Vajrasattva Initiation

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

The practice of Vajrasattva (Dorje Sempa) is for the purification of one’s karma created through the body, speech, and mind. The practice purifies and mends broken commitments, especially the Vajrayana vows.

NOTE: One should bathe the morning of the initiation and one should wear new or clean clothes. In addition, one should be vegetarian (no eggs, meat, alcohol, or garlic) and celibate the day of and 24 hours afterwards.
Additionally, there will be a dharma lecture on the “Vajrasattva practice in Ngondro” taught by Venerable Tulku Yeshi Gyatso at 1:30 pm on the same day. You must have received a Vajrasattva Initiation order to attend the class.
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.

2011 Camping Trip

Greetings Fellow Sakya Monastery Sangha Campers!!!


When: August 26-29, Friday to Monday

Where: Gold Basin campground near Granite Falls

Let’s go camping!  Join Dagchen Rinpoche, Dagmola, the monks and our great sangha for a weekend campout in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.  Hike, meditate by the river, share food together, and relax in the peaceful scenic beauty.

Last year we had a great time, and we have reserved the same camping space for this year. It's at Gold Basin in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls the weekend of August 26th through the 29th. Check out these links for last year's photos and for details on the campground:

- NW Dharma News:

- US Gov’t:


This particular location is simply ideal as it has direct access for H. H. Dagchen Rinpoche, hiking trails aplenty, much room for tents (both main area and adjacent sites) as well as a river. Facilities (including showers) are easy walking distance. Oh, the natural splendors to be enjoyed!

In order to be more kind to the environment, we ask that folks bring their own washable accessories for meals such as plates, utensils, napkins, and dish towels. We want to do a better job this year of minimizing our impact on the environment for the benefit of all sentient beings.

As in the past, we ask people to sign up if they want to enjoy the communal meals. This year the sign-up sheet will include a menu.  The goal of the sign-up sheet is to utilize the practical wisdom of the adage, "Many hands make light work." These sign-up sheets will be circulated following Chenrezi service.

LET'S GO CAMPING!!!!  See you there!


WHERE: Gold Basin Campground - SITE A

WHEN: The site is reserved from 2:00 pm, Friday, August 26th until 1:00 pm, Monday, August 29th.

WHO: All Sakya Monastery members, friends and their families

HOW: Please RSVP by August 14th as to how many people in your family are attending, by contacting the Monastery office at

To participate in shared meals please provide the following payment with your RSVP, $10/day for adults and children over the age of 10. Children under the age of 10 are free.

DIRECTIONS: From Seattle, Washington, go north on I-5 to Everett. Take exit 194 onto Hwy 2. Head north at Hwy 204 toward Lake Stevens. Turn north on Hwy 9. Turn east on Hwy 92 to Granite Falls. The campground is located 13.5 miles east of Granite Falls.

HH Sakya Trizin: Mahakala Initiation

Sunday, August 15
Offered By H.H. Sakya Trizin
Doors Open at 6:15 pm
Initiation begins at 7:00 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery shrine room

Sorry, but the Mahakala Initiation is full. No tickets are left for sale.

After receiving the Mahakala initiation, one should commit to do the Mahakala practice in one or more of the following ways:

- Recite the short (5 minute) Mahakala Practice at least twice a month, on the 14th and 29th day of each Tibetan lunar month
- Join the regular one hour monthly Mahakala puja/religious service at Sakya Monastery on the 29th day of each Tibetan lunar month
- Complete a Vajrapani retreat to enable one to do the Mahakala puja/religious service at home.

HH Sakya Trizin: Chenrezi Empowerment in the King's Tradtion

Sunday, August 14
Offered By H.H. Sakya Trizin
Doors Open at 1:00 pm
Empowerment - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Center for Spiritual Living, 5801 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105-2147

Registration Fees: Adults $50, Seniors (65+) $45 each (Use discount code: SENIOR), Children (Ages 3 - 14) $15 each (Use discount code: CHILD), Monastics: Free (register by contacting the Monastery).

Please register by going to

Note: It is beneficial to be vegetarian the day of the Empowerment, but it is not strictly required.

This Chenrezi Empowerment has the distinction of being the first Buddhist empowerment ever bestowed in Tibet. The Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, who is credited with bringing Buddhism to the Tibetan people, first gave this empowerment in the 7th century. In Tibetan Buddhism, Chenrezi is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Chenrezi is the most popular of all Buddhist deities, except for Buddha himself, and is beloved throughout the Buddhist world. He is known by different names in different lands: as Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit language of India, as Kuan-yin in China, and as Kannon in Japan.

The Chenrezi meditation is practiced in all the great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. King Songtsen Gampo was believed to be an emanation of Chenrezi, as are some of the most respected meditation masters (lamas), like His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Receiving the Chenrezi Empowerment is a blessing and offers special benefits to those who attend, to those who recite the Chenrezi mantra (Om Mani Padme Hung ), and to those who do a daily Chenrezi spiritual practice.

Chenrezi can be viewed as an archetypal spiritual being who is the complete manifestation of loving kindness and compassion. When we imagine what it would be like to be Chenrezi, completely loving, kind and compassionate, we increase the love, kindness and compassion in our lives and experience the wisdom that leads to becoming an enlightened being.

Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, due to limited seating. If space allows, tickets will be available at the door.

Special Class: How to Make Tibetan Momos

Saturday, August 6th at 3:00 pm
Instructor: Rigdzin Tinghye
Location: Cultural Hall/Kitchen
Cost: $25 (includes cost of food)
Pre-payment required—contact
Class size: 15 (Class is subject to cancellation if enrollment size is not reached.)

Learn how to make momo dumplings! This is a great opportunity to learn how to make this traditional Tibetan delicacy.

Rigdzin Tingkhye was born in Tibet and has many years of translation experience for senior Tibetan Buddhist lamas and geshes. He acts as translator for many lamas.


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