sakya Monastery office by phone (206-789-2573) or in person, by check or credit card. Please do not leave credit card information on the office voicemail. The Sakya Monastery office is open Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am to noon. Tickets are also available through the Dharma Shop (For Dharma shop hours, please check our online calendar). Seating is limited – advance purchase is highly recommended.

Shitro Initiation

H. H. JIGDAL DAGCHEN SAKYA
Sunday, October 11
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Translator: Dr. Jeffrey Schoening

Shitro refers to peaceful and wrathful deities met in the intermediate state (bardo) following death. It is a Nyingma practice (this version comes from Kunkyen Jigme Lingpa), and is very helpful for people after they have died, even if it has been years since their death.   

Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche will give a lecture on the Shitro Practice on the day of the initiation at 1:30 pm. Rigdzin Tingkhye will translate for this lecture.

 
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 Wangchug, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi and Dingo Khyentse Rabsal 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.

World Peace Walk

Walk For World Peace Around Green Lake

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM
Meet At: The Ampitheater (at the South end of Green Lake)

*NOTE: This is not a Sakya Monastery event. For additional information, please contact the event coordinator, Jeff Boutel, at 206-297-1769.

Tulku Yeshi Gyatso has been asked to lead this walk for Peace around Green Lake. Please join him Saturday evening at 5:00pm.

Dharma Lecture: Dharma Etiquette

Sunday, September 27
Time: 1:30 pm
Instructor: H.E. Dagmo Kusho
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

H.E. Dagmo Kusho will instruct the new Buddhist practitioner in the traditional customary protocols learned from her own experience.  This class will cover in greater detail the little red book of Tibetan Buddhist Customs, which is sold in our Dharma shop.

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.

Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye was born in Tibet and has many years of translation experience for senior Tibetan Buddhist lamas and geshes.

Intermediate Literary Tibetan

Reading the Dharma in Tibetan & Literary Tibetan Grammar
(Fourteen 2-hour classes)
Wednesdays: September 9 – December 30.  (No class: Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 11)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Library
Instructor: Eric Dulberg
$120 Public, $105 Members, $90 Students and Seniors (60 and up)
 

Prerequisites: Some previous study of literary Tibetan grammar and the ability to read Tibetan syllables in U-chan. If you have questions or need the texts, please email the instructor at: ericd1000@hotmail.com.
 
This course is a continuation of last year’s course, Reading the Dharma in Tibetan & Literary Tibetan Grammar. The focus of this course is to learn to read the Dharma in Tibetan; it also includes a component of listening to the Dharma. 

The course will begin with a brief review of my “Overview of Literary Tibetan” and continue with a review of last year’s material. We will then continue learning literary grammar, practicing translating sentences, and listening to additional and more complex sentences. Colloquial grammar will be introduced as needed to learn the difference between literary Tibetan and the material in the listening component of the course.

The texts are: (1) Translating Buddhism from Tibetan by Joe Wilson, (2) Tibetan Language Correspondence Course by Sarah Harding and Jeremy Morell, and (3) the prayer book we use on Sunday mornings: The Twelve Deeds of Lord Buddha.

Eric Dulberg is a member of Sakya Monastery. During the past 20 years he has taken formal courses and extensive private classes in literary and colloquial Tibetan with Gen Lobsang Thonden (author of Modern Tibetan Language, vol. 1 & 2), Ani Dawa, Gen Tenzin Thubwang, author Gavin Kilty, Gen Tenzin Tinley (of U Virginia, Cornell, etc), Gen Tsetan Chonjore (author of Colloquial Tibetan – A Textbook of the Lhasa Dialect), and with Dr. Jeff Schoening. Eric’s professional background includes a BSc in physics and an MPH and DrPH in epidemiology.

The Tibetan Alphabet & Its Pronunciation - Year 1

Wednesdays: October 7- October 28
Time: 7:00 pm—9:00 pm   Location: Library/Cultural Hall   
Instructor: Lee Harris
$70 Public,  $55  Members, $40. Students and Seniors. 
Prerequisites: None.
This class merges into SEC 151  BEGINNING LITERARY TIBETAN, Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, November 4—December 9, 2009. 

Text: A Primer For Classical Literary Tibetan by John Rockwell. 
Prerequisite: Memorization of the Tibetan Alphabet.
Beginning Level Text: Tibetan Syllabus (Handout)
 
Thon mi Sambhota and others devised the Tibetan script in early 600 C.E. for the translation of Buddhist scriptures into Tibetan language.  Learn to read, write and pronounce the letters of this sacred alphabet using the "dBu-Chan" (headed) script.

Lee Harris is a member of Sakya Monastery, a poet, and a longtime student of Tibet, Buddhism and the Tibetan language.  Lee's Tibetan instructors include H.E. Dagmo Kusho Jamyang Sakya, Dr. Jeffery Schoening, Dr. Leonard Van Der Kuijp, Geshe Wangchuk, Geshe Nornang and Rigdzin Tingkhye. His poems, essays, short stories and book reviews have been published in chapbook, paperback, hardback and on-line magazines. Lee's classes and poetry allow the general public access to Tibetan and Sanskrit terminology.

Essential Knowledge of Hinayana & Mahayana Buddhism

Mondays, September 14 to December 7 at 7:30 PM
(Note: classes will not be held on the evenings in which ritual practices occur)
Suggested donation: $100 (Note: members will receive the course book as part of their registration; non-members will need to purchase the book separately.)


This course will teach the foundational beliefs of Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism to motivated beginner-to-intermediate practitioners. This eleven (11) session series is designed to ground students in the core beliefs and theory underlying Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhist practices, upon which Vajrayana Buddhism lies.

The course’s contents will be discussed in-depth. Each of the eleven sessions will have both a presentation and facilitated discussion. A Yahoo! Group will be established so that the participants may continue discussion between the sessions.

NOTE: Tso Kor is currently scheduled for September 28, which is at the same time as the third lecture. A vote will be taken at the first class to determine if students would rather (a) hold the lecture as scheduled, (b) attend Tso Kor and have the class on another evening, or (c) attend Tso Kor and have an extended class on October 5.

REGISTRATION: This course is open to 15 students maximum. Priority registration will be given to members of Sakya Monastery. Because the material is cumulative, please do not register unless you know that you will be able to attend at least 10 of the 11 sessions.

Please note:
• We understand that the economy is tight and that many people have financial constraints. If you are interested in the course but cannot afford the fee, we are happy to work out a way for you to help the monastery with your time in lieu of payment. Please call the Monastery's office in order to determine how we may match your skills to our needs.
• Registration is not considered complete until either payment is received or the monastery has determined (with you) a plan for how you may "pay" for the course by helping the Monastery with your time and skills.

Lecture Topics & Teachers:
1. The Buddha, Buddhism, and “Taking Refuge”
Date: September 14
Instructor: Eric Dulberg
2. On Daily practice; “The four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma ”
Date: September 21
Instructor: Eric Dulberg
3. Meditation on the first two of “The four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma”and “The Parting from the Four Attachments”
Date: September 28
Instructor: Ken Hockett
4. Meditation on the last two of “The four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma” and “The Parting from the Four Attachments”
Date: October 5
Instructor: Ken Hockett
5. Examining the first Two Noble Truths, using meditations from The Beautiful Ornament of the Three Visions
Date: October 12
Instructor: Chuck Pettis
6. Examining the second Two Noble Truths, using meditations from The Beautiful Ornament of the Three Visions
Date: October 19
Instructor: Chuck Pettis
7. Selflessness & Dependent Origination with focus on “The 12 Links” & “Wheel of Life”
Date: October 26
Instructor: Murray Gordon
8. Compassion & Bodhicitta (Exposition of Bodhicitta; tonglen instruction)
Date: November 2
Instructor: Stephanie Prince
9. Mahayana path (General Mahayana – Paramitayana/Sutrayana) – The Six Perfections
Date: November 16
Instructor: Stephanie Prince
10. The Functions of the Mind
Date: November 30
Instructor: Murray Gordon
11. The Buddhist path in Tibetan Buddhism
Date: December 7
Instructor: Stephanie Prince


 

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