Special Lecture: Five Dhyani Buddhas

Sunday, October 17th
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Instructor: Stephanie Prince
Suggested Contribution:
$15 Public, $12 Members
Prerequisite: Buddhist Refuge Vows

This session will focus on the five Dhyani Buddhas (also known as the five Tathagata Buddha Families): Akshobya, Amoghasiddhi, Vairocana, Ratnasambhava, and Amitabha. We will learn about the five Dhyani Buddhas’ attributes, associations, what they represent. We will also learn about their pledges. The class will include a short meditation on the mandala of the five Dhyani Buddhas and will help you to better understand who they are and their importance in our meditations. This teaching is the foundation of many Buddhist teachings; becoming familiar with them is critical, especially to new students of Buddhism.

Stephanie Prince has studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition for 39 years and holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington. She has received teachings and major initiations in the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Sakya LamDre (Path with its Fruit), both the Lamdre Tsogshay and the Lamdre Lobshay. She teaches ritual classes at Sakya Monastery.

Dharma Lecture: Buddhism and the Benefits of Compassion

Sunday, October 10 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Every Sunday at Sakya Monastery we share in the practice of Chenrezi; loving-kindness and compassion. Once you have generated compassion and loving-kindness in your own life, how can you help others generate the same for themselves? How do we remove others suffering? By helping other people generate compassion in their own lives you can learn to be happy, in this life and the next. As an emanation of Chenrezi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an illustration in how to live this way.


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: Dakinis

Sunday, October 3 at 6:00 pm
Instructor: H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

With the forthcoming Vajrayogini empowerment, the role of dakinis in our lives becomes more prominent. In this dharma lesson by Dagmo-la, we will learn the role of dakinis in tantric Buddhism, including what functions they uniquely perform and how they interact with other tantric deities. We will learn how we can relate to them, and who the bestknown dakinis are.

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.

Dharma Lecture: Twelve Ways of Working for the Welfare of Others

Sunday, September 26 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

What are ways in which Bodhisattvas (and those aspiring to become bodhisattvas) can help others? In Tibetan culture, “laklen” means “taking in your hands,” or “to take action to grow to be a Bodhisattva.” This talk will discuss many practical, different ways in which Mahayana practitioners can do so. The twelve ways include such activities as: helping those who are suffering; helping those who are ignorant of means; helping the homeless; and helping those holding wrong views. These virtuous actions can be done in different situations, countries and time. practice is also already set up for you to do so. Tulkula will give you insights on how to put it all together.

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: Bodhisattvacharyavatara, part 4 of 4

Sunday, September 19 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) is one of the three vehicles. The Bodhisattvacharyavatara is one of the main sutras, which addresses the path of the person desiring perfection of bodhicitta. Khenpo-la, who joined Sakya Monastery in late 2009, will give a lecture on a different aspect of this sutra on the first Sunday afternoon of each month (unless a conflict arises, such as July 4).

Teaching 4 - The Selfless No-Self of Buddhism
How do you understand the importance of selflessness? This talk will explain not only how to understand your no-self, but how to practice it as well.

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.

 

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