Torma Making Workshop

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Time: 1-3pm (Note special time)
Lama Migmar
Suggested contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members (Includes material fee)
No prerequisite.  Lama Migmar’s teaching on Buddhist offerings is recommended but not mandatory.

In this workshop, Lama Migmar will teach us how to make offering tormas.  He will explain the symbolism and significance of each part of the torma and show step by step how to make the torma. He will provide hands-on instruction on making tormas and each participant will create a torma that they can take home for their altars.  Materials will be provided.

Dharma Lecture: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, Part 5

BY SAKYA PANDITA
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.

21 Tara Initiation and Teaching

Sunday, May 22nd
By H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Initiation - 10:00 to noon
Teaching - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Suggested Contribution: Public $30, Members $25 (Initiation only)
Suggested Contribution: Public $25, Members $20 (Teaching only)
Suggested Contribution: Public $45, Members $35 (If attending both)

All participants should plan to be vegetarian for the entire day.

Many of us our familiar with Green Tara and her practice, but may not know that Tara has 21 different emanations, as described in the “Praises to the Twenty-one forms of Tara”. Dagmo Kusho will be bestowing the 21 Tara Initiation in the morning. In the afternoon, she will give a teaching describing Tara’s 21 manifestations, each with her own mantra. There will be a short practice session during the teaching.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya 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. Dagmola is married to H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmola specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

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

Dharma Lecture: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, Part 4

Sunday, April 10 at 1:30 pm (fourth class)
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Cost per class: $20 Public, $15 Members

Venerable Khenpo Jampa will be teaching a ten-class 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 in all 10 classes in recommended. Descriptions of classes 5 - 10 are forthcoming. Dates for those classes will be announced in late winter.

To register: please call the Monastery at 206.789.2573 or email monastery@sakya.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Class 1 ( January 23): Buddha Potential (Sanskrit- Tathagatagarbha)
Buddha potential is also called Buddha nature. Every sentient being possesses this potential. Therefore we can ascertain that every sentient being can achieve the state of Buddhahood through activating this potential through progressive practices.

Class 2 (February 27): Four Ways to Engage in Bodhisattva Activities
1) Providing for the needs of others
2) Effective communication in teaching the Dharma
3) Setting a good example and avoiding hypocrisy (Do what you say and say what you do)
4) Engaging in the welfare of sentient beings (Encouraging others to practice)

Class 3 (March 27): The Five Paths and Ten Grounds
The five paths and the ten grounds are the manner in which the bodhisattva travels on the path. Each path and ground is a spiritual level of mental development. It is necessary on one hand to develop positive qualities while on the other hand to remove defilements and afflictive emotions. The completion of these things occurs at the level of the Tenth Ground which is recognized as the Buddha Ground.

Class 4 (April 10): Buddhahood
This teaching will cover a description of the qualities of a Buddha’s body, speech and mind. In particular, different level or types of Buddha's body will be discussed.

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: How Can We Find Our Buddha Nature?

By Venerable Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Sunday, April 3rd at 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

The Buddha says that all beings, including insects, have a Buddha nature, but only a few have found their Buddha nature. How did they do this? 1) They understood that they have the Buddha nature, 2) they knew how to find it, and 3) they proceeded to find it. Why have we not found ours yet? Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will give a teaching on the three important points and inspire us to find our own Buddha nature.

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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