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.

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!



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!

HE Avikrita Rinpoche

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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Sakya Monastery Recordings

Sakya Monastery is pleased to make many recorded lectures and services available to the public. We hope that you enjoy them all!


Chenrezi Services

Most every Sunday morning, Sakya Monastery holds a Chenrezi service. These services are recorded and then made available online for the benefit of everyone, especially those practitioners and supporters who are unable to attend in person.


Lectures and Teachings

Sakya Monastery is blessed to have several distinguished lamas, monks, and teachers give lectures and classes at the Monastery. We are honored to make many of them available online.

Speaker's Bureau


Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism has compiled a Speakers Bureau to educate groups and organizations about Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Any organization or group wishing to have a speaker should contact Adrienne Chan at Sakya Monastery to discuss the best speaker, the lecture topic and speaking logistics in advance. An honorarium of is recommended.

For more information or to arrange for a speaker, contact Adrienne Chan, Co-Executive Director of Sakya Monastery via email at monastery@sakya.org 

H. E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya

H. E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya, known by her friends as Dagmola, was born in eastern Tibet and is the Acting Head Lama of Sakya Monastery. She was married to our Founding Lama, H. H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang. In 1959, Dagmola and Dagchen Rinpoche were forced to flee to India and in 1960 they moved to Seattle.  Dagmola is one of the few women Tibetan Buddhist Lamas in the world.  Co-author of the book, Princess in the Land of Snows (http://tinyurl.com/2by4243), Dagmola regularly bestows empowerments and teaches at Sakya Monastery. She has founded the Mother Tara Center/Tara Ling in San Gabriel, California and established centers in Kona, Hawaii; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Mexico City. 

Lecture Topics

  • What Americans Could Learn from Tibetan Culture
  • Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
  • Folk Tales of Tibet
  • Customs of Tibet
  • Life of a woman and mother in traditional Tibet


Ven. Khenpo Jampa Tenphel

Ven. Khenpo Jampa Tenphel comes to Sakya Monastery from Dzongsar Institute in India, where he was the library director as well as a tutor for many years. He received a Degree of Acharya (equivalent to an M.A.) in Buddhist Philosophy in 2002 and was ordained as an Abbott in 2004. He has received many teachings and initiations from all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma). Many of those teachings and initiations were from H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He has also received the Lamdre teaching from H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. His root lamas are H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Luding Khen Rinpoche, and H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. At Sakya Monastery, Khenpo Jampa teaches intermediate and advanced level curriculum on Buddhist philosophy and also serve as the librarian for the growing collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

Lecture Topics

  • How Tibetan Buddhist Can Help End the Cycle of Anger
  • The Definition of Buddhism
  • Keeping the Mind Clear in Difficult Situations
  • The Selflessness of Tibetan Buddhism


Ven. Lama Kelsang

Ven. Lama Kelsang was born in 1980 in India. In his early twenties, he entered Sakya College in Dehradhun, India where he took monastic vows. There, he studied Buddhist philosophy for about five years. During these years, he also received empowerments and teachings from H.H Dalai Lama, H.H Sakya Trichen Rinpoche, H.E Luding Khen Rinpoche, H.E Thartse Khenpo, and Khenchen Kunga Wangchok. He next went to Nepal's Tharlam Monastery and completed a Manjushri retreat for three months. He received the Lamdre from H.H. Jidgal Dachen Dorjechang Sakya in 2007. He was appointed as a Chinese language tutor to H.E Asanga Rinpoche, a position he held from 2008 until 2012. After 2012 he was on a three year retreat. He has completed five times the requisite one-hundred thousand accumulations for the preliminary practices (ngondro) and has also completed the preliminary and main practice of Luminous Great Perfection, and the ritual practices of the Longchen Nyingtik tradition.

Lecture Topics

  • Calm-Abiding Meditation


Chuck Pettis

Chuck Pettis is Co-executive Director of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Chuck assists in the operations and administration of Sakya Monastery as well as teaching Sakya Monastery’s Orientation class and Vajrayana meditations.

Chuck Pettis, author of TechnoBrands, is President of BrandSolutions, Inc. (www.brand-solutions.com), a leading brand consulting firm. Chuck is also founder of Earth Sanctuary (www.earthsanctuary.org), a nature reserve, sculpture garden, and retreat center on Whidbey Island, near Seattle. Earth Sanctuary is home to the Tara Meditation Center, Sakya Monastery’s retreat center. Author of Secrets of Sacred Space, Chuck has built a sculpture garden of sacred spaces at Earth Sanctuary, including the world’s tallest stone circle, a labyrinth, a Buddhist stupa, Native American Medicine Wheels and minimalistic sculptures.

Chuck Pettis has a BA in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MS in design from Southern Illinois University.

Lecture Topics

  • Calm Your Mind in 60 Seconds: Learn eleven 60-second meditations you can use to relax anywhere!
  • Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
  • Secrets of Sacred Space
  • Earth Sanctuary’s 500-year Plan to Create an Old-growth Forest


Jeffrey Schoening

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.

Lecture Topics

  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Indo-Tibetan Buddhism


Murray Gordon

Murray Gordon has previously served Sakya Monastery as the director of Virupa Educational Institute, its educational branch. Currently he continues to teach for VEI, coordinates the Sunday Chenrezi Omzes, darshan tour guides, and translators, as well as lead monastery tours, and speak to outside organization. He was a student of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang beginning in 1986. Murray is also a published poet and spoken word performer.

Lecture Topics

  • Wheel of Life
  • Buddhism in Daily Life
  • Tour of Sakya Monastery
  • Refuge
  • Meditation for Beginners
  • Karma and Rebirth for Beginners


Ken Hockett

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 15 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 produces many of the practice texts used at Sakya Monastery.



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