Guru Rinpoche Initiation

By: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, October 15th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members
Prerequisite: None, please bring a tsok offering*

To register online, please visit: http://conta.cc/2x7Rtml

Guru Rinpoche is the Indian yogi who came to Tibet to spread the teachings of the Buddha. He subdued demons and performed many miracles in Tibet. He is considered a Second Buddha.

*The Guru Rinpoche Initiation includes a tsok (food) offering. It is appropriate to bring to the initiation tsok items such as fruit, baked goods, meat or amrita (beer). It is also beneficial to bring flowers and/or a monetary offering.

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 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 president of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America.

Special Lecture: Empowerment - What's it all about?

By Stephanie Prince
Wednesday, October 11th
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Class fee: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members

In order to practice deity yoga in Vajrayana Buddhism, one has to receive an empowerment, oral transmission, and instructions from qualified spiritual teachers. This session will focus on understanding the different types and aspects of empowerment. We will review what happens during an empowerment ceremony and talk about the meaning of initiation and its significance in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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.

Special Lectures: The Practice of Mind Training

Lecturer: Ken Hockett
Tuesday and Wednesday: October 3rd and 4th
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members
Prerequisite: None

Text:  The Eight Verses of Mind Training of Kadam Geshé Langri Tangpa

The aim of Buddhist practice is to attain perfect enlightenment, Buddhahood. 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. In this context, there is Ultimate Bodhicitta arising from the experience of Emptiness through Shamatha and Special Insight Meditation and Relative Bodhicitta which is Compassion developed through practicing Sending and Taking (Tonglen).

In this class we will use the Eight Verses of Mind Training of Kadam Geshé Langri Tangpa which are a very approachable set of verses which contain all the essential principles of Mind Training. This will be a practice-oriented study of the Eight Verses and the practice of Tonglen as central components of Mind Training Practice. There will be a brief introduction to Mind Training and the Eight Verses and we will discuss their meaning with emphasis on the practice of Tonglen and Calm-Abiding/Insight Meditation as components of Lojong. We will use a daily practice 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 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.

Sharing the Dharma

by H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Sunday, October 1st
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
All are welcome

Sharing the Dharma Continues!

We are pleased to announce a very special series of teachings with Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho (Dagmola) Sakya. Dagmola has had many roles throughout her lifetime:  wife of our founding Lama, His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang, mother, grandmother, and as one of the few female Buddhist lamas she is considered a spiritual mother by students all over the world.
     
Through the eyes and special insight of this amazing spiritual teacher, we have a rare opportunity to hear about the teachings of the Lord Buddha: stories of faraway places, Tibetan culture, spiritual masters and much, much more.

Join us on the first Sunday of each month from 11:00 - 11:30 AM, directly after Chenrezi practice, for the continuation of Sharing the Dharma.

These teachings will also be live-streamed at our website: http://dagmokusho.sakya.org

October 1st: Buddhist Etiquette
How to be mindful in and around the Monastery, and when interacting with the Lamas. Showing respect to the teachers, and for the spiritual surroundings, Dharma materials, etc. is beneficial to one’s own practice. Dagmola will explain to us how and why.

November 5th: The Twelve Deeds of Lord Buddha
This text is recited every Sunday during the Chenrezi practice. In this talk, Dagmola will explain the meaning of the Twelve Deeds and the significance of including them in our Sunday practice.  

December 3rd: Sachen Kunga Nyingpo
The first of the five great masters who founded the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Join us to find out more about this spiritual master whose statue you see in the shrine room of the Monastery. Dagmola will share with us the details of his life, his accomplishments and his very special contributions to the teachings of the Sakya tradition.

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.

Sharing the Dharma

by H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Sunday, November 5th
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
All are welcome

Sharing the Dharma Continues!

We are pleased to announce a very special series of teachings with Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho (Dagmola) Sakya. Dagmola has had many roles throughout her lifetime:  wife of our founding Lama, His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang, mother, grandmother, and as one of the few female Buddhist lamas she is considered a spiritual mother by students all over the world.
     
Through the eyes and special insight of this amazing spiritual teacher, we have a rare opportunity to hear about the teachings of the Lord Buddha: stories of faraway places, Tibetan culture, spiritual masters and much, much more.

Join us on the first Sunday of each month from 11:00 - 11:30 AM, directly after Chenrezi practice, for the continuation of Sharing the Dharma.

These teachings will also be live-streamed at our website: http://dagmokusho.sakya.org

November 5th: The Twelve Deeds of Lord Buddha
This text is recited every Sunday during the Chenrezi practice. In this talk, Dagmola will explain the meaning of the Twelve Deeds and the significance of including them in our Sunday practice.  

December 3rd: Sachen Kunga Nyingpo
The first of the five great masters who founded the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Join us to find out more about this spiritual master whose statue you see in the shrine room of the Monastery. Dagmola will share with us the details of his life, his accomplishments and his very special contributions to the teachings of the Sakya tradition.

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.

 

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