Dharma Lecture: Instruction on the Padmasambhava Tso Kor Practice

Sunday, October 9 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members
Requirement: Must have received the Padmasambhava Initiation.

This teaching will guide the practitioners in the ritual offerings and meditations of the Guru Rinpoche Tso Kor (feast assembly) puja which is practiced monthly at Sakya Monastery. He will also give us insight into the character and heart of Guru Rinpoche.

Ven Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama's Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche. He received teachings from twenty-five masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tulku Yeshi has written eight books, seven of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture including A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle and is working on his own biography, Magic and Monk.

Padmasambhava and Shitro Initiation

Sunday, October 9 at 10:00 AM
Location: Shrine Room
Registration Fee: $30 Public, $25 Members

Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is the Indian yogi who came to Tibet to establish and spread the teachings of Tantric Buddhism. He subdued demons and performed many miracles in Tibet. He is considered by Tibetans to be a Second Buddha. The Padmasambhava Initiation includes a tsog offering. It is appropriate to bring offerings such as fruit, baked goods, meat, amrita (beer), flowers, and monetary offerings.

Please note that there will be a teaching on the Padmasambhava Tso Kor practice at 1:30PM.

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, Head Lama of Sakya Monastery, was born in Tibet in 1929. He continues the great Sakya lineage which began with Khon Konchok Gyalpo (1034—1102). He received teachings of the unbroken Khon lineage, the Sakya Vajrakilaya, the Hevajra and the complete Lamdre Tsogshe, from his father, H.H. Trichen Ngawang Thutop Wangchuk, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö and Dingo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.

In 1960, H.H. J.D. Sakya was invited to work on a University of WA research project on Tibetan civilization which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. At the request of students, he co-founded with H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche the Sakya Tegchen Choling, a center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. In 1984, the center became the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

Neighborhood Tea

Saturday, September 24 at 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Tibetan Cultural Hall (please enter side door on 1st Ave NW)
Open to the public
Suggested Contribution: Free/Donations Accepted

Join Sakya Monastery for an afternoon of complimentary tea and light refreshments served in the Tibetan Cultural Hall.  Enjoy an opportunity to learn more about the monastery and Tibetan Buddhism and engage in friendly conversation in a relaxed informal environment.  There will be a free tour of the monastery, including it's beautiful, traditional Shrine Room with paintings, statues, mandalas, and triple life sized golden Buddha statue.

We hope that you can attend!

Special Lectures: Vipassana Medition (in three parts)

Wednesdays: Sept. 14th, 21st, and 28th
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: Venerable Lekshay Sangpo
Location: Shrine Room
Cost per class: $15 Public, $12 Members

This is a Vipassana class for beginners and current practitioners. There will be instructions and a short talk before meditating. Questions and discussion will follow.
In Vipassana, the object of meditation is within oneself: it is the breath. With daily meditation (sits), one gradually is more and more in the moment. There is no space for thoughts to arise if one has single pointed focus on one's breath.

Being so perfectly in the moment (the breath) a new peacefulness and joy arises. This state can be helpful on the journey of understanding emptiness.

Ven. Lekshay recommends reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki, available in the Dharma Shop. Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and bring two or three extra pairs of big bulky socks.

Dharma Lecture: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, pt 7

Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Jampa
Sunday, September 25 at 1:30
Location: Shrine Room
Cost per class: $25 Public, $20 Members

Venerable Khenpo Jampa continues teaching on this important Mahayana text that covers 10 topics such as Refuge, Bodhicitta, the 5 paths and the 10 stages of enlightenment. The classes in this course are designed to build on each other, however, all are welcome to attend, even if prior classes have not been attended.

Class 7: Twelve Links of Dependent Arising
This discourse reflects on how we take rebirth again and again in Samsara under the influence of ignorance through the twelve links. In the courtyard of many of Buddhist monasteries, there are depictions of the twelve links in frescoes. This is also depicted in the Sakya Monastery shrine room.

Venerable Khenpo Jampa Tenphel comes to us from Dzongsar Institute in India, where he was the library director as well as a tutor for many years. He received a Degree of Acharya (equivalent to an M.A.) in Buddhist Philosophy in 2002 and was ordained as an Abbott in 2004. He has received many teachings and initiations from all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma). Many of those teachings and initiations were from H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He has also received the Lamdre teaching from H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. His root lamas are H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Luding Khen Rinpoche, and H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. At Sakya Monastery, Khenpo Jampa teaches intermediate and advanced level curriculum on Buddhist philosophy and also serves as the librarian for the growing collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.


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