Special Events

Initiation of the White Parasol Goddess

By H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Sponsors: $150; Public $55, Members $50
Prerequisite: Vegetarian before the Initiation

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The White Parasol Goddess (known as Dugkarma in Tibetan) is a compassionate manifestation of all the Buddhas for averting the obstacles, illness, negativity and disturbances that can affect Buddhist practitioners. The practice of the White Parasol Goddess has been relied upon for centuries in the Sakya tradition as one of the most expedient and dynamic means to purify negative energy, and to promote healing and harmony inside and out. It is a wonderful opportunity that H.E. Sakya Dungse Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche is returning to Seattle to bestow the initiation of the White Parasol Goddess. With his inimitable warmth, clarity and insight, His Eminence will also provide a detailed explanation of the background and processes of the practice in fluent English.

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.

White Tara Initiation

Bestowed by H.E. Dagmo Kusho
Requested by Tara students and dancers
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Sunday, January 3rd
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $35, Members $30
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.

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White Tara, Cintamani Cakra, is a refuge for all sentient beings and can guide everyone to the island of blissful liberation. She is well known as the Giver of Life. The practice of White Tara brings long life, subdues illness, evil spirits, and negative karma, and clears away mental obscurations and obstacles in one’s life.

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.

Green Tara Initiation

Bestowed by H.E. Dagmo Kusho
Requested by Tara students and dancers
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkyhe
Thursday, October 20th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $30, Members $20
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.

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Green Tara Initiation

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.

Green Tara Initiation

Bestowed by H.E. Dagmo Kusho
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $30, Members $20
Prerequisite: One must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the initiation. One must also be celibate on that day.

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Green Tara Initiation

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.

Chenrezi Initiation

Bestowed by H.E. Khondung Avikrita Sakya
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $40, Members $30, Children 12 and under $15

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Chenrezi

Through the meditation on Chenrezi (Avalokiteshvara), one develops loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta. Buddha taught that “love” is the wish for all beings to experience happiness, that “compassion” is the aspiration that they be free from all suffering, and that “bodhicitta” is the mind dedicated to attaining enlightenment for the benefit for all beings.

His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Sakya Rinpoche is Head Lama of Sakya Monastery in Seattle. He is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden and was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang in Seattle in 1993. At the 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 late grandfather, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya 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. He enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010, where he mastered the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completed meditation retreats and presided as Vajra Master of the annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling. 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 Lecture: The Pointing-Out Instruction to the Old Lady

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, December 6th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: None


Guru Rinpoche gave a direct pointing out instruction to an elderly lady in Tibet who asked him for a simple teaching for people who cannot practice complicated methods. This teaching has great simplicity yet is very profound. In this teaching Guru Rinpoche explained how to recognize the nature of mind by using short study, meditation, and concentration. The class will consist of 1 ½ hour teaching with time reserved for questions and answers afterward.

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: The Nature of Mind, by H.E. Sogyal Rinoche

Monday, December 14th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $35 Public, $30 Members
Prerequisite: None
Limited seating, registration required

Sogyal Rinpoche will teach on understanding the mind and the wisdom of meditation following in the spirit of the extraordinary teachings of Dzogchen—the Great Perfection, which is the highest wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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Born in Kham in Eastern Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of a great master and visionary saint of the nineteenth century, Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama. He received the traditional training of a Tibetan lama under the close supervision of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, one of the most outstanding spiritual masters of the twentieth century, who raised Rinpoche like his own son.

Rinpoche went on to study with many other great masters, of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. In 1971, Rinpoche went to England as a visiting scholar to study Comparative Religion at Cambridge University.

First as a translator and aide to his revered masters, and then teaching in his own right, Rinpoche travelled to many countries, observing the reality of people’s lives, and searching how to translate the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism so as to make them relevant to modern men and women of all faiths, by drawing out their universal message while losing none of their authenticity, purity and power.

Out of this was born his unique style of teaching, and his ability to attune these teachings to modern life, demonstrated so vividly in his ground-breaking book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Almost three million copies have been printed, in 34 languages and the book is available in 80 countries.

Rinpoche is also the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, an international network of more than 130 Buddhist centres and groups in 30 countries around the world. He has been teaching for over forty years and continues to travel widely in Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia.

Annual Holiday Sale

Sunday, November 29
Time: 11:00am – 4:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall and Library
Cost: FREE

Come see the cultural hall transformed into a marketplace of Tibetan vendors at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Items offered for sale include statues, prayer flags, incense, art prints, books, photos of the Dalai Lama, CDs, tapes, prayer beads, jewelry, 2016 Himalayan art calendars, charms, and clothing.

At 12:00 pm enjoy a free tour of the Monastery’s Shrine Room with its traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas, and triple life-sized golden Buddha statue.

Tibetan tea will be served.

Dharma Discussion Group

For those who want to know how the practices, the teachings and everything comes together to help us reach enlightenment. Bring your questions!

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.

Movies with Meaning: Tibetan Book of the Dead

Saturday, November 14
Time: 6:30 pm
Free, donations accepted

The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a two-part film that explores this sacred text and visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom. Part 1: A Way of Life, reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in Ladakh, a region in northern India, as well as its newfound acceptance in Western hospices. The film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with H.H. the Dalai Lama. Part 2: The Great Liberation, follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

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.

 

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