Vipassana Meditation Class

Wednesdays: September 15, 22, and 29
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested donation: $15 Public, $12 Members

This will be primarily a beginners class for those wishing to learn Vipassana meditation. This is the pre-Buddha meditation practice for examining the mind. There will be three classes—it is important to attend all three classes in order to participate in discussions and receive tips and guidance. At the first class, students will receive sitting instructions, practice meditating and then have a group discussion. The subsequent two classes will open with discussions of how people did that week, followed by more “sits” and further discussions. Ven. Lekshay recommends reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. He will refer to it in class.

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing.
Please bring a couple of pairs of big fluffy socks.

Venerable Lekshay Sangpo (formerly known as Alan Muller) studied Zen Buddhism for 20 years. He saw the Dalai Lama in Seattle in 1993 and became a Tibetan Buddhist after finding Dagchen Rinpoche in 1994. He has been a student of H.H. ever since. He received his getsul (novice) vows in 2001 and his gelung (Bhikshu) vows in 2004, both from H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in Nepal. He has been living, teaching (with Dezhung Rinpoche and the Monks at Tharlam Monastery) and studying there five to six months a year since 2000.

Walking Meditation Workshop

Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Free, donations accepted; all are welcome

Learn how to turn your daily walk into a sacred experience which can help you establish merit. Traditionally, Tibetan masters have meditated while walking. This practice is good both physically and mentally. Tulku Yeshe will lead us in a half-hour training on how to meditate while we walk. We will then, as a group, walk through the Sakya Monastery neighborhood to practice walking meditation. Tulku Yeshi will also teach us how to safely treat our smaller neighbors (insects and small animals) during walking meditation.

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: The Mind and Buddha's Life

Sunday, August 8 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

How do you keep your mind clear in difficult times? It is easy to be taken over by your heart (emotions) in difficult situations. By keeping your mind clear, you can withstand the problems of your existence. In this two-lecture series, Khenpo-la will explain how the Buddha trained his mind to overcome the challenges of living without the worldly comforts and stability that he grew up with.

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.

Secrets of Sacred Space and Sacred Ecology Workshop

At Earth Sanctuary on South Whidbey Island

Saturday, August 7
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Instructor: Chuck Pettis
Cost: $95/person. (50% goes to Sakya Monastery)

Make a Personal and Powerful Connection with the Spirit of the Earth. You don’t need to make a pilgrimage to Stonehenge; you can create a sacred space of your own.

What you will learn and what will be covered:
- Introductory presentation show showing sac/red spaces from around the world, including an explanation of their symbolism and archetypal meaning.
- An overview of the design techniques used in virtually all spiritual and sacred places all over the world that you can use to create sacred spaces with the power to facilitate spiritual experiences and evoke feelings of peacefulness and harmony.
- Hands-on instruction in dowsing for water lines, ley lines and ley-line power centers.
- How to communicate with Devas, Angels and the Spiritual Hierarchy.
- The relationship of underground water, human entities, and other geopathic problems to health.
- Practical land development techniques for "designing with Nature" within a sacred ecological framework that allows sustainable development.

Please bring:
- A sack lunch
- Pendulum or dowsing rod, if you have one. Some will be available for use at the workshop.
- Dress for rain or shine (much of the day will be outside).

Register via email:

Note: Minimum of eight people needed to hold this workshop, so please register early. Maximum: 20 – 25 people.

Buddhist Board Game Night

With an introduction by H.E. Dagmo Kusho

Friday, August 6
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Free; Dana accepted

Have fun with other sangha members, and learn something, too! We'll spend an evening playing "Rebirth," a board game which teaches the cycles of birth and rebirth, as well as the various states of existence. Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya will open the evening with a talk explaining the Buddhist beliefs taught by the game. We'll then play the game, in which no one wins, no one loses! For people who aren't interested in board games but would still like to socialize, a jigsaw puzzle of the Wheel of Life (the artwork at the back of the Shrine Room) will be available for group construction. If you'd like something a little more interactive and competitive, please bring your mah jong game and get ready to play!

Beverages will be served. Please bring along a snack to share.


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