Dharma Lecture: Powa and Dream Yoga

By Venerable Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Sunday, April 17th at 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will teach a meditation that is practiced before one goes to sleep. It constitutes the first step of dream yoga and is a tradition of powa (the transference of consciousness at the time of death). Powa practice is very popular in Tibetan Buddhism. Different powa practices are related to different deities. The powa being taught comes from Sakya Pandita and focuses on Buddha Amitabha. This is the easiest one and can be practiced every night or when you take a nap. If you do so, then when you die, there is no doubt that you will be reborn in Dewachen, the pure land of Buddha Amitabha. In Tibet it is traditional for people to take this teaching numerous times in their life. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will bestow the blessing of Buddha Amitabha and then he will give the instructions on the powa practice. There will be a question and answer session after the teaching.

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.

Amitabha Powa Transmission and Teaching

Offered By H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Sunday, April 17th at 10:00 AM
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members

H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya will bestow the Amitabha Powa transmission and give instructions on how to do the practices.  Powa occurs at the time of death, it is the transference of the consciousness to Dewachen,  the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. 

There are two types of powa practices: Death Powa (Shimbo) and Life Powa (Sumbo).  Life Powa prepares us for the moment of our own death.  Death Powa is performed on behalf of the deceased.  We can effectively perform these beneficial practices, if we are sincere and have unwavering belief that the guru is inseparable from Amitabha.

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 Wangchul, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi and Dingo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.
 
In 1960, H.H. J.D. Sakya was invited to work on a Univ. 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 Sakya Tegchen Choling, a center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.  In 1984, the center became the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dharma Lecture: Clarifying the Intentions of the Sage, Part 3

Sunday, March 27 at 1:30 pm (third 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.org.

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.

Special Lecture: The Three Doors of Liberation

Friday, March 25 at 7:00 pm
Instructor: Ven. Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

The concept of the three doors of liberation is common to all schools of Buddhism. The Buddha spoke of the three doors of liberation through which we can obtain enlightenment. On Sundays during Chenrezi practice we recite:

The door of liberation of emptiness- the object
The door of liberation of signlessness- the cause
The door of liberation of wishlessness- the result


But what does it really mean? In this teaching, Venerable Khenpo Jampa Tenphel will explain the phenomena of emptiness, signlessness, and wishlessness and how to use it to benefit all sentient beings and bring them to enlightenment. This teaching will be 1 ½ hours with 15 minutes of question and answers and then 15 minutes of meditation.

Ven 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: Explanation and Significance of Symbolism in Tibetan Buddhism

Sunday, March 20 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members
Open to Buddhist Practitioners

There are hundreds of Dharma objects associated with the culture and tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. These include prayer wheels, prayer flags, katags (offering scarves), the 8 auspicious symbols, malas (prayer beads), and the eyes painted on stupas. Learn the meaning and significance of these important sacred objects and how to best treat them.

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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