Lecture Audio

2015 Losar Message from H.E. Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

On Thursday, February 19, H.E. Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche gave a Losar (Tibetan New Year) message in both English and Tibetan. Listen and enjoy!


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Length: 14:15

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Length: 9:01

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His Eminence Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche was born into the illustrious Khön dynasty’s Sakya Phuntsog 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 forebears. Since that time, he has received an uninterrupted stream of teachings and transmissions from his grand father, HH Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, as well as many high Lamas of the Sakya lineage.

Having mastered all the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, as well as completing intensive meditation retreats and presiding as Vajra Master of the annual Vajrakilaya ceremonies 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 Buddhadharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition. We are very fortunate that His Eminence is taking time out from his studies in India to share his wisdom with us directly into English here in Seattle.

Training the Mind

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Training the Mind

By Ken Hockett
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Length: 1:45:23

The purpose of mind training (lojong) is to develop bodhicitta, the mind intent on attaining Buddhahood for the benefit of others. Without bodhicitta, Buddhahood is not possible and, for those intent on following the Bodhisattva path, the practice of training the mind is essential. The Eight Verses of Mind Training of Langri Tangpa are a very approachable set of aphorisms in verse form which contain the essentials of mind training. This practice-oriented class will be based on the Eight Verses and the Four immeasurable qualities together with the central practice of Tonglen as part of daily mind training practice. There will be a brief introduction to mind training and we will discuss the Eight Verses and their meaning with primary emphasis on the practice of Tonglen. We will discuss a daily framework within which to provide personal continuity to this most essential practice.

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 principle 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.

Belief and Motivation

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Belief and Motivation

By Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Length: 1:54:21

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Belief and correct motivation are two tremendously important things to cultivate. Belief, faith and absolute conviction in the Lama and in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) are essential for any attainments. Having the correct motivation is an absolute necessity. In this class, Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will give us insight on these important topics.

Khenpo Jampa Tenphel Rinpoche comes to us 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 Abbot 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 serves as the librarian for the growing collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. 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.

Translator Rigdzin Tingkhye was born in Tibet and has many years of translation experience for senior Tibetan Buddhist lamas and geshes. He acts as translator for many lamas.

Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

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Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

By Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen
Tuesday, November 17, 2008
Length: 1:53:58

Tibetan Medicine is one of the most ancient practices of healing known to humanity, dating back 4,000 years. Until quite recently this ancient wisdom was practiced throughout Tibet virtually without change, its knowledge handed down through generations of lay and monastic doctors. Today, carried with the Tibetan diaspora, practices of this ancient healing wisdom are being offered in the West as an alternative to mainstream health practices.
This lecture will introduce insights of healing principles and the health practice of Tibetan Medicine as applied to illnesses, diagnosis, and treatments. These concepts will be introduced from a historical background to cultural aspect to demonstrate the uniqueness of medical system as an ancient wisdom, but modern science. The lecture will provide useful information to stay healthy using basic methods in diet and behavioral practice in daily life.

Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen is one of a new generation of outstanding Tibetan medical doctors.  Having spent his life gaining expertise in both Tibetan Buddhist studies and Tibetan medicine, Dr. Gyaltsen's proficiency in clinical treatment (specializing in digestive disorders), his many public teachings and scholarly writings on the approaches of Tibetan medicine, combined with 25 years of training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, offer exceptional and rare knowledge in ways to keep the body, mind, and spirit healthy.

Teachings of Guru Rinpoche's Peaceful and Wrathful Emanations

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Teachings of Guru Rinpoche's Peaceful and Wrathful Emanations

By Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Length: 1:33:27

Guru Rinpoche (or Guru Padmasambhava) is the most important Guru in Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetans believe that he is the 2nd Buddha. He is considered to have 8 manifestations and some of them appear together with their consort or alone like other Tantric Deities. In this class you will learn about the story of Guru Rinpoche and his manifestations, the teachings they gave, and how to practice in your daily life.

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.  His most recent work entitled “A Modern Liberation Odyssey - An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama”, will be published soon. 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. He is now working on producing a documentary on His Holiness Jidgal Dagchen Rinpoche’s life.

 

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