Special Events

Special Lecture: It's Your Choice(s) -- The Bhavrachakra, Karma

Lecturer: Chris Rebholz
Sunday, January 22nd
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members per talk
Prerequisite: None

How do you know what you know? How do you make decisions? How does it affect your karma? A lot of the answers lie in the Bhavrachakra, one of the classic Buddhist works of art. You can find a version of the Bhavrachakra on the back wall of the Shrine Room. It provides a visual representation of how we make our choices in life, which directly affects our future paths. This talk will give an explanation of each of the segments of the painting, and how it integrates with your sensory perception. Note: to truly understand the Bhavrachakra, it helps to understand the basic concepts of emptiness and dependent origination.. Please either have an understanding of these two topics, or attend the class on the Heart Sutra which will occur at 8:30 that morning.

Chris Rebholz has been a member of Sakya Monastery since 2006. She is still trying to wake up.

Dharma Lecture: The Accomplishments of Sakya Pandita

Lecturer:  Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sundays, January 29th, March 26th, May 28th, and TBA
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm •  Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members per talk
Prerequisite: None

Sakya Pandita, one of the founding fathers of the Sakya Lineage, accomplished many great feats, gave important instructions, and was a Buddhist scholar renowned by all sects of Tibetan Buddhism. His life and accomplishments have been chronicled pictorially in a large set of paintings, which can be seen in the back hall behind the Shrine Room at Sakya Monastery. In this yearlong series, Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will review each of the panels and explain the specific activities depicted, as well as their profound meaning in teaching the Buddhadharma.  

Ven. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche comes to us from the Dzongsar Insitute in North India, where he taught and served as library director for many years. He received his Degree of Acharya after nine years of study and graduated from Dzongsar University with a Ph.D. in philosophy.  Following his 13 years of study, he was ordained an Abbott (Khenpo) in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. He also spent three years of silent retreat in Tibet. He has received empowerments from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and from many great masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa, and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse. He now teaches intermediate and advanced level classes on Buddhist philosophy, sutra and highest yoga tantra all over the world. He is also the founder and president of Tibetan Education Foundation, as well as the president of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America.

Dharma Lecture: Teaching Of The 12 Deeds Of Lord Buddha

Lecturer:  Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, January 15th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  $30 Public, $20 Members
Prerequisite: None

Most of us have practiced the 12 Deeds of Lord Buddha in our daily life. Understanding of the Twelve Deeds inspires us to practice deeper. In addition, sometimes we focus on tantric deities rather than Lord Buddha. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will teach the importance of understanding the 12 Deeds of Lord Buddha and what the connection is between Lord Buddha and the tantric deities.

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 forty masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tulku Yeshi has written thirteen books, ten of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, including “A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa.”  He has published three books in English: his autobiography “A Modern Liberation Odyssey - An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama”, “Handbook for Half-Buddhas” and “Tibetan Zen.”  He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, can advise people on how to enjoy their life, and can bestow empowerments.  Currently he is working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle.

Movies with Meaning: SAMSARA

Saturday, March 18
Time: 6:30 pm
Free, donations accepted

SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

Dharma Lecture: My Spiritual Life at Sakya Monastery

Experiences with His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang, his family, and Sakya Monastery members
Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, November 13th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members
Prerequisite: None

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will share how his spiritual life developed while residing and teaching at Sakya Monastery. He will discuss what he learned about Western culture and mind and how to preserve the Dharma so that it can flourish in the West. He will share some of the teaching and advice he received directly from H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche and H.E. Dagmo Kushola. Questions are welcome about his life. He also wants to learn how to better relate to Westerners in order to help them study and practice the Dharma.

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 thirteen books, ten of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, including “A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa.” He has published three books in English: his autobiography “A Modern Liberation Odyssey - An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama”, “Handbook for Half-Buddhas” and “Tibetan Zen.” He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, can advise people on how to enjoy their life, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he is working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle.

Guru Puja Prayer Service with Tsok

Friday, November 11
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room

 

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On November 11, in New Delhi, India, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang's Kudung (Holy Body) will be cremated. On that day here in Seattle we will have a Guru Puja Prayer Service with a Tsok offering. Members & friends may bring food, flowers, candles, incense, or monetary offerings to the resident lamas for their continuous Guru Puja prayers.

All are welcome.

Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara

Sunday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $15

The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a movement meditation in the Vajrayana tradition. It is a non-sectarian practice based on a traditional Tibetan text in which Tara’s 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessings and healing of each of the qualities to all beings. In this retreat, the dancers are led into a Mandala of dance and instructed in the subtlety of sacred movement and mudras (hand gestures). Participants learn experientially the philosophy, meditations, and visualizations of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice. At the end of the workshop the dancers will be adorned with saris (traditional Indian dress provided) and will dance for the community in an offering ritual. There is no dance experience necessary; men and women welcome.

Mandala Dance Retreat

Friday - Sunday, October 21st—23rd
Time: 7:00 pm Fri. (@ Sakya Monastery), Noon - 9:00 pm Sat. (@ Taoist Institute), 1:30 - 6:30 pm Sun. (@ Sakya Monastery)
Contact Gail at (425)214-3392 or gailf@johnlscott.com for more info and registration.

The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a movement meditation in the Vajrayana tradition. It is a non-sectarian practice based on a traditional Tibetan text in which Tara’s 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessings and healing of each of the qualities to all beings. In this retreat, the dancers are led into a Mandala of dance and instructed in the subtlety of sacred movement and mudras (hand gestures). Participants learn experientially the philosophy, meditations, and visualizations of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice. At the end of the workshop the dancers will be adorned with saris (traditional Indian dress provided) and will dance for the community in an offering ritual. There is no dance experience necessary; men and women welcome.

Special Lecture: This is Your Brain on Meditation

Lecturer: Dr. Chris Rebholz
Saturday, October 15
Time: 1:30- 3:30 PM
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

*** Cancelled due to the weather. Will be rescheduled, date TBA ***

 

The scientific proof that meditation restructures your brain is coming to fruition. Please come and join us in this fascinating lecture.

Dr. Chris Rebholz has been a member of Sakya Monastery since 2006. She is still trying to wake up.

Special Lectures: Combining Compassion and Emptiness--7 Point Mind Training

Lecturer: Ken Hockett
Wednesdays, October 12th and 19th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Recommended Text: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgön Kongtrul (translated by Ken McLeod)

Purpose: The purpose of this class is to provide a structure for in-depth practice and analysis of this method of Mind Training using both the Eight Verses and the Seven Points. Hopefully, we all will learn something about ourselves and where we are going on this Path, which combines Compassion and Emptiness. Another purpose of this class is to provide a framework for continuity and positive reinforcement in your practice. It will be helpful to attend each of the sessions, but not absolutely necessary.

1st Session: Here will be a short introduction to the history
of Mind Training and the scriptural roots with an introduction to the texts we will use for the class. We will discuss the purposes of Mind Training with emphasis on the motivation for this practice. Then, we will discuss Point One (“The Preliminaries”), what the preliminaries are and various approaches to practice. And we will examine Point Two ("The Actual Practice"). We will discuss of Point Two, which contains the heart of the practice and exposes Bodhicitta in its myriad aspects. We will also be introduced to both the formal practice of Mind Training that you do on your cushion (as described by Jamgon Kongtrul) and the informal part that you practice in your daily life.

2nd Session: This session will begin with a short practice session and then we will work on Points Three (Bringing Adversity on to the Path) and Four (Practices for Your Whole Life) and how we can integrate the attitude of Mind Training into our daily life. We will also discuss Points Five (Evaluating Your Mind Training), Six (The Disciplines of Mind Training) and Seven (The Guidelines). These sections contain many slogans to use as supports to Mind Training practice. Some of these are self-evident and some are subtle. We will discuss as many aspects of each one as possible.

Ken Hockett is one of the senior Dharma students at Sakya. After much reading and study, he took refuge before H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang in 1977. His principal interest is in the Mind Training methods and has been teaching these at Sakya Monastery for over 10 years. Having received teachings and initiations from Lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, his main teachers are of the Sakya and Nyingma traditions. He has also produced many of the practice texts used at Sakya Monastery.

Dharma Lecture: Development of Awareness and Conduct--The Most Popular and Important Work of Sakya Pandita

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, October 9th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room

“Wise people look for their own flaws, but fools look for the faults of others. The peacock examines his own body, but the owl sends out a bad omen to others.”
- Sakya Pandita

Sakya Pandita was one of the Five Founding Lamas of the Sakya Tradition. He was also known as one of the three emanations of Manjushri of Tibet. He learned Buddhist philosophy, history, and poetry from his uncle Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen and from the famous Indian master Panchen Shakya Shri as well as from many other masters. In the Treasury of Good Sayings of Sakya Pandita, he gives timeless advice on how to become a smart, helpful, mindful, and successful person. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will give an explanation on this classic Buddhist teaching.

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 thirteen books, ten of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, including “A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa.” He has published three books in English: his autobiography “A Modern Liberation Odyssey - An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama”, “Handbook for Half-Buddhas” and “Tibetan Zen.” He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, can advise people on how to enjoy their life, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he is working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle.

 

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