Special Events

Dharma Lecture: Ngorpa and Tsarpa Schools of the Sakya Tradition

Lecturer: Lama Migmar
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Sunday, September 18th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $45 Public, $30 Members

In this lecture, Lama Migmar will discuss about the Ngorpa and Tsarpa Traditions of the Sakya School. These sects have similar practices and lineages.

Ven. Lama Migmar was born in Kham (eastern Tibet) and studied Dharma at Kyegu Monastery, the largest and oldest Sakya monastery in the Kham region. He trained extensively in both sculpture and painting, and completed many deity retreats. He was the primary disciple of his master Lobsang Thugje from 1987 to 1993; his master created the statues in His Holiness the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala. Lama Migmar's work is featured in Kagyu, Nyingma, and Sakya monasteries throughout Kham; one monastery contains over 100 of his Shitro deity statues. He has lived in India, Nepal and Malaysia, and created extensive artwork in those locations. He came to Sakya Monastery in 2007, and is Sakya Monastery's resident artist. He has recently completed a thangka of the Sakya Lamdre lineage. Currently he is working on other Buddhist paintings and can be commissioned to create thangkas, statues, and deity masks for Buddhist practitioners.

Dharma Lecture: Compassion and Hatred

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, September 11th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $45 Public, $30 Members
Prerequisite: None

According to Lord Buddha’s teaching, everything is impermanent. Our ego destroys relationships and friendships easily in our daily lives, and especially affects our pure vision. Mahayana and Vajrayana practitioners need to learn how to keep and sustain our pure vision, compassion, and passions, and recognize how hatred freezes our “seeds of compassion” and destroys our peace of mind. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will teach from the experiences that he has had living in the East and the West on how to transcend hatred and develop compassion.

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.

Guru Rinpoche Bumtsok Retreat

Led by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14
Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm with a lunch break from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Prerequisite: None
Please bring a tsok offering and also your dorje, bell and dhamaru drum if possible. Also bring food for a potluck lunch.

If someone wants to become a Buddha or a Bodhisattva, one needs to accumulate merit and purify one’s defilements. A very meritorious practice of Guru Rinpoche is a Bumtsok, which is a 100,000 Tsok offerings to Guru Rinpoche. It is fine to join the first day, the second day, or both. If you cannot come, it is considered very meritorious to donate food or money for a tsok offering for this event. Candles and flowers are acceptable as well.

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.

Dharma Lecture: The Mind and the Buddha Nature

Lecturer:  Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, July 24th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  $45 Public, $30 Members
Prerequisite: None

Your mind is like milk while Buddha nature is like butter.  The mind itself cannot produce or generate the butter on its own.  It needs churning in order to become butter.  The mind itself cannot show you its Buddha nature until you are ready.  Also, if someone makes butter from milk they should keep the milk fresh and take care of it.  As practitioners we should be mindful all the time.  Within the Buddhist teachings there are many techniques in order to free the mind from defilements and its obscurations.  Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will give training on how to be more mindful in order to develop and realize the Buddha nature.

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.

Ngondro Retreat

Saturday and Sunday, July 16 - 17
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  $165 Public, $125 Members (Includes metered Ngondro Manual)

The fundamental Buddhist practice known as Ngon-dro has its root in the seven-limb practices taught in the Samantabhadra’s prayer. In Vajrayana Buddhism, they have been developed into the following six practices: (1) Refuge, (2) Prostration, (3) Bodhicitta, (4) Vajrasattva meditation, (5) Mandala offering and (6) Guru Yoga. All Tibetan Buddhist Sadhana practices have all these components, but many do not know their meanings. These are foundation of all Tibetan Buddhist practices.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche, who completed 100,000 practices of all the above in thirteen months as part of the three and half year Lamdre meditation retreat in Lumbini (1976-1980) under the tutelage of Kyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche will teach on these fundamental practices on the basis of a short and concise text written by the late Dezhung Tulku Rinpoche. He has been conducting annual retreats on these for 30 years. The sessions will cover both theory and practice sessions. All are asked to bring your Vajra, bell and Mandala sets. Anyone who follows Tibetan Buddhism will benefit from these teachings and practices.  

Lama Choedak Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master from Australia. Rinpoche has trained under some of the great masters as well as completing a three and a half year solitary meditation retreat. He is a Buddhist scholar, a highly sought after public speaker and has a special interest in making the Buddha’s teachings accessible to Westerners. He has been teaching Calm Abiding Meditation to Westerners for over 25 years. Lama Choedak Rinpoche’s profound explanation of meditation and its everyday relevance is renowned for its lucidity, authenticity and humor. Rinpoche is the founder of Sakya Losal Choe Dzong in Canberra, Australia.

Dharma Lecture: Transcending Duality

Friday, July 15th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $45 Public, $30 Members

So much suffering in life can be traced back to thinking about things in only black and white terms - good versus evil, long versus short, male versus female, us versus them. Buddhism emphasises how thinking dualistically is the root cause of our suffering. How do we break free from the traps of rigid thinking and see the lighter side of life? Lama Choedak Rinpoche, will give practical teachings on how to remove ourselves from the clutches of dualistic thinking, and in doing so find the path to a more peaceful and harmonious way of living.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master from Australia. Rinpoche has trained under some of the great masters as well as completing a three and a half year solitary meditation retreat. He is a Buddhist scholar, a highly sought after public speaker and has a special interest in making the Buddha’s teachings accessible to Westerners. He has been teaching Calm Abiding Meditation to Westerners for over 25 years. Lama Choedak Rinpoche’s profound explanation of meditation and its everyday relevance is renowned for its lucidity, authenticity and humor. Rinpoche is the founder of Sakya Losal Choe Dzong in Canberra, Australia.

Dharma Lecture: Parting From The Four Forms Of Clinging

Lecturer: H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, June 26
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  Public $50, Members $35

Newcomers and seasoned students alike are all welcome to attend a Dharma Talk on one of the most important teachings at the heart of the Sakya tradition, ‘Parting from the Four Forms of Clinging’. Revealed in four lines to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the founding master of the lineage, by Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, the instructions summarize the key aspects of Buddhist mind training and have been passed down from master to disciple in an unbroken transmission to the present generation of Sakya Khön Lineage Holders. Drawing on the classic explanations of Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen and the oral instructions of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang, His Eminence will guide us into practical ways of learning the profound view, meditation and way of life in Mahayana Buddhism.

His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. He was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang Family in Seattle in 1993. At the young age of six, he began his training in India in order follow in the footsteps of his noble Khön forebears. Since that time, he has received an uninterrupted stream of transmissions and teachings, including the Lamdre Tsogshay, from his grandfather H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang.  He has also received many teachings from his paternal grand-uncle H.H. Sakya Trizin (including the Lamdre Lobshe), and many high Lamas of the Sakya tradition. Having mastered the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completed meditation retreats and presided as Vajra Master of the 2009 Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010.  To gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition, he is successfully building on his extensive learning of the Buddha Dharma with a program of study and dialectics.

Refuge Ceremony

Led by H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, June 26
Time: 11:15 am
Location: Shrine Room

Taking refuge is the first step on the Buddhist path to enlightenment. Refuge is a formal ceremony during which a person officially becomes a Buddhist and receives a Dharma name.  Be sure to bring on the day of the Refuge Ceremony the following items:

Flowers, incense, candles and/or a monetary offering for the Shrine and monetary offerings for the Lama and 2-3 attendants.  In addition, please bring two Katags (one will be left on the altar and one will be offered to the Lama and then returned to you).  Katags can be purchased at the Monastery.

Please contact the Sakya Monastery Office for more information or to sign-up.

His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. He was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang Family in Seattle in 1993. At the young age of six, he began his training in India in order follow in the footsteps of his noble Khön forebears. Since that time, he has received an uninterrupted stream of transmissions and teachings, including the Lamdre Tsogshay, from his grandfather H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang.  He has also received many teachings from his paternal grand-uncle H.H. Sakya Trizin (including the Lamdre Lobshe), and many high Lamas of the Sakya tradition. Having mastered the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completed meditation retreats and presided as Vajra Master of the 2009 Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010.  To gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition, he is successfully building on his extensive learning of the Buddha Dharma with a program of study and dialectics.

8th Annual Saka Dawa Retreat

Led by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel RinpocheLed by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel Rinpoche
Saturday, May 21st
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Retreat fee: None, donations accepted
Includes vegetarian lunch at the Monastery
Please RSVP by May 19th

Due to the ongoing Parinirvana Pujas for H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, we are combing two meritorious activities: the Saka Dawa Nyen Nay retreat and the Guru Puja Prayer Service. As a result, the schedule for the day has changed. The Guru Puja Prayers Services will be held from 10am-Noon and 2-4 pm. Those taking Nyen Nay vows at 9:00 am can remain and participate during these prayers if they like and they may also participate in the 4:15 pm 1,000 Arm Chenrezi Nyen Nay practice that will be led by Khenpo Jampa. Please attend as your schedule allows.

There is no registration fee for taking the vows or attending the pujas, but attendees can make an offering to the lamas performing the pujas. All participants should plan to be vegetarian for the entire day. (No meat, eggs, alcohol, garlic, onions, or ginger.)

Schedule for Saturday
9:00 AM - Participants receive the Nyen Nay vows. These are kept for 24 hours to purify oneself.
Led by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel.

10:00 AM - Noon Guru Puja Prayer Service
Led by Khenpo Dakpa Woeser, from Sakya Tsechen Ling Institute in France.

Noon - 2:00 PM - Free Vegetarian lunch for participants

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Guru Puja Prayer Service
Led by Khenpo Dakpa Woeser, from Sakya Tsechen Ling Institute in France.

4:15 PM - After a short break, the 1,000 Arm Chenrezi Nyen Nay practice continues. Please bring flower, candle and tsok offering.
Led by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel.

If you must end your retreat early, please remember to dedicate Merit.

Ven. Khen 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.

2-Day Saka Dawa Nyung Nye Retreat

Requested by: The Tibetan Association of Washington
Led by: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel Rinpoche
Saturday and Sunday, May 7th– 8th
Time: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Monastery Shrine Room
All are welcome

In Tibetan, the word “Nyung” means less. “Nye” means remaining. This means that we reduce our negativity and, ideally, eliminate it entirely. Nyung Nye is a practice of fasting and purification. Each morning, one takes vows and abides by them for the whole day. On the first day, one vegetarian potluck lunch is eaten at noon and liquids are taken. On the second day, no food or drink at all is consumed. In addition, this second day of practice is done in silence. On each day, practitioners do the 1,000 Armed Chenrezi practice.

Ven. Khen 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.

Special Lecture: Combining Compassion and Emptiness

Lecturer: Ken Hockett
Sunday, April 24th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $25 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

In Tibet, the tradition and transmission of Mind Training was passed down from the great Indian Master, Atisha, to the Kadampa Masters of the 11th Century. The importance of this teaching was recognized such that this teaching quickly spread to all the schools of Buddhist practice and remains an integral part of all the traditions to this day. The purpose of Mind Training (Lojong) is to develop Bodhicitta, the Mind intent on attaining Buddhahood for the benefit of others. Without Bodhicitta, true Enlightenment is not possible. The method of Mind Training is through meditation which combines Calm Abiding and Insight to experience Emptiness and through post-meditation practices of mindfulness and Compassion which includes the practice of Tonglen.

The Eight Verses of Mind Training are a very approachable set of aphorisms in verse form which contain the essentials of Mind Training. This will be a practice-oriented class on the Eight Verses and how to incorporate them into a daily Mind Training practice. There will be a brief introduction to Mind Training and the Eight Verses and we will discuss their meaning with some emphasis on the practice of Calm-Abiding/Insight Meditation and Tong-Len as components of the training. We will use a daily practice within which to provide personal continuity to this most essential practice.

Text: The Eight Verses of Mind Training of Kadam Geshé Langri Tenpa

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 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.

 

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