Aspiration of Samantabhadra: Transmission and Lecture

Offered by His Eminence Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Monday, June 27th at 10 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members


You can register online for this event at: http://www.regonline.com/dzongsarrinpoche

We are extremely fortunate to have His Eminence Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche give the oral transmission (rLung) of the Aspiration of Samantabhadra prayer and a teaching on the meaning and significance of this important prayer. He is recognized as the main incarnation of the great Buddhist master Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Chokyi Lodro, who was one of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche’s root lamas. H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is also considered to be the emanation of Manjushri. He is the head of Dzongsar Monastery in Tibet, Bhutan, and India, Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute in India, and the Khyentse Foundation. He has authored many Dharma books, including What Makes You Not a Buddhist (Shambhala 2007).

Dharma Lecture: 50 Verses of Guru Yoga

Sunday, September 18 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

This class focuses on the Fifty Verses of Guru Yoga by Lopon Pawo, the great disciple of Nagarjuna and Arya Deva. After you receive teachings from your Vajrayana guru, you the disciple have to respect your guru and keep the sacred vow between teacher and student. When you become a practitioner of Vajrayana, you must learn and study about pure vision. This teaching is part of how to generate or improve your Vajrayana realizations, which is dependent on how much you respect your Vajrayana guru and the teachings. This text talks about respecting physical activities. This teaching has two parts, discussing the qualities of Vajrayana gurus and how to respect your Vajrayana gurus.

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.

Saka Dawa Retreat

Wednesday, June 15
RSVP by June 10th by emailing monastery@sakya.org
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

All participants should plan to be vegetarian for the entire day, regardless of whether vows have been taken or not.

The fourth month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar is called “Saka Dawa.” “Dawa” means “month” in Tibetan. Of the 28 major stars tracked in Tibetan astrology, “Saka” is the name of the star which is closest to the earth and thus most prominent at that time.

Saka Dawa is the special month in which the Buddha’s conception, birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana all occur. In particular, the full moon day, or 15th day, of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism. It is the day of the Buddha’s Conception, Enlightenment, and parting into Nirvana. It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this specific day. The merit generated from these virtuous activities increases 100,000-fold on this day in Saka Dawa. This year, that day comes on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

On that auspicious occasion and for the benefit of all sentient beings and world peace, H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya will lead a One-Thousand Armed Chenrezi Prayer service at Sakya Monastery. Students can participate in the prayer service for as long as they wish between 9 am and 4 pm.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya is one of the teachers at Sakya Monastery and wife of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, the Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmo Kusho specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world. She has received extensive teachings and empowerments from many great lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism throughout her lifetime.

For additional information, including the schedule for the day, please download the Saka Dawa Flyer (link below).

Special Class: How to Setup a Home Shrine

Saturday: June 11
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Contribution: $15 public, $12 members

When you begin to practice Tibetan Buddhism spiritual practices, you may want to set up a shrine and maintain it in your home as your special sacred space for meditation. In this class, you will learn the purpose and benefits of a shrine and how to set-up your shrine. You will learn the purpose and types of daily shrine offerings, the meaning and significance of the Eight Offerings, and how to remove daily & old offerings and clean up the shrine for the night.

Tashi Paljor began studying with H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche in 1977 and in his attempt to understand the teachings of the Buddha, has joined Rinpoche in Pilgrimage in 2003 and Lamdre in 2007. He has taken teachings from many of the great Lamas of the 20th Century and has been practicing Buddhism since 1972.

Bodhisattva Vows

By Venerable Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Thursday, June 9th at 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Prerequisites: Refuge required

The Bodhisattva Vow is instrumental in entering the Mahayana and cultivating Bodhicitta. Venerable Tulku Yeshi will be bestowing the Bodhisattva Vow to those interested in receiving it. The vow will be taken at 7 pm, one hour before we celebrate Lord Buddha’s Birthday. This particular month is Saka Dawa, whereby activities are increased 100,000 times. For those interested please see www.sakya.org/spiritualpractices/vows and review the Bodhisattva Vow. A monetary offering to the shrine and a donation to Tulku Yeshi is most appropriate for this occasion.

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.

 

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