Dharma Lecture: Sunyata and Chandrakirti's Sevenfold Reasoning and the Importance of Sunyata in the Hevajra Practice

Lecturer: The Vidyadhara Acharya Mahayogi Sridhar Rana Rinpoche
Saturday, May 27th
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members per talk
Prerequisite: None

Emptiness is the main view of the Paramitayana. It is considered the only antidote to ignorance, which is the innate clinging to the concept of a self as real existence. In the Vajrayana system, Emptiness is paired with Luminosity as the final view, and the Hevajra practice is intimately related to the unity of luminosity and emptiness. Without a proper understanding of what is meant by emptiness in the Mahayana system, it is considered to be dangerous. Nagarjuna says misunderstanding emptiness is like catching a snake at the wrong end! There are many authentic ways to understand the meaning of emptiness in the Mahayana; the Sevenfold Reasoning method devised by Chandrakirti is the easiest to understand.

The Vidyadhara Acharya Mahayogi Sridhar Rana Rinpoche was born in Kathmandu in 1949 to an aristocratic family. Seeking spiritual answers, he first practiced Hindu Tantra and Vedanta. Unsatisfied, he continued and found the Buddhadharma. He practiced initially in the Zen tradition until he met his first Vajrayana teacher, the Venerable Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and started Vajrayana practice. He recently completed a 21 year retreat at his residence in Kathmandu, which he practiced under the guidance of HE Chobgay Trichen Rinpoche, HH the 41st Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, and HE the Fourth Karma Thinley Rinpoche. He was conferred the title of 'Acharya' by HE Karma Thinley Rinpoche in 1994 followed by the titles of 'Rinpoche' and 'Mahayogi' by HE Chobgay Trichen Rinpoche, and the title of 'Vidyadhara' by HE Karma Thinley Rinpoche in 2013. He is committed to a lifetime retreat in the Tse Tsam style which allows for the retreat to be held with short breaks and thus he is currently on a travel and teaching tour. The Vidyadhara writes prolifically, primarily in English, on various aspects of Buddhism.

Next of Kin Committee Presents: An End of Life Paperwork and Pizza Party

Facilitated by: Laura Ellis & Moses Tovar
Saturday, May 6th
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall

The NOK Committee is hosting an informal get-together where you can bring your end of life paperwork, ask questions, and receive support from the group. End of life paperwork tends to be a “work-in-progress.”

Sometimes a little help from friends is all that is needed to take that next step. Please come and join us!

•   Begin or finish documents such as: your will, healthcare directive, and durable power of attorney
•   Create or finalize your Buddhist end of life wishes document.
•   Bring your laptop and use an online form to create a will in just 10 minutes!
•   Ask questions and share ideas!

6th Annual Book and Bake Sale

Saturday, May 20, 10am to 4pm
Sunday, May 21, 10am to 2pm
Members Only Preview: Friday, May 19, 5:30 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery Cultural Hall

This year we have over a thousand books with every interest represented! We also have CDs, DVDs, and video games. There will be a wide selection of delicious bake goods for sale.

Please gather up all those books sitting on the shelf and help make this the biggest book sale yet! Please no magazines, cassette or VHS donations. Book donations will also be collected during regular open hours of the monastery. Everyone is welcome!

Movies with Meaning: Paths of the Soul

Saturday, May 13
Time: 6:30 pm
Free, donations accepted

An astonishing journey of redemption, faith, and devotion. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yang (Shower, Getting Home) blurs the border between documentary and fiction to follow a group of Tibetan villagers who leave their families and homes in the small village of Nyima to make a Buddhist "bowing pilgrimage"-laying their bodies flat on the ground after every few steps-along the 1,200 mile road to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet. Though united in their remarkable devotion, each of the travelers embarks on this near impossible journey for very personal reasons. One traveler needs to expunge bad family karma, a butcher wants to cleanse animal bloodstains from his soul, another nearing his life's end, hopes that the prostrations will break the chain of cause and effect determined by his life's actions. Stunningly photographed over the course of an entire year, with non-professional actors and no script, Paths of the Soul is a mesmerizing study of faith that will inspire viewers to reflect on their own journey through life.


Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, May 14th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members

H.E. Dagyum Kusho Sakya has been a great Buddhist teacher and great mother. She has inspired and continues to inspire thousands of people with her wisdom, compassion, and Dharma life. By her passionate, tireless practice and spiritual energy, pure vision, and unchangeable motivation, she is a wonderful role model for us to learn from. In this class, Tulku Yeshi will share advice and special times he has been able to share with her over the last 13 years.

Tulku Yeshi 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 forty masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tulku Yeshi has written thirteen books, ten of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, including “A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa.”  He has published three books in English: his autobiography “A Modern Liberation Odyssey - An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama”, “Handbook for Half-Buddhas” and “Tibetan Zen.” He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, can advise people on how to enjoy their life, and can bestow empowerments.  Currently he is working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle.


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