Special Events

Dharma Lecture: Teaching on Death, Bardo, and Rebirth

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, November 8th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: None

All ordinary beings must go through death, the bardo, and rebirth. But most of us have no idea or education about these three steps. Many lamas practice this daily in preparation for this important time. In this teaching we will study and visualize the three levels with the three Buddha bodies which are visualized together during these experiences: death – dharmakaya; the bardo – samboghakaya; birth – nirmanakaya. If you can understand and visualize these three processes along with the three kayas, then you have the chance to be liberated when you are dying, in the bardo, or before rebirth.

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.

Special Lecture: Empowerment, What's it All About?

Lecturer: Stephanie Prince
Sunday, October 18th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

In order to practice deity yoga in Vajrayana Buddhism, one has to receive empowerment, oral transmission, and instructions from qualified spiritual teachers. This session will focus on understanding the different types and aspects of empowerment. We will review what happens during an empowerment ceremony and talk about the meaning of initiation and its significance in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Stephanie Prince has studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition for more than 40 years and holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington. She has received teachings and major initiations in the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Sakya LamDre (Path with its Fruit), both the Lamdre Tsogshay and the Lamdre Lobshay. She has taught on general Buddhism and has guided Buddhist ritual classes at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. She also serves as a Buddhadharma mentor and VEI catalog editor.

Green Tara Initiation

Bestowed by H.E. Dagmo Kusho
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Thursday, October 22
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $30, Members $25
Prerequisite: One must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the initiation. One must also be celibate for those hours.

As the embodiment of the Great Wisdom Mother, Green Tara is the Savior of all beings. Meditation on Green Tara is believed to be very effective in releasing beings from distressing circumstances both great and small.

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.

Dagmo Chimey Sakya has over 20 years of international experience
translating for venerable Buddhist masters.

Diamonds on the Path: Readings from the Sakya Founders

Lecturer: Chris Wilkinson
Saturday and Sunday, October 17th - 18th
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 for each session; $50 for all sessions
Prerequisite: None

Session 1:
Saturday 10:00 am - Noon
Sakya Pandita's Magic Net of Aphorisms

Session 2:
Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsan's Letter of Advice to Yeshe Dorje

Session 3:
Sunday 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Chogyal Phagpa's Rosary of Gemstones: A Discourse for Prince Jibig Timur

We will be doing interactive reading and discussion of the writings of three of the Sakya Founding Fathers. We will be able to discuss how the teachings we read are applicable to our own practices and understandings. The books will be available for purchase, but I will make sure that anyone attending will get the texts we will be reading in the class. Those who come with a sincere wish to share in the wisdom of the Sakya founders will get the most out of it.

The Heart Sutra: A Commentary by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

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

The great nonsectarian lama Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo wrote a commentary on the Heart Sutra when still a teenager. He explains such topics as the relationship between form and emptiness, the Three Doors of Liberation, and how to practice the Heart Sutra. We will read and discuss Jeff Schoening's translation of this treatise, entitled, "Perception of the Definitive Meaning." We will also consider and discuss a summary of the fifteenth century Sakya lama Shakya Chokden's presentation of these topics from his commentary on the Heart Sutra.

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.

Tibetan Alphabet and its Pronunciation

Teacher: Eric Dulberg
Mondays: October 5, 19, November 2, 9, 16
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Monastery Library
Instructor: Eric Dulberg
Course fee: $75 Public, $50 Members (Prior students of this course will receive a 20% discount)
Prerequisite: at least 18 years of age
Registration: Please pre-register for this class series

In these five classes, you will learn to read, write, and pronounce the Tibetan alphabet. In October, we will begin a new first year Tibetan language course. The purpose of this course is to enable students to read the Dharma in Tibetan. The course will proceed in three parts: (1) Learn to read, write, and pronounce the Tibetan alphabet; [5 classes]. (2) Learn to read, write, and spell syllables; [7 classes]. You will then be able to read in Tibetan, the ”Refuge & Bodhicitta” prayer and the “Dedication” prayer we will have been reciting at each class. (3) Learn the basics of Tibetan literary grammar, and learn how to translate the “Refuge & Bodhicitta” prayer; [12 classes].

Enrollment: Class size is limited to 10 students. Registration will be completed by the payment of the course fee to the Monastery office. (The course fee will become nonrefundable on September 21st, two weeks before classes begin.)

Eric Dulberg has been a Buddhist since 1975. When he moved to Seattle in the 1990s, he became a member of Sakya Monastery. He began to teach literary Tibetan in 2008. During the past 20 years, he has studied Tibetan with both Tibetan and Western teachers of the Tibetan language. Eric’s professional background includes a BS in physics and an MPH and DrPH in epidemiology.

Dharma Event: Chu Tsa (Water Tsa-tsas)

Led by: H.E. Dagmo Kusho and Ven. Khen Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, October 4th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Carkeek Park
Suggested contribution: Free, donations accepted
Prerequisite: None

Tsa-tsa are small clay statues of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas formed in molds. Chu Tsa are tsa-tsas done with water instead of clay. Participants will fill the tsa-tsa molds with water at the beach and the small creek while chanting prayers. Traditionally, these statues have many benefits. For this project, the tsa-tsa are for world peace, the long-life of H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho and other masters, for accumulating merit for yourself and for the benefit of all beings in water. Making these water tsatsas brings benefit to all beings.

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.

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.

4th Week Memorial Service for Ani Chime

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Following the Thursday Chenrezi prayers on September 3rd, H.E. Dagmo Kusho will sponsor a short Memorial Service in memory of her beloved aunt Ani Chime.  There will also be a second short service on September 24th at 7:30 pm. 

The regular Chenrezi prayers will be followed Aspiration of Samantabhadra Prayers and then the Memorial.  All are welcome. 

7th Week Memorial Service for Ani Chime and Jamyang Lharmo

 AniChime

Following the Thursday Chenrezi prayers on September 24th, there will be a a short Memorial Service in memory H.E. Dagmo Kusho's beloved aunt Ani Chime and Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche's mother Jamyang Lharmo. This will mark the 49th day since their passing.

The regular Chenrezi prayers will be followed Aspiration of Samantabhadra Prayers and then the Memorial.  All are welcome. 

Dharma Lecture: Ngorpa and Tsarpa Schools of the Sakya Tradition

Lecturer: Lama Migmar
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Date: TBD, will be rescheduled
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: None

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

Venerable 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.

Rigdzin Tingkhye was born in Tibet and has many years of translation experience for senior Tibetan Buddhist lamas and geshes. His well-rooted experience in the east and west, fluency in both languages and their nuances, makes him an accomplished contemporary interpreter with humor. Living in the United States over the past twenty-five years, Rigdzin has sustained his passion for philosophy and everyday loving-kindness through his work as a language teacher, private chef, business owner, and interpreter for distinguished lamas, astrologers and political activists. He follows in the path of his ancestors, yogis of Tash

Movies with Meaning: Brilliant Moon

Saturday, September 19
Time: 7:00 pm
Free, donations accepted

Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, chronicles the life of the writer, poet, and meditation master, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers. Known as the instructor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan, his life and teachings were an inspiration to all who encountered him. Two of his admirers are Richard Gere and Lou Reed, who provide the narration for his dangerous journey out of China and the subsequent spread of his influence around the world. Event organized by Marilyn Harris and Seline Albee.

 

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