Manjushri Initiation

Sunday, November 14 at 10:00 AM
Location: Shrine Room
Registration Fee: $30 Public, $25 Members
Translator: Upasaka Jeff Schoening

Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of Discriminating Insight. He holds the flaming sword for cutting through the fog of ignorance in one hand and the text of the Perfection of Wisdom in the other. Many lamas of the Sakya Khon lineage are regarded as emanations of Manjushri.

REQUIREMENT: During the 24 hours after the empowerment, one must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol. One must also be celibate during those hours.

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 Wangchuk, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö and Dingo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.

In 1960, H.H. J.D. Sakya was invited to work on a University 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 the 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: The Meanings and Practice of Empowerments

Sunday, November 14 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Many Westerners to receive initiations and empowerments more than any hard sutra teachings. Often, the announcement for an empowerment is read like a corporate advertisement, telling us that a specific yidam is powerful, because it will help us become healthy or wealthy—perhaps causing some people to think an empowerment (and its benefits) is like on object one can purchase. Unfortunately, after receiving an initiation or empowerment, most people don’t practice the sadhana. This is a little like buying a new piece of electronic equipment and then putting it in the closet. Tulku Yeshi will explain the importance of practicing the tantric teachings in order to truly benefit from an empowerment or initiation. In this class, we will focus on the significance and practice of today’s Manjushri initiation.

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.

Open Discussion: Chenrezi

Sunday, November 7 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Suggested Contribution: Donations Accepted

We practice Chenrezi twice a week (Sunday and Thursday), because the practice is for the benefit of your ordinary life in addition to your spiritual life. This session is an open discussion with Khenpo-la for participants to ask questions they may have on Chenrezi. Each person will have the opportunity to ask a single question, and receive an answer that will last approximately five minutes.

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.

Green Tara Dance Offering

Sunday, October 24th at 6:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Free, donations accepted; all are welcome

Participants in the annual Green Tara Dance Workshop will present a dance offering to Green Tara. For further information on the workshop, please contact Gail Fredrickson at

Green Tara Initiation

Offered by: H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Thursday, October 21st at 7:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members

As the embodiment of the Great Wisdom Mother, Green Tara is the Savior of all beings. Meditation on Green Tara is believed to be very effective in releasing beings from distressing circumstances both great and small.

REQUIREMENT: During the 24 hours after the empowerment, one must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol. One must also be celibate during those hours.

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.


Mailing List

Receive announcements about special events as well as a weekly email detailing all activities for the coming week.


Make a Donation

Help support Sakya Monastery through a donation or by becoming a Member.


Dharma Shop

Purchase select books, CDs, and other items at our online Dharma Shop!