The Significance of Aspiration of Samantabhadra Prayer (King of Prayers)


An edited transcription of Lama Choedak's 2012 lecture, The Significance of Aspiration of Samantabhadra Prayer (King of Prayers), is now available for download: Lama Choedak Rinpoche: The Significance of Aspiration of Samantabhadra Prayer (King of Prayers) (PDF)


Sogyal Rinpoche: The Nature of Mind

December 14th, 2015

H.E. Sogyal Rinpoche, a wonderful, self-effacing teacher held the packed Shrine Hall of Sakya Monastery with effortless grace and humor. A masterful storyteller, he kept the crowd enthralled for a couple of hours. He met H.E. Dagmo Kusho when he was five years old so the seed of connection with the Sakya family was planted early.  He was trained by H.E. Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (JKCL) and several masters. He humbly stated “I am neither learned nor realized” and “I am fortunate to have experienced compassion from many masters”. Of course, he proved the first quote to be an understatement and the second was evinced by his immense gratitude to his teachers.

As he warmed to the subject of his talk, Sogyal Rinpoche entertained and instructed us with his pithy aphorisms:
•    “Keep the elephant at home, look for footprints in the forest”
•    “Don’t talk, show me your presence, show me your eyes”
•    “Samasara is mind lost in stories and projections, Nirvana is the mind turned inwards”
•    “Body still, breath silent, spacious mind”
•    “Hang loose but stay present”
•    “Not outwardly looking, but inwardly seeking”
•    “Retreat, somewhere between kindergarten and a mental hospital”
•    My favorite, “Our eyes are turned in the wrong direction (meaning they look outwardly, not to the inside)”

He quoted H.E. JKCL several times throughout the evening, most importantly about meditation “Leave the mind unaltered”, a pure Dzogchen concept. After relating this quote to us he repeated the two following phrases three times each as the key to meditation:
•    “Do not alter”
•    “Do not grasp”

Sogyal Rinpoche was so gracious to his audience, during his talk, he noticed that people getting uncomfortable and asked people to stand up and stretch. He ended the evening by telling us straight out that to understand the Nature of Mind, the “secret is in the turning”. He quoted H.E. JKCL again, “Don’t be distracted, look into the nature of the mind”. We left the Shrine Hall “not outwardly looking but inwardly seeing”.

Teachers Meet to Support, Learn from Each Other at Sakya Monastery


Teachers gathered, from left: George Draffan, Guo Cheen, Bill Hirsch, Carmen Rumbaut, Khenpo Jampa Tenphel, Eve Pagano, Kilung Rinpoche, Tim Tapping, Polly Trout, Mark Winwood, Anita Feng, Steve Heck, Mark R. Jones and Ngakpa Tashi Paljor. Not pictured: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso.

On a rainy day in November, 15 teachers from various Theravada, Tibetan, Zen, and Pure Land lineages gathered at Seattle’s Sakya Monastery to get to know each other and to explore together the challenges of teaching dharma practice and leading organizations.

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Dharma Talk by H.E. Khondung Asanga Vajra Rinpoche

On Sunday, February 14, H.E. Khondung Asanga Vajra Rinpoche gave a brief talk before offering the Amitayus-Hayagriva Initiation. Listen and enjoy!

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2016 Losar Message from H.E. Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

On Tuesday, February 9, H.E. Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche gave a Losar (Tibetan New Year) message in both English and Tibetan. Watch and enjoy!

Watch the message in English:

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H.H. Sakya Trizin's Visit to Seattle (March 31 - April 4)


Because of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya's poor health, we have cancelled the Kalachakra Initiation scheduled to be given by H.H. Sakya Trizin on May 18. Instead, H.H. Sakya Trizin will be visiting Seattle earlier than planned. The current schedule for his visit is as follows:

Thursday, March 31
H.H. Sakya Trizin arrives at SeaTac Airport at 12:05 pm on Lufthansa flight #490.

Saturday, April 2
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Mahakala Puja
Lunch break: Noon - 2:00 pm

Everyone is welcome to come and bring offerings to Sakya Monastery and the lamas. People who have received the Sakya Mahakala Initiation may follow our sadhana. Those who have not received this initiation may stay and observe the Puja.

Sunday, April 3
10:00 - 11:00 AM   Dharma Talk: Chogyal Phagpa's "Advice of the Precious Jewel Garland"

To attend in person, register online by visiting: *** EVENT IS FULL, REGISTRATION IS CLOSED ***
To stream the event live for free, visit:

Monday, April 4
8:00 - 10:00 AM   Tenshug Ceremony and Long-life Prayers for H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Requested by H.H. Sakya Trizin.

10:00 AM - Noon   Tenshug Ceremony and Long-life Prayers for H.H. Sakya Trizin
Requested by Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang and Sakya Monastery.

All are welcome to attend both Tenshug ceremonies and pray for the long life of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and H.H. Sakya Trizin.


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