Teachings on Lord Buddha and the Meaning of Refuge

The following sessions are being offered in Southern California. All are welcome to attend:


Saturday, May 1st 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon, and 2:00 -- 4:00 p.m.
Life and Teachings of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni

Sunday, May 2nd 10:00 -- 12:00 noon
The Meaning of Taking Refuge
followed by a Refuge Ceremony for those who wish

Sunday, May 2nd 2:00 -- 4:00 p.m.
Tibetan Fire Ceremony for Purification and Removal of Obstacles


Suggested Donation: $20 each session or $75 for all sessions, payable at door

Location: Rancho Embarcadero Meeting Center (EMID)
    224 Vereda Leyenda
    Goleta, CA 93110

Please RSVP by April 26th and contact for further information:
Mrs. Vidya Gauci (vidyagauci@cox.net)

We are very happy to announce that Lama Dagmola Sakya will once again be giving special teachings in Santa Barbara. May being the special month honoring Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana, Dagmola will be explaining the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. On Sunday she will give us teachings on the true meaning of taking refuge, and at the end of the morning session, there will be a refuge ceremony for those who wish to formally take refuge, or for those who simply wish to renew their commitment to a dharma path. On Sunday afternoon, Dagmola will bless us with a special fire ceremony to purify and remove obstacles in our life and on our spiritual path.

H.E. Dagmo Jamyang Sakya was born in Kham, East Tibet, and was trained in Buddhist practice from an early age by her revered uncle, Dezhung Rinpoche. While living in Tibet, she received initiations and teachings from all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism, and was married to one of the head Lamas of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Together with her husband, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, she has been leading the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, WA since the 1960’s.

Dagmola has become a revered teacher, one of a handful of Tibetan women teachers living in the West, though she teaches all over the world. Her mind-stream has ripened through extensive teachings, retreats and practice. She is gracious, charming and profound, speaks English, and is very approachable. We are privileged to have her bless us with these special teachings.

Lama Dagmola is one of Dr. Alan Wallace’s senior Tibetan Buddhist teachers. Alan Wallace is the founder and president of SBI, the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. Their students, Vidya Gauci, James Elliott, and Sangay Wangmo, are hosting this special event.


DIRECTIONS:  Exit off the 101 at Winchester Canyon, and make an immediate left at the gas station onto Calle Real which parallels the 101N. Go up several blocks and make a right onto Vereda Leyenda where you will see the adobe sign “Rancho Embarcadero.” Midway up the block is #224, an historic Spanish adobe building. There is a small adjacent parking lot to EMID, and lots of street parking on the right hand side.  
Travel tip: do NOT follow the directions given by MapQuest; they will not lead you to Rancho Embarcadero.  

LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and picnic in the adjacent park or there are a variety of restaurants at the nearby Costco Shopping Center off the Glen Annie exit. Tea and light snacks will be available, as well as chair seating.

1,000 Armed Chenrezi Retreat & Nyen Nay Vows

Thursday, May 27, 2010
RSVP by May 17th by emailing monastery@sakya.org
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

All participants should plan to be vegetarian for the entire day, regardless of whether vows have been taken or not.

The fourth month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar is called “Saka Dawa.” “Dawa” means “month” in Tibetan. Of the 28 major stars tracked in Tibetan astrology, “Saka” is the name of the star which is closest to the earth and thus most prominent at that time.

Saka Dawa is the special month in which the Buddha’s conception, birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana all occur. In particular, the full moon day, or 15th day, of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism. It is the day of the Buddha’s Conception, Enlightenment, and parting into Nirvana. It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this specific day. The merit generated from these virtuous activities increases 100,000-fold on this day in Saka Dawa. This year, that day comes on Thursday, May 27, 2010.

On that auspicious occasion and for the benefit of all sentient beings and world peace, H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya will lead a One-Thousand Armed Chenrezi Prayer service at Sakya Monastery. Students can participate in the prayer service for as long as they wish between 9 am and 5 pm.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya is one of the teachers at Sakya Monastery and wife of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmo Kusho specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world. She has received extensive teachings and empowerments from many great lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism throughout her lifetime.

For additional information, including the schedule for the day, please download the Saka Dawa Flyer (pdf).

Dharma Lecture: Four Thoughts the Turn the Mind Towards the Dharma

Sunday, March 18 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

No matter your lineage or vehicle, this simple, straightforward, and easy practice will help train your mind. This teaching comes from Gadampa masters and has a thousand years of history. Thousands of practitioners have successfully used this training. You can use this practice regardless of your life situation or age to help you become a better Buddhist. Our problem is that we do not know how to practice the training of mind; this talk will help you to practice from your heart.

Ven. 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 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.

Special Lecture: Historic Women in Buddhism

Sunday, April 11 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Stephanie Prince
Suggested Contribution: $15 public, $12 members
This class presents an overview of women in Buddhism, both literary and historical, from the time of the Buddha.  You will be introduced to women from the early nikaya, mahayana sutra, and tantra periods.  There will be a Suggested Reading List for your own further studies.

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 and leads discussions on Buddhism.

Dharma Lecture: Bodhisattvacharyavatara

Sunday, April 4 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 1 - The Preliminary: the Importance of Guru Yoga
The preliminary teaching is guru yoga. To understand a teaching, you must understand the importance of your Gawamen – your spiritual teacher -- first. This topic is so important that it is covered in both the sutras and the tantras; it is part of all studies of Buddhism, not just Tibetan Buddhism. How should you consider your guru? How approach and interact with a spiritual teacher?

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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