The Beauty Of Chenrezi Practice

by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

This past Saturday, we students had the fortunate opportunity to listen to a precious Dharma teaching from Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche and receive transmission on the two texts that he had explained. After a few days of unexpected summer rainstorms filled with lightning and showers, Saturday came along with radiant sun and warmth. Many students gathered to welcome Rinpoche and he began to teach the glorious Dharma; giving direction and explanation on the two Chenrezi texts used at Sakya Monastery. These two texts are entitled, “An Ocean Of Compassion” and “Filling Space To Benefit Beings”. As we began, Rinpoche shared that traditionally Tibet is called the “Land of Chenrezi” as ancient Tibet is known for being so peaceful. He then gave us an eloquent reminder of the importance of the Dharmic bridge between ourselves and our gurus. We should remember to remain thankful and appreciate this connection that we are so fortunate to have. If someone helps you to practice Dharma, we should think that this person is a good person and be thankful, respecting them. We don’t really know if this person is an emanation of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas, but this connection, the Dharma, is perfect. Don’t think that guru means someone wearing a yellow robe or sitting on a throne, those kinds of things. If someone gives teaching of perfect Dharma, that’s your Guru. This person, you can visualize on the crown of your head or in your heart, and respect this person.

If you would like to read the complete transcript, you can download it here.

Ven. Khen Rinpoche Jampa’s First Visit to Vietnam

By Tenpa Wangchuk

Ven. Khen Rinpoche Jampa, abbot of Sakya Monastery, the seat of His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche’s in North America, went to Vietnam under the direction and guidance of His Holiness to teach, bestow empowerments and also to prepare for the consecration of the Long Tho Cremation Plant as well as Sakya Tsechen Shide Choling, His Holiness’ seat in Vietnam. He said that although it was as hot as Delhi in India (over 100 degrees at midnight!), it was truly a blessing and a pleasure to serve His Holiness and to share the immaculate Sakya tradition with the people of Vietnam. The students there were very eager and enthusiastic to learn the teachings of the Secret Mantrayana and Khen Rinpoche felt a deep karmic connection with all of the people that he met. He believes that the arrival of the Sakyapa in Vietnam will be very fruitful and bring the immeasurable blessings of the Holy Dharma to many, many people for the benefit of all mother sentient beings. Mr. Tho Luu and Mrs. Dang Hong, two long-time followers of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, organized and sponsored his visit. Along with the members of the Sakya Center in Ho Chi Minh City, they meticulously provided for his every need and facilitated many opportunities for him to share the wisdom teachings of the Buddha.

On the 21st of August Khen Rinpoche gave a public teaching on the practice of Yellow Dzambala followed by a Yellow Dzambala puja and candle offering ceremony. On the 22nd he gave a teaching on the Green Tara Four Mandala practice and afterwards performed the puja with 25 members of the Ho Chi Minh City Sakya Center. He gave a public teaching on the practice of Chenrezig on the 23rd, the same practice that we engage in here in Seattle at Sakya Monastery on Thursday evenings, and led the students in the meditation afterwards. On August 24th he conducted a smoke offering puja with the Sakya Center members, making offerings to the spirits of the deceased (Sur) for the Chinese Ghost Festival, a tradition similar to the Day of the Dead in Mexico. From the 25th to the 27th he met with students privately to confer blessings and teachings, consecrate statues, perform divinations and hold private audiences. On the 28th he conducted a Chöd practice with the Sakya Center members, dedicating the merits of the practice to the countless beings that lost their lives in the violence of the Vietnam wars. Khen Rinpoche then conducted a Vajrapani fire puja on the 29th and bestowed the empowerment of Vajrapani with two arms the next day at the newly finished Nagarjuna Memorial Tower Park temple complex.

To the astonishment of all in attendance, Vajrapani’s form could be clearly seen in the shape of the flames for 10 minutes during the fire puja! Khen Rinpoche believes that this is a truly auspicious sign for the establishment of the Sakya tradition in Vietnam. All the teachings and pujas were very successful, with no obstacles. In all, he bestowed the refuge vows to 29 new students and inspired countless more to follow the teachings of the glorious Sakyapa.  We sincerely rejoice in the merit of the turning of the Dharma wheel by His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche, the Khön Dhunge Family, Ven. Khen Rinpoche Jampa and all the compassionate teachers of the three times! May it be auspicious!

To His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche, Her Emminence Dagmo Kusho, the Khön Dhunge Family, Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism and Sakya Tsechen Shide Choling, a branch of Sakya Monastery in Vietnam, Mr. Tho Luu, Mrs. Dang Hong, and the Dharma sisters and brothers of the Sakya Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Ven. Khen Rinpoche Jampa would like to express his heartfelt gratitude for the tremendous opportunity to share the Buddhadharma with new students in Vietnam! He dedicates the merit of all his practice and teachings to your long life, good fortune and freedom from obstacles.

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Tenshug Offering for H.H. Jigdal Dachen Sakya

Photos from the Tenshug offering for H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya on August 23, 2015.

The Tenshug was sponsored by

- Vairocana Abhya Jnanakara (Yeshe Jungney) Rinpoche and family, from Golo, Tibet
-The Da Ping family from Lhasa, Tibet

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Historic Visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa to Sakya Monastery

By Laura Ellis

On May 9th, 2015, Sakya Monastery had the honor of welcoming His Holiness the 17th Karmapa who, out of his great kindness, had accepted the Monastery’s invitation to bestow a Green Tara blessing for members and friends of the Monastery.

H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa first met with His Holiness Sakya Dagchen Rinpoche in a private audience.  It was the first time that the two great masters had met in person.   H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa then entered the shrine room where a devoted audience awaited his arrival.  H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa addressed the audience before bestowing the Green Tara lung (oral transmission).

Speaking in Tibetan through his translator, H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa expressed how wonderful and fortunate an opportunity it was for him to visit Sakya Monastery of Seattle and how delighted he was to meet the “great master, the Sakya Dagchen and all of his family.”  He said how happy he was to come back here the “glorious Sakya Monastery of Seattle and connect in this way with the Phuntsok Phodrang.”

H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa briefly stated the historical significance of the strong connection between the Sakyapa and Karmapa; “the dharma and personal connections between the two masters”.  He said that the 16th Karmapa had a strong relationship with Dagchen Rinpoche and Dezhung Rinpoche.  They shared the “unified spirit of their activities and spiritual bonds merging together as one.”

He again said how very joyful he was to have this opportunity to visit Sakya Monastery in person.  “It boosts my spirits to see you all.”  He expressed his profound wish that “this pure samaya we share can last from generation to generation and lifetime to lifetime.”

Then H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa acknowledged the importance that the Monastery has played in the founding of Tibetan Buddhism in the United States.  When the Sakyas first arrived in America there were not many people at all who understood Buddhism.  The founding masters of this Monastery went through many hardships to establish the Monastery.  Now the Monastery is a strong bastion of Tibetan Buddhism that can benefit many.  He said it is, “An example for us to look at and admire.  I am especially delighted to be here today.”

In conclusion, H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa once again expressed his appreciation for the activities of Sakya Dagchen Rinpoche, “Even though he is advanced in years, he is still exerting effort.”  As H.H. Karmapa Rinpoche began chanting the melodious Praises of the 21 Taras, he asked everyone to dedicate merit to the long life of His H.H. Sakya Dagchen Rinpoche and all of the Sakya family.

Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa:

   Karmapa, embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas;
   Karmapa, union of the awakened activity of all the Buddhas;
   Karmapa, empowered as regent of all the Buddhas,
   Orgyen Drodul Trinley, may your life be long.

   Composed by Bokar Rinpoche


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Ane Chime Cremation

As prayers were done at Sakya Monastery on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm for Ane Chime and Jamyang Lharmo, prayers and a cremation ceremony were being done concurrently (5:00 am, August 9, Nepali time) at Tharlam Monastery. Here are photos of that cremation ceremony.

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Welcome Speech for H.H. Karmpa Visit

by David Spiekerman

On behalf of His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya (head lama of the Phuntsok Phodrang of the 950 year old Sakya Khon lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder of the first Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in North America), I would like to extend a warm and gracious welcome to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.  On behalf of the Sakya Dhunseys, Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya, Dagchen Rinpoche’s extended family, our resident lamas, our members, and all other Dharma friends gathered here today, I would like to thank your holiness a thousand times for being here and offering the precious Green Tara blessing and teaching.

The 16th Karmapa had a close relationship with both His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and His Eminence Deshung Rinpoche, so we are deeply grateful that this beneficial legacy continues with the visit of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to Sakya Monastery.  There are several individuals here today who owe the 16th Karmapa an ocean of gratitude for planting the seeds of the Dharma in their mind streams. Those seeds happily found a fertile, holy space to ripen decades later here at Sakya.

It is my extraordinary privilege to thank His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa with their superior activities and qualities for creating the true and wholesome conditions for the Dharma to flourish. Speaking for all of us at Sakya Monastery, please return here again in the future to bless us with your Precious Dharma activities.



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