Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
108 NW 83rd Street Seattle, WA 98117
USA Tel: (206) 789-2573
Fax: (206) 789-3994

Sakya Monastery is located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. To get to Sakya Monastery, from Interstate 5 take the 85th Street Exit and go West. You will cross Aurora Avenue, then cross Greenwood Ave. N. At the second light after Greenwood Ave. N., make a left hand turn onto 1st Ave. NW. Go two blocks and Sakya Monastery is on your right at the intersection of 1st Ave. NW and NW 83rd St.

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Virupa Educational Institute (VEI) Classes

To download our latest catalog of VEI Classes, use the link below. Please note that the schedule of classes can change after the publication of the catalog. To confirm class dates, please check our online calendar.

VEI Catalog (PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat to view)



The Virupa Educational Institute (VEI) serves as the education branch of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, Washington. VEI was founded in 1998 by His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the Head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. VEI is a place where people learn about Tibetan Buddhism, and the specific spiritual practices of Sakya Monastery. VEI was named after Virupa, a great Indian Buddhist master who lived during the eight century.


Sakya Monastery & VEI
Tibetan Buddhist Spiritual Educational Curriculum

Dear Members and Friends:

Sakya Monastery's Spiritual Education Curriculum (SEC) has been established to provide a structured set of courses so to enable people interested in Tibetan Buddhism to gradually learn the basic teachings and spiritual practices that are at the core of Sakya Monastery and Tibetan Buddhism. In order to make the introductory SEC classes more accessible, this quarter we are offering various 100 SEC level courses from 8:30am-9:45am every Sunday before Chenrezi. The SEC Sunday courses listed in the catalog do not have to be taken in sequence. We also offer other classes, programs, and Dharma lectures through VEI.

Secondly, we are adding some 200 and 300 level courses to be taught by some of our most experienced teachers and members.

May you enjoy learning the profound teachings of Lord Buddha.


Adrienne Chan
Co-Executive Director

Chuck Pettis
Co-Executive Director

Dharma Shop

Welcome to Sakya Monastery's Dharma Shop! We've now established a small online store at Amazon. Use this link to Amazon to buy books published by Sakya Monastery.

The link below allows you to buy any other products from Amazon and still benefit the Monastery. Thank you!





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Ambassador Program

Sakya Ambassadors are Sakya Monastery members who want to help new people feel comfortable at Sakya Monastery and answer their questions. The Ambassador program was initially formed to welcome people taking Refuge at Sakya Monastery by giving them the opportunity to ask questions and meet Sakya Monastery members in a relaxed, informal environment. After the Refuge ceremony, everyone is invited to go downstairs to the Cultural Hall for tea, cookies and lively conversation. While the Ambassadors are not lamas or teachers, if needed, they can direct people to the correct person to answer their spiritual questions.

As with other functions at Sakya Monastery, this program is staffed with volunteers. Please speak with Adrienne Chan, Sakya Monastery Executive Director if you would like to volunteer and help welcome people into the Buddhist life and the Sangha at Sakya Monastery.

Programs for Children and Youth

Children and Youth are welcomed at the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.  They are an integral part of the spiritual community and are greatly cherished.  The programs for children at Sakya Monastery are created to help support families. They fill an important need that has been expressed by children, parents, and the larger community.


Sundays, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Cultural Hall
Teachers: Virginia Hassinger, Rhiannon Mayes, Karen Kopper
For children ages 5-12; No Fee ($5 donation is suggested to cover expenses for materials.)

The goal of the Children's Dharma School is to introduce and explore age-appropriate Buddhist concepts and principles, using creative and varied modalities.  Different curricula have been devised for younger and older children so that they are engaged and excited about learning.  Included are historical accounts of Shakyamuni Buddha, folktales and legends traditionally taught in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as more intensive classes for the older children on such topics as the Four Noble Truths, the Six Perfections and other Buddhist principles.  
There are exercises to help children develop meditation techniques as well as a variety of art activities.  Guest speakers are invited to give the children lectures on special topics and there are occasional field trips, as well as opportunities to learn about other spiritual traditions. Parents may leave their children with the Dharma School while they attend Sunday Chenrezi meditation, or join the children's classes as assistants or observers.

Sundays, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Library
Teacher: Teresa Lamb
For children ages 12 & up; No Fee

Teen Program Vision:
It was the wish of our late, most compassionate Head Lama H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang that the Teen group at Sakya Monastery learn how to “Be Happy, Make Happy.” Teen Dharma school (founded by Teresa Lamb and Moses Tovar) accomplishes this by studying the teachings of the Buddha and the special prayers & practices of Tibetan Buddhism and weaving them together with the latest sources of information on living a happy life, Teens create the tools to become resilient, empowered, compassionate individuals and to "Be Happy, Make Happy" while meeting the challenges of today's changing world. We also have guest speakers for special topics, and the very Special ongoing monthly Meditation and Instruction with Venerable Lekshay Sangpo.

Class framework:
-Refuge and Bodhicitta Prayers
-Meditation 10-15 minutes
-Study topic / discussion
-Optional Activity – Art, etc

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Spiritual Practices

Please consult the monthly calendar to confirm the meditation schedule.



Calm Abiding Meditation ~ Open to the Public.

Good for beginners and for developing concentration.

Friday 7:00 pm

Sixteen Arhat Puja ~ Open to the Public

For the long life of the Holy Lamas of the Sakya Khon lineage.

Sunday 8:00 am

Guru Puja Practice ~ Open to the Public.

For the swift rebirth of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang (1929 - 2016)

22nd Lunar Day

Chenrezi Meditations ~ Open to the Public.

Practice for cultivating compassion.

Sunday 10:00 am;

Thursday 7:30 pm

Green Tara Practice ~ Open to the Public

For the bestowal of numerous Blessings.

Full Moon

Ngondro Practice ~ Requires having taken Formal Refuge or Refuge from a Deity Initiation.

Removes our obscurations of body, speech, and mind to accumulate merit and wisdom.

Mon - Fri 7:00 am

Shitro Practice ~ Requires Shitro Empowerment

Prayers for the deceased.

Sunday 7:00 am

Medicine Buddha Practice ~ Requires Medicine Buddha Empowerment.

To alleviate suffering, sickness and injury.

New Moon

White Tara Practice ~ Requires White Tara Empowerment

For long life, health, protection, etc.

New Moon

White Mahakala Practice ~ Requires the White Mahakala Initiation.

Removes material and spiritual poverty and bestows wealth.

8th Lunar Day

Padmasambhava Tso Kor ~ Open to the Public

A tantric feast honoring the tantric master who made Tibet safe for Buddhism. It's appropriate to bring a food offering (fruit, meat, etc)

10th Lunar Day

Vajrayogini Practice ~ Requires a major mandala empowerment or Vajrayogini Initiation.

A highest yoga Tantra, with tantric feast.

25th Lunar Day

Mahakala Practice ~ Requires the Sakya Mahakala Empowerment

For the Dharma Protectors.

29th Lunar Day

For the memorial of Lamas, the celebration of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and first teachings please visit our website calendar at www.sakya.org/sakyacalendar.html. These Holy Day Observances are open to the public.

When you decide to follow the Buddhist path, it is appropriate to take refuge. Refuge is taken in the Buddha (the Perfect Teacher), the Dharma (His Teaching), and the Sangha (the Accomplished Followers of the Perfect Teaching). There is a formal refuge ceremony in which you receive a Dharma (religious) name. Refuge is offered quarterly. If you are interested or have questions, please contact the Monastery office at monastery@sakya.org or 206-789-2573.

In general, when you decide to do a tantric practice (a tantric practice is one in which meditational deities are visualized), you must receive an initiation for that practice. The initiation permits you to do the practice at home and at the Monastery. Some practices have special restrictions, which are explained during the initiations. Receiving an initiation from a lama creates a special bond and commitment. For information on requesting or sponsoring an initiation, please contact the Monastery office at monastery@sakya.org or 206-789-2573.

You can download the Vajrayana Root and Branch Vows: HERE
You can download the Bodhisattva Vows: HERE

Meditation for Beginners

“The only way to relieve suffering is to understand your own mind. You do that by observing your thoughts.” - H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya

Meditation Practices for People New to Sakya Monastery

  • Calm Abiding Meditation – held on most Fridays at 7:00 pm
  • Loving-kindness and Compassion Practice, Chenrezi – held most Sundays at 10:00 am and Thursdays at 7:30 pm
  • Bestowal of Many Blessings, Green Tara – held monthly on the evening of the full moon
  • Food Offering Practice, Padmasambhava Tsok Kor – held monthly on the tenth evening of the Lunar calendar

Note: Check the Calendar (www.sakya.org/sakyacalendar.html) to confirm times and days.


Within Tibetan Buddhism, there are various levels of mindfulness techniques and practices to help us understand our minds, achieve happiness, and attain enlightenment. The best meditation for most beginners is Calm-Abiding Meditation.

Benefits of Regular Meditation

  • Peace, mindfulness, happiness, calmness
  • Becoming a kinder, more compassionate and caring person
  • Becoming a less angry and impatient person
  • Becoming the best person you can become
  • Being able to close your eyes and be completely clear, whole, with no disturbing thoughts or emotions



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