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Welcome to Sakya Monastery

Sakya Monastery provides access to the Buddha’s teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. Sakya Monastery provides a place to learn from highly qualified and spiritual Tibetan Lamas in a beautiful traditional setting.

Here are the best ways for a new person to learn about the practice of Tibetan Buddhism at Sakya Monastery:

  • Attend the monthly Orientation - answers the most frequently asked questions.
  • Attend the 8:30 am Sunday morning introductory class and the 10:00 am Chenrezi service - open to the public. As we occasionally have special events, please check our calendar for the current schedule: Calendar of Classes and Events
  • Review the material on our website.
  • Attend a Virupa Educational Institute (VEI) class at Sakya Monastery.
  • Attend the 7:00 pm Friday evening Calm Abiding meditation. Free and open to the public.

If you have any questions, please call Sakya Monastery at 206-789-2573 weekdays between 9:00 am and Noon, Pacific Time.

Refuge Ceremony

Offered by H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Sunday, April 22
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.

Following the Reguge ceremony, there will be a potluck held in the Cultural Hall:

Join us Sunday April 22 at 12pm for  a  community  potluck  at Sakya  Monastery,  as  we  welcome  new  sangha  members  who  have just taken Refuge. It’s a time to sit back and relax, take  part  in  great  conversations,  reconnect  with  old  friends, and make a few new ones over a delicious meal. This is also an opportunity for those who have just taken Refuge to be welcomed into the community. Family, friends, and loved ones are welcome to join in the fun. Please bring a potluck dish to share. 

Her Eminence Dagyum Kusho Sakya, also known as H.E. Dagmo Kusho, 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. Dagyum Kusho is the widow of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. She is currently the Acting Head Lama of the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, WA. Dagyum Kusho specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

Sharing the Dharma

by H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Sunday, April 1st
Time: 11:15 - 11:45 pm
Location: Shrine Room

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho (Dagmola) Sakya has had many roles throughout her lifetime: wife of the founding Lama of Sakya Monastery in Seattle, His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang, mother, grandmother, and as one of the few female Buddhist teachers, she is considered a spiritual mother by students all over the world. Through the eyes and special insight of this amazing spiritual teacher, we have a rare opportunity to hear about the teachings of the Lord Buddha: stories of faraway places, Tibetan culture, spiritual masters and much, much more.

Join us once a month from 11:15 - 11:45 am directly after Chenrezi practice for the continuation of Sharing the Dharma. This teachings will also be live-streamed at our website, http://dagmokusho.sakya.org

Lecture topic: H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche
A highly realized master of the Sakya lineage, Her Eminence’s uncle was a co-founder of Sakya Thechen Choling, which became Sakya Monastery. Her Eminence will talk about his life, including the experiences of him and his family when they first came to Seattle. He is the subject of the book “A Saint in Seattle,” and wrote many books, including, “The Three Levels of Spiritual Perception.”

Her Eminence Dagyum Kusho Sakya, also known as H.E. Dagmo Kusho, 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. Dagyum Kusho is the widow of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. She is currently the Acting Head Lama of the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, WA. Dagyum Kusho specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

Upcoming Free Online Streaming Events

This month, Sakya Monastery will be streaming events for free on two different days.

On Sunday, April 16th at 10:00 am, we will live stream the Guru Puja Prayer Service (in English): gurupuja0417.sakya.org

On Saturday, April 29th we will be live streaming three events on the anniversay of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang's parinirvana. They are part of a week long memorial that concludes that Saturday. They are morning Chenrezi Drub Choe prayers, afternoon Chenrezi Drub Choe Prayers, and an evening Candlelight vigil: drubchoe2017.sakya.org

If you aren't able to be at the Monastery in person, we hope that you can join us online for these events!

 

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Special Lecture: Vajrasattva, An Introduction

Instructor: Stephanie Prince
Wednesday, May 18th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Donation: $25 public; $15 members

Vajrasattva appears in the Mahayana tantric tradition as a sixth Dhyani Buddha. For practitioners of ngon-dro, the extraordinary practices of Vajrayana, Vajrasattva is practiced to purify and mend broken commitments, especially those of the Vajrayana. You will be introduced to the special vows of the Vajrayana and the symbolism of this particularly skillful and beneficent Meditational Deity.

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.

Live Streaming: Hevajra Puja

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Tomorrow, Sunday May 15, we will be live streaming the Hevajra Puja which will be performed by the Sakya Dhungseys, monks of Sakya Monastery, and visiting monks and lamas. There will be two sessions. The first begins at 9:00am and lasts until lunch. The second starts at 2pm and continues until about 5pm.
 
You can access the Live Streaming on our website:  Hevajrapuja.sakya.org
 
We will also be streaming other pujas in the upcoming weeks. We will announce these events soon.
 
 

Live Streaming: Ceremony for H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya

A message from H.E. Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche:
 
His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya completed his Thukdam meditation earlier today. All members and friends are welcome to come pay respects to his Ku-dung (Holy Body) tomorrow morning (Friday, May 6) at Sakya Monastery.
 
The ceremony will be presided over by His Holiness Sakya Trizin and begins at 11:00 am. We ask that you arrive early at 10:00 am as we are going to gather outside to welcome the arrival of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche's Ku-dung to the Monastery. If you can, please bring an offering such as a kata, incense, or flowers.
The 11:00 ceremony will be a Vajrayogini puja which anyone can attend.
 
For those members and friends who are unable to attend in person we will be Live Streaming the event on our website:  HHJDS-Kudung.sakya.org

Thank you all for your heartfelt prayers and dedications!

-Avikrita Vajra

His Eminence Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche is coming to Seattle!

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His Eminence Avikrita Sakya Rinpoche arrives in Seattle on January 21. He is a Lineage-holder in the Sakya-Khon lineage that extends back for over 1,000 years. He is fluent in Tibetan as well as in English and, in the future, will become a Sakya Trizin (the throne holder of the Sakya tradition).

Currently, H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche is on a teaching tour that includes Hong Kong, London, and Seattle. Details and photos about his activities in Hong Kong can be found below. H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche will bestow a White Parasol Goddess Initiation at Sakya Monastery on January 24. Please register online or with our office for this event: White Parasol Goddess Initiation

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His Eminence Asanga Sakya Rinpoche is coming to Seattle!

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His Eminence Asanga Rinpoche arrives in Seattle on Wednesday, January 27 at 11:50 am on Lufthansa flight 490. Please join us at the airport to welcome him back to Seattle!

While in Seattle, H.E. Asanga Rinpoche will bestow a Amitayus-Hayagriva Tangtong Gyalpo Initiation at Sakya Monastery on February 14. His Eminence is a grandson of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and a Lineage-holder in the Sakya-Khon lineage that extends back for over 1,000 years. Please register online or with our office for this event: Amitayus-Hayagriva Initiation

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