Dharma Event: Chu Tsa (Water Tsa-tsas)

Led by: H.E. Dagmo Kusho and Ven. Khen Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, October 4th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Carkeek Park
Suggested contribution: Free, donations accepted
Prerequisite: None

Tsa-tsa are small clay statues of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas formed in molds. Chu Tsa are tsa-tsas done with water instead of clay. Participants will fill the tsa-tsa molds with water at the beach and the small creek while chanting prayers. Traditionally, these statues have many benefits. For this project, the tsa-tsa are for world peace, the long-life of H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho and other masters, for accumulating merit for yourself and for the benefit of all beings in water. Making these water tsatsas brings benefit to all beings.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya 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. Dagmola is married to H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmola specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

Ven. Khen 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.

4th Week Memorial Service for Ani Chime


Following the Thursday Chenrezi prayers on September 3rd, H.E. Dagmo Kusho will sponsor a short Memorial Service in memory of her beloved aunt Ani Chime.  There will also be a second short service on September 24th at 7:30 pm. 

The regular Chenrezi prayers will be followed Aspiration of Samantabhadra Prayers and then the Memorial.  All are welcome. 

7th Week Memorial Service for Ani Chime and Jamyang Lharmo


Following the Thursday Chenrezi prayers on September 24th, there will be a a short Memorial Service in memory H.E. Dagmo Kusho's beloved aunt Ani Chime and Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche's mother Jamyang Lharmo. This will mark the 49th day since their passing.

The regular Chenrezi prayers will be followed Aspiration of Samantabhadra Prayers and then the Memorial.  All are welcome. 

Dharma Lecture: Ngorpa and Tsarpa Schools of the Sakya Tradition

Lecturer: Lama Migmar
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Date: TBD, will be rescheduled
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: None

In this lecture, Lama Migmar will discuss about the Ngorpa and Tsarpa Traditions of the Sakya School. These sects have similar practices and lineages.

Venerable Lama Migmar was born in Kham (eastern Tibet) and studied Dharma at Kyegu Monastery, the largest and oldest Sakya monastery in the Kham region. He trained extensively in both sculpture and painting, and completed many deity retreats. He was the primary disciple of his master Lobsang Thugje from 1987 to 1993; his master created the statues in His Holiness the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala. Lama Migmar's work is featured in Kagyu, Nyingma, and Sakya monasteries throughout Kham; one monastery contains over 100 of his Shitro deity statues. He has lived in India, Nepal and Malaysia, and created extensive artwork in those locations. He came to Sakya Monastery in 2007, and is Sakya Monastery's resident artist. He has recently completed a thangka of the Sakya Lamdre lineage. Currently he is working on other Buddhist paintings and can be commissioned to create thangkas, statues, and deity masks for Buddhist practitioners.

Rigdzin Tingkhye was born in Tibet and has many years of translation experience for senior Tibetan Buddhist lamas and geshes. His well-rooted experience in the east and west, fluency in both languages and their nuances, makes him an accomplished contemporary interpreter with humor. Living in the United States over the past twenty-five years, Rigdzin has sustained his passion for philosophy and everyday loving-kindness through his work as a language teacher, private chef, business owner, and interpreter for distinguished lamas, astrologers and political activists. He follows in the path of his ancestors, yogis of Tash

Movies with Meaning: Brilliant Moon

Saturday, September 19
Time: 7:00 pm
Free, donations accepted

Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, chronicles the life of the writer, poet, and meditation master, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers. Known as the instructor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan, his life and teachings were an inspiration to all who encountered him. Two of his admirers are Richard Gere and Lou Reed, who provide the narration for his dangerous journey out of China and the subsequent spread of his influence around the world. Event organized by Marilyn Harris and Seline Albee.


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