Green Tara Initiation

by H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Members $25, Non-Members $35
Prerequisite: One must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the initiation. One must also be celibate on that day.

As the embodiment of the Great Wisdom Mother, Green Tara is the Savior of all beings. Meditation on Green Tara is believed to be very effective in releasing beings from distressing circumstances both great and small.

Her Eminence Dagyum Kusho Sakya, also known as H.E. Dagmo Kusho, was born in Kham, Eastern Tibet. As the niece of one of the most highly realized Sakya Masters of the twentieth century, H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche III, her training in Buddhist practice began at an early age. She has received extensive teachings and empowerments from many great lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism throughout her lifetime. Dagyum Kusho is the widow of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. She is currently the Acting Head Lama of the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, WA. Dagyum Kusho specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

H.H.J.D. Sakya Dorje Chang's 2nd Memorial

Date: April 30
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room

Led by His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin.
Honored guest: Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche joins this prayer service.

Rinpoche and the Buddha 

This is an opportunity to show devotion to our guru by honoring the parinirvana of our esteemed teacher, the founder of Sakya Monastery. The Monastery has chosen the profound Chenrezi practice of loving kindness to celebrate the legacy of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and his Dharma activities, including fostering the unbroken stream of the Chenrezi practice in the West. Prayer texts will be available in both Tibetan & English transliteration.

Participants may support this event by bringing monetary or Tsok offerings, or by sponsoring a lunch; please contact the office to do so.

Dharma Lecture: 35 Buddhas

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, April 8th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members per talk
Prerequisite: None

There are many ways to purify our defilements and obscurations, some of which are derived from the Sutras and some from the Tantras. A particularly beautiful practice that originates from the Sutras is making confession to the 35 Buddhas. In Tibetan Buddhist history, many practitioners attained realization by using this short and simple, yet very profound practice.
Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will give the oral transmission, give a teaching, and lead us in practice, if time permits.

Ven. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche comes to us from the Dzongsar Insitute in North India, where he taught and served as library director for many years. He received his Degree of Acharya after nine years of study and graduated from Dzongsar University with a Ph.D. in philosophy. Following his 13 years of study, he was ordained an Abbott (Khenpo) in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. He also spent three years of silent retreat in Tibet. He has received empowerments from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and from many great masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa, and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse. He now teaches intermediate and advanced level classes on Buddhist philosophy, sutra and highest yoga tantra all over the world. He is also the founder and president of Tibetan Education Foundation, as well as the former president (2014-15) of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America. Additionally, he is the President (2017-19) of the North America Sakya Monlam World Peace Foundation.

Movie Marathon: Buddha, weekend #2

Saturday, April 28th
Time: 1:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Donations for pizza are welcome

March 24 we began a monthly DVD Movie Marathon of the show The Buddha, a 55 episode magnum opus on the life of the Buddha. We will show 6 episodes in one go, serve popcorn, and order pizza as well. The screenings will continue every fourth Saturday in 2018, through November. You don’t want to miss this!

Kalachakra Empowerment

His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2, 2018
May 1: Empowerment is from 5-8pm, and registrants can meditate quietly in the room from 2 to 4pm while His Holiness prepares.
May 2: Empowerment is from 2-8pm, and registrants can meditate quietly in the room from 10 am to noon while His Holiness prepares.
Location: Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA
  Sponsors (Front Row Reserved Seating): $350
  Sakya Monastery members: $140
  Non-Members: $200
  Ordained Sangha: Complimentary  (please register)

Registration Required:


The Kalachakra tantra belongs to the Supreme Yoga set of tantras and thus contains the most subtle instructions on the achievement of Buddhahood. This particular initiation of Kalachakra to be bestowed by His Holiness belongs to the Vajramala collection of the great master Abhayakaragupta.

The initiation of Kalachakra was first bestowed by Shakyamuni Buddha, manifesting in the deity’s form, upon King Suchandra at the stupa of Dhanyakataka in India. Subsequently the King took the tradition with him to his mystic kingdom of Shambhala, where it was preserved by a line of bodhisattva kings. It was brought back to India in the medieval period by the siddha Chilupa.

By receiving this initiation, one establishes the imprint of future rebirth in Shambhala at the time of King Rudra Kulika, whose reign will bring about the renewal of the golden age.

This two-day teaching is appropriate for followers of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. To receive the initiation, it is necessary to have taken refuge. Note that although there is no practice commitment, one has to make the commitment to maintain the three vows, i.e., the vows of individual liberation, bodhisattva and vidyadhara. Thus for Dharma practitioners, this initiation is a wonderful way of obtaining or renewing these extremely important vows through the blessing of His Holiness and Kalachakra. It is necessary to attend both days of the initiation.

His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Gongma Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche (the 42nd Sakya Trizin), is the eldest son of His Holiness Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin).  He is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of Tibetan Buddhism, renowned for his erudition and the clarity of his teachings. On March 9, 2017, the 42nd Sakya Trizin accepted the mantle of leadership from his esteemed father and root guru. As the new throne holder of the lineage, he will continue to guide and inspire Dharma students from all over the world with his wisdom, genuine qualities of unaffected simplicity, humility and complete honesty, by presenting the Buddha’s teachings in the most authentic way, while maintaining the purest of Buddhist traditions.


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