Special Events

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.

Special Lecture: How to Set Up a Shrine in Your Home

Instructor: Ngakpa Tashi Paljor
Saturday, April 23rd
Time: 1:30 - 3:30pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Donation: $25 public; $15 members

When you begin to practice Tibetan Buddhism spiritual practices, you may want to set up a shrine and maintain it in your home as your special space for meditation. In this class, you will learn the purpose and benefits of a shrine and how to set up your own. You will learn the purpose and types of daily shrine offerings, the meaning and significance of the Eight Offerings, how to remove daily and older offerings, and how to close the shrine for the night.

Ngakpa Tashi Paljor began studying with H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche in 1977, and in his attempt to understand the teachings of the Buddha, joined Rinpoche in Pilgrimage in 2003 and Lamdre in 2007. He has taken teachings from many of the great Lamas of the 20th century and has been practicing Buddhism since 1972.

Special Lecture: How to Make a Shrine in Your Home

Instructor: Ngakpa Tashi Paljor
Saturday, March 18
Time: 1:30 - 3:30pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Donation: $25 public; $15 members

When you begin to practice Tibetan Buddhism spiritual practices, you may want to set up a shrine and maintain it in your home as your special space for meditation. In this class, you will learn the purpose and benefits of a shrine and how to set up your own. You will learn the purpose and types of daily shrine offerings, the meaning and significance of the Eight Offerings, how to remove daily and older offerings, and how to close the shrine for the night.

Ngakpa Tashi Paljor began studying with H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche in 1977, and in his attempt to understand the teachings of the Buddha, joined Rinpoche in Pilgrimage in 2003 and Lamdre in 2007. He has taken teachings from many of the great Lamas of the 20th century and has been practicing Buddhism since 1972.

Guru Rinpoche Empowerment

Led by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, May 1st
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $50, Members $35
Prerequisite: Refuge, please bring Tsok offering if possible

Guru Rinpoche (Sanskrit: Padmasambhava) brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century C.E. at the invitation of King Trisong Detsen. He is revered as a Second Buddha. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche states, “If someone wants to successfully practice Dzogchen, one must receive the Guru Rinpoche empowerment.” Tulku Yeshi will also teach on how to perform the daily Guru Rinpoche practice. He received the Guru Rinpoche empowerment from many highly realized Lamas, so he believes that the collective blessings are powerful and will be of great benefit to all.

Commitment: Recite Guru Rinpoche’s mantra 108 times each day or as many times as possible.

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.

Dharma Lecture: Mudras, Malas, and How to Use the Ritual Instruments

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, April 17th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $45 Public, $30 Members
Please bring mala, bell, dorje, and damaru (small Tibetan drum) if you have them.

As a Vajrayana practitioner you will learn different mudras. It is essential that we learn the meaning and significance of these mudras and how to perform them. It is good to know about the different colors and the types of beads that are used to make the malas. In addition, we will learn about ritual instruments, their significance, and how to use them. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will be happy to consecrate/bless the instruments that you bring to the session.

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.

Meditation Series: Vipassana and Shamatha Meditation

Lecturer: Venerable Lekshay Sangpo
Mondays: April 13th, 20th and 27th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested donation: $30 Public or $20 Members, per class

There are countless types of meditation, some being thousands of years old. This class will teach two older types which are from ancient India.

They are still practiced today: Shamantha (calm abiding) and Vipashyana (insight). Both of these have countless benefits. I will teach both types in this three week class. The first two classes will be on Calm Abiding and the third class will focus on Insight Meditation.

These classes are for both beginners and current practitioners. Sitting (meditating) in a group is very powerful. Venerable Lekshay recommends reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki and Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenberg.

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing. Beginners bring some big, fluffy socks for knee support.

Venerable Lekshay Sangpo studied Zen Buddhism for 20 years. After seeing the Dalai Lama in Seattle in 1993, he became a Tibetan Buddhist. He found H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche in 1994, and has been a student of his ever since. He received his getsul (novice) vows in 2001, and his gelung (Bhikshu) vows in 2004, both from H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in Nepal. He has been living, studying, and teaching Dezhung Rinpoche and the monks at Tharlam Monastery in Nepal parttime since 2000.

Dharma Discussion Series: Three Visions

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sundays, April 10th, May 22nd, July 31st, August 21st, and September 25
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $45 Public, $30 Members, per talk
Students receive free copy of Three Visions

Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will teach and give a commentary on the Three Visions: Fundamental Teaching of the Sakya Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism by Ngorchen Kunchog Lhundrub. This text is from the 16th century CE and often serves as the preliminary teachings for the Sakya Lamdre (The path with its result). This is the 6th and final class in the series. He asks that we attend each teaching session before reading the related material in the book.

Course covers:
- Instructions on the impure vision
- The instructions on the difficulty of obtaining the prerequisites
- Instruction on the visions and non-virtuous deeds and their results
- The instructions on the vision of experience
- The instructions on the pure vision

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.

Refuge Ceremony

His Eminence Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, April 10
Time: 11:00 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 formally becomes a Buddhist. For more information or to sign-up, please call 206-789-2573 or e-mail monastery@sakya.org.

HE Avikirita Rinpoche Seated

His Eminence Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden, was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang in Seattle in 1993. At the tender age of six, he began his training in India to 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 Sakya. 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 annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010. There he is successfully building on his extensive learning in the Buddha- Dharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition.

Dharma Discussion Group - The Path of Awakening, Mapping it All Out

Instructor: Ken Hockett
Saturdays: April 9th, May 14th and June 11th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Library
Free, donations accepted; all are welcome

The purpose of the Dharma Discussion Group is to provide an informal open forum for Buddhist practitioners, students or people interested in the Buddhist path to come and ask questions and/or discuss any and all aspects of Buddhist philosophy and practice in general and Tibetan Buddhist practice in particular. What is this all about? What are the options for practice? What are my commitments? What is important and what is not? People can ask questions, express concerns, personal or general and connect with other practitioners. Everyone is welcome to come and participate in whatever way they wish.

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.

Dharma Lecture by H.H. Sakya Trizin: Chogyal Phagpa's "Advice of the Precious Jewel Garland"

By H.H. Sakya Trizin
Sunday, April 3
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  Adults: $45, Seniors (65+) $35, Students and Children $25

To attend in person, register online by visiting: *** EVENT IS FULL, REGISTRATION IS CLOSED *** http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=rkgbvycab&oeidk=a07ecguvze797d70fbf
To stream the event live for free, visit: hhst2016.sakya.org

H.H. Sakya Trizin will speak about the “Advice of the Precious Jewel Garland”, a discourse about good conduct and good qualities written by Chögyal Phagpa to a Mongolian prince named Jibig Timur. Chögyal Phagpa (1235-1280) was one of the Five Founders of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

His Holiness Sakya Trizin is the 41st head of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism, and has been the supreme head of its many disciples for over fifty years. His Holiness is a biological descendent of the great masters who founded the order in 1073 and is considered to be an emanation of Manjushri.

He has been praised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as 'King of Vajrayana practitioners,' and is renowned throughout the world for the brilliance and clarity of his teachings and his fluency and precise command of English.

Receiving teachings directly from His Holiness carries a special lineage of blessings from the founders of the Sakya Order, as well as from Manjushri himself.

Guru Padmasambhava's Life Empowerment

Bestowed by H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Sponsors: $150; Public $55, Members $40  (All donations will be given to Sakya Monastery)
Prerequisite: Refuge

Padmasambhava 2

Rinpoche will bestow the special long-life empowerment from the "Butön Gongkhugma", a terma (hidden treasure teaching) from Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) that is regarded as very powerful for life-enhancement. The practice first came to Padmasambhava from Buddha Amitabha but was not revealed until the great Terma Revealer called Guru Chöwang discovered the terma in the 13th century. A hundred years later, it became a specialty of the Sakya lineage in a second revelation that includes the blessings of five forms of Amitayus, the Buddha of Limitless Life and Wisdom. Although Rinpoche has given this special teaching several times overseas, this is the first time that he is granting the empowerment at Sakya Monastery. There will be no mantra or sadhana commitment (samaya) other than to maintain one's precepts.

HE Avikirita Rinpoche Seated


His Eminence Khondung 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 Sakya. 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.

 

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