Special Events

Dharma Discussion Series: Three Visions

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, 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). Khenpo Jampa will teach this in a 5 part series spanning winter and spring quarters. He asks that we attend each teaching session before reading the related material in the book. There will be a question and answer session with Khenpo Jampa on Saturday, March 19 and one in spring quarter.

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.

Buddha Amitabha Retreat

Saturday and Sunday, March 12 - 13
Saturday, 10:00 am: Amitabha Initiation
1:00 - 4:30 pm: Retreat
Sunday, 10:00 am: Bestowal of Bodhisattva Vows, then retreat continues until 4:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:
Empowerment: Public $50, Members $35
Retreat: Free, donations welcome
Prerequisite: Must be vegetarian for both days of the retreat. For Bodhisattva vows, please bring an offering of flowers or candles for the shrine. As much as you can offer, this merit will generate Bodhichitta. If you have a mala, please bring it because we will count the collective mantras recited.

Traditionally the practice of Buddha Amitabha’s Pure Land is a very popular and powerful practice of Tibetan Buddhism. No matter what lineage or school one follows, this practice is extremely beneficial if someone really wants to be born in the realm of Dewachen in the next life. This is a really simple and easily realizable practice.

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.

Kunrig Empowerment

Bestowed by Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, March 6
Time: 9:00 am - Noon (Prayers)
1:30 pm (Empowerment)
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $50, Members $35
Prerequisite: Must be vegetarian the entire day of the empowerment

Kunrig is the main deity in the Elimination of Bad Rebirths (past, present, and future). There will be an introduction, explanation, empowerment (wang) of the Kunrig (Sarvavid-Vairocana) practice. This empowerment helps to prepare oneself for the time of death. Receiving this empowerment will be of great benefit to oneself, past, present, and future generations of one’s family, beings in the bardo, those who are suffering and sick, and all sentient beings. The empowerment helps to clear our body, speech, and mind of obscurations, attachments and desires in this life, after passing, during the bardo, and in the next life. After receiving this empowerment, one can participate in the 49 days memorial and spiritual practices that lamas traditionally perform near the time of death.

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.

White Manjushri Initiation

By H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: No Set Amount
Prerequisite: Vegetarian before the Initiation

Mañjuśrī is the great Bodhisattva embodying the wisdom of all the Buddhas. Many of the Khön dynasty members, like Sakya Paṇḍita, have been revered as emanations of Mañjuśrī and it is considered especially powerful to receive a Mañjuśrī initiation from a Lama of the Sakya Khön lineage to awaken wisdom and intelligence in the mind. So although it is very short notice, it is very auspicious that H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will bestow the uncommon initiation of White Mañjuśrī that comes from Master Mati this Friday.

This impromptu initiation is being bestowed at the special request of overseas students visiting Seattle and for the benefit of Rinpoche's own extended family members. He has kindly allowed for other members and the public to attend.

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.

8th Annual Live Animal Release

For the Long Life and Good Health of H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho, our Lamas, and Buddhist Teachers of All Schools

Saturday, February 6
Time: Meet at Sakya Monastery at 8:30 am or in Anacortes at 10:30 am

Tibetan Buddhists have traditionally practiced releasing animals otherwise destined for slaughter (semchen tsetar tangpa). For the animals whose lives are saved, the freedom and relief from being killed helps to bring happiness to them. The practice generates an immense amount of merit that we can dedicate for the benefit of all sentient beings. We will be raising funds to release Dungeness crabs into their natural habitat and be dedicating it for the long life and good health of our precious teachers. This activity brings long-life and good health to the participants and donors.

This event is extra special because H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche will be joined by H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche, H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche and H.E. Asanga Rinpoche along with members of the Sakya family, our lamas, and Sakya Monastery members and friends for this year’s animal release in Anacortes. We are extremely fortunate to have H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche leading the prayers. Please join others to carpool up to Anacortes at 8:30 am or you can arrange to meet in Anacortes at 10:30 am. Maps will be made available.

We are collecting donations for the animal release. Note that 100% of all donations collected for this event are used towards purchase of the animals. Donations can be made through the Sakya Monastery website (see Paypal button below). Donations can also be made by check or cash. Please make donations by February 3rd.

For more information, please contact the Monastery, Tulku Yeshi (206-390-6567) or Kristine Honda (425-503-2251).



Dharma Discussion Series: Three Visions

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sundays, February 28th and March 20th
(Spring quarter dates TBD)
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). Khenpo Jampa will teach this in a 5 part series spanning winter and spring quarters. He asks that we attend each teaching session before reading the related material in the book. There will be a question and answer session with Khenpo Jampa on Saturday, March 19 and one in spring quarter.

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.

Granting the Attainment of Wisdom - A Special Teaching on the Practice of "The Litany of Epithets of Arya Manjushri"

By H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $50, Members $35
Prerequisite: None

One of the most important primary texts memorised by the Sangha in Sakya monasteries is “The Litany of Epithets of Arya Manjushri” (the Namasamgiti or jampal tsen-joe in Tibetan). It is recited everyday at the Sakya Monlam each year and considered the most powerful chant composed by the Buddha to accumulate merit directed to awakening for the benefit all sentient beings. H.E. Sakya Dungse Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will bestow a special teaching on this practice suited to newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike, and will also provide recipients with copies of His new booklet, “Granting the Attainment of Wisdom”, which includes the full text in Tibetan and English along with clear guidelines of the visualisations and meditations needed for its recitation.

Sunday Chenrezi will be cancelled and Avikrita Rinpoche will lead everyone in reciting the text once he has taught the practice. However, personal dedications, etc. can still be made as the Namasamgiti is also good for that.

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.

Special Lectures: The Four Philosophical Schools of Indian Buddhism

Lecturer: Jeff Schoening, Ph.D.
Wednesdays, January 6th and 13th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None
Handouts provided

For any student of the Buddha’s teachings, their sheer volume presents problems. Is there a system to the teachings, a hierarchy, a reason for differences and disagreements? It is generally accepted that the teachings fall within four distinct philosophical schools. Learn about the history and teachings of these four schools. The first session describes the origins of the schools and their relationship to Buddhist scripture and one another. Both traditional accounts and modern academic views are considered. The second session investigates the doctrines that distinguish these four schools, paying particular attention to the two Great Vehicle (Mahayana) schools, the Practitioner (Yogachara) and the Middle Way (Madhyamaka). The class is intended for anyone with an interest in Buddhist philosophy who wants to deepen his or her understanding of the Buddha’s doctrine and its history.

Jeffrey Schoening (Upasaka), holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies, and 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 of teachings on dependent arising. He served as a health care chaplain at Swedish Medical Center and Northwest Kidney Center and is currently a private practice spiritual director.

Movies with Meaning: Digital Dharma

Saturday, January 16
Time: 6:30 pm
Free, donations accepted

Digital Dharma is the chronicle of a cultural rescue. This feature-length HD documentary brings to light the magnitude of one man's inspirational 50-year quest to save the literary history of a disappearing culture and to preserve early lessons of mankind's consciousness. The life of E. Gene Smith is an epic story of destiny and compassion that leads a pacifist on a mission of survival. In an era of espionage and mistrust, Gene's mission becomes the catalyst for an international movement to save ancient writing and art from crumbling, literally, to dust... and then deliver them to the entire world. As our world's political and cultural borders shift, Gene Smith’s mission to protect all knowledge and its far-reaching contributions becomes critical.

E. Gene Smith was a student of H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho's uncle, and he stayed with H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche's family in Seattle in the early 60's.

Amitayus-Hayagriva Tangtong Gyalpo Initiation

By H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Asanga Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, February 14
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  Sponsors: $150, Public $55, Members $50

To register online, please visit: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=rkgbvycab&oeidk=a07ec11et7902590549

H.E. Asanga Rinpoche will bestow the Amitayus-Hayagriva Initiation. The practice of Amitayus, the Buddha of Boundless Life and Wisdom, is a meditative yoga for a prolonged and meaningful life, transcending sickness, disease and untimely death. Hayagriva represents protection. This fierce protector is a terrifying form of Noble Chenrezi (Sanskrit - Avalokitshvara).

Tang Tong Gyalpo is a legendary Buddhist master reputed to have an incredible lifespan of 125 years. Believed to be Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) appearing in the world to benefit living beings, Tang Tong Gyalpo constructed 58 iron suspension bridges, 60 wooden bridges, 118 ferries, 111 stupa monuments, countless temples and monasteries, and is credited for the creation of Tibetan opera. According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is believed that putting Tang Tong Gyalpo’s picture over a door or window serves as an Earthquake Protection Amulet.

His Eminence Khondung Asanga Vajra Sakya is the son of H.E. Khöndung Ani Vajra Sakya Rinpoche, the second son of the Phuntsok Phodrang family and Dagmo Chimey la. He is also the grandson of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche and therefore a direct descendent of the unbroken Khon lineage which dates back to 1073. Asanga Vajra Rinpoche is also the grandson of H.E. Garje Khamtul Rinpoche, a highly realized and accomplished Nyingmapa master on his mother’s side. His Eminence Khöndung Asanga Vajra Sakya Rinpoche was born on May 1st, 1999 in Seattle Washington. In April of 2005, at the age of five and in accordance with his wish, Asanga Vajra Rinpoche left the comforts of home and family in Seattle, Washington to begin his new life to study and train at the Tharlam Monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal. In 2007, he received the Lamdre Tsogshay teaching from his paternal grandfather, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. The following year, Asanga Rinpoche received the Lamdre Lobshey teachings from his paternal granduncle H.H. Sakya Trizin Rinpoche. He has also received many other very important empowerments, teachings and religious instructions from other great masters such as H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.E. Chögye Trichen, H.E. Khenchen Appey Rinpoche, H.E. Luding Khenchen as well as from his maternal grandfather H.E. Khamtul Rinpoche. In 2011, Asanga Rinpoche successfully passed his examination on the Vajrakilaya puja and rituals with a perfect score and was also the youngest lineage holder in exile to have successfully undertaken the rigorous preparation and examination.

Dharma Lecture: Final Words of Guru Rinpoche to Yeshe Tsogyal

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, February 14
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $35 Public, $30 Members
Prerequisite: Refuge

Guru Rinpoche gave many profound teachings when he was in Tibet. Today’s teaching contains the essence of all his teachings. He gave this particular advice to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal when he was about to leave Tibet. The sutra and the tantra and especially the viewpoint of Dzogchen is contained in this teaching. To help understand this teaching, it is important to have indestructible devotion in Guru Rinpoche and awareness of Rigpa.

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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