H.H.J.D. Sakya Dorje Chang Memorial: Chenrezi Drub Choe Prayers

Date: April 24th - 29th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room
April 24-28: Includes mini Tsok offering.
April 29: Honored guest Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche joins this prayer service. Also includes an elaborate Tsok offering.

This week will offer 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 alphabetical transliteration.

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

White Tara Retreat

Offered by: H.E. Dagyum Kusho Sakya
Saturday & Sunday, April 22nd - 23rd
Time: 10:00 am -12:00 pm, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room

Suggested contribution: $120 Public, $100 members
To register online, visit conta.cc/2nF2esp
Prerequisites: All participants must have received the White Tara Cintamani Cakra initiation.

HE Dagyum Kusho has graciously agreed to lead an intensive 2 day White Tara Retreat, at the request of Adrienne Chan and Gillian Teichert. This retreat is especially beneficial for those who are born in a Year of the Bird. All participants must have received the White Tara Initiation on April 22 or previously. The program will include a teaching from H.E. Dagyum Kusho on Saturday morning from 10am to noon, and continue with intensive practice for the remainder of the retreat.

Please bring a vegetarian (no meat, poultry, fish, garlic, onion, egg) dish to share for lunch on Saturday, and eat exclusively a vegetarian diet from Friday night until after practice on Sunday. Lunch will be provided by the Monastery on Sunday.

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.

White Tara Initiation

Offered by: H.E. Dagyum Kusho Sakya
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Friday, April 21st
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members, $15 Children 12 & Under
Prerequisites: One must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the initiation. One must also be celibate for that day.
To register online, visit conta.cc/2o6UuMA

White Tara, Cintamani Cakra, is a refuge for all sentient beings and can guide everyone to the island of blissful liberation. She is well known as the Giver of Life. The practice of White Tara brings long life, subdues illness, evil spirits, and negative karma, and clears away mental obscurations and obstacles in one’s life.

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.

Dagmo Chimey Sakya has over 20 years of international experience translating for venerable Buddhist masters.

Special Lecture -- To Be or Not To Be: A Buddhist

Lecturer: Stephanie Prince
Wednesday, April 12th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

This class is for people with all levels of experience with Buddhism, including those of us who are contemplating taking refuge vows and are thinking about what it means to be a Buddhist, as well as those who have already taken refuge vows and/or are longtime practitioners. In this session, we will focus on sharing (if we wish to) some of our personal stories of how and why our minds turned to the Buddha Dharma. In addition, we will review the four seals that we accept in our understanding when we characterize ourselves as Buddhists. Please bring your stories, questions, and enjoyment of the Buddha Dharma.

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.

Kunrik Puja

Saturday, April 8th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Prerequisites: One must not eat meat, eggs, or garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the puja.

This Kunrik Puja will be led by Dorje Lopon Khenpo Jampa Tenphel, with participation from Tulku Yeshi and Lama Migmar. The benefit of a Kunrik prayer service is a favorable rebirth (in the human realm for continued Dharma practice) for those who have passed away. For those who are sick, it removes obstacles. The service will include a Sur practice, which benefits those who have passed away by facilitating their passage through the bardo, purging attachment to objects, and helping them to achieve harmony with local deities, nagas, and formless spirits.

People should bring the name(s) and photo(s) of loved ones (including pets and other sentient beings) who are sick or have passed away. Those who cannot attend are welcome to submit names via email to include in these prayers.

Participants may bring food, candles, fruit, incense, or monetary offerings for the shrine. In appreciation for their prayers, a monetary offering to the lamas is in keeping with Tibetan tradition. Please be vegetarian on the day of these prayers.

If you are interested in helping to sponsor this puja, please contact our office (monastery@sakya.org or 206-789-2573).

 

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