Dharma Lecture: Mahamudra Meditation - The Practice and its Benefits

Offered By H.E. Chemed Dorje Rinpoche

Friday, July 8th at 7:30 PM

Location: Shrine Room

Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members


H.E. Chemed Dorje Rinpoche, an expert on the practice of the Mahamudra and seeing the nature of emptiness and the Buddha Mind, will teach us the initial stages of Mahamudra meditation: how to work with the experience of seeing, hearing and sensing things.


Mahamudra meditation is always done with eyes, ears and senses wide open. Through a series of short meditations, Chemed Dorje Rinpoche will let us personally experience the difference between the conventional point of view (e.g., appearance: seeing objects) and the experiential side of the seeing (emptiness: the process of the arising and engaging of the senses without being caught in the appearance).


H.E. Chemed Dorje Rinpoche was born in 1958 (Earth-dog year) in Tibet at the Tsurpu region where the monastery of the Karmapa was situated. When he was eight years old, he was formally ordained by the 16th Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim. When he was thirty-one, obtained his Degree of Acharya (equivalent to an M.A) and became the abbot of a monastery in Nepal, where he taught the Dharma.


In August 1998, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya confirmed that H.E. Chemed Dorje Rinpoche is the fifth incarnation of Sonam Yeshe of the Barom Kagyu tradition of Tsangsar Sky Monastery, and conferred upon him the name "Karma Khedup Younten Gyatso Rinpoche." Returning to Tsangsar Sky Monastery in Nangchen County, Qinghai Province, Rinpoche had enthronement ceremony of the fifth incarnation of Sonam Yeshe.

4th of July Picnic

Bring: a dish to share, family and friends!!! Let’s have fun!

WHERE: Carkeek Park, tables 27-30
950 NE Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, WA, 98177
Tel: (360)779-3205

WHEN: The site is reserved from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, July 4th, 2010

DIRECTIONS: Go to http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/CarkeekPark/directions.htm

Dharma Lecture: The Way of Sutra and Tantra

Sunday, July 31 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

If someone wants to practice Tantrayana, he or she must first learn Sutrayana. Sutra and Tantra are like the two wings of an airplane –both are necessary for flight. Someone who desires enlightenment needs to practice both. Sutra and Tantra encompass Mahayana Buddhism and teach you how to practice, how to have love and compassion for all sentient beings. With the foundation of Sutrayana, Tantrayana becomes more beneficial.

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.

Dharma Lecture: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, Part 6

Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Jampa
Sundays, May 1st and July 24th at 1:30
Location: Shrine Room
Cost per class: $25 Public, $20 Members

Venerable Khenpo Jampa will give two talks this summer as part of his ongoing series based on this important text that describes the ten stages of the Bodhisattva path up to perfect enlightenment.  This course is meant to be taken after the introductory Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism seminar. The classes in this course are designed to build on each other, so attendance at all classes in the series is recommended.

May 1: Buddhist and Non-Buddhist  (Class 5)
According to Buddhism, how do we define being a Buddhist or Non-Buddhist? In Christianity, one becomes a Christian after being baptized. How does a person become a Buddhist? Khenpo Jampa will explain this, and the three different Buddhist Schools.

July 24: Emptiness  (Class 6)
Emptiness is a profound teaching based on the Madhyamika School of Thought (The Middle Way). The view of emptiness explains that there is a contradiction between what one perceives and the reality of existence.  According to this school, one cannot release one's self from the bondage of ignorance and other afflictive emotions until one understands and realizes the inherent emptiness of phenomena.

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.

Dharma Lecture: Meditations on the Sakya View of Samara and Nirvana

Monday, August 15th at 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members

Samsara is the recurring pattern of birth, death and rebirth in which all sentient beings are trapped. Buddhist teachings are designed to teach us how to escape from this vicious cycle and attain Nirvana, the cessation of suffering. Yet, Samsara and Nirvana are not separate; they are indivisible.  How can this be?  The answer is realized through deep and regular spiritual practice. Within the Sakya tradition, the Lamdre teachings (The Three Visions and The Triple Tantra) and the daily Hevajra spiritual practice are the Path to attaining Nirvana and enlightenment (the Result), in the most efficient and effective manner.

H.H. Sakya Trizin has bestowed the Lamdre teachings numerous times. In this special Dharma talk and guided meditation session, H.H. Sakya Trizin will not only discuss the Sakya view on Samsara and Nirvana, he will also lead the group in several short meditations that will enable the attendees to experience the Lamdre teachings and meditations, first hand.


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