Introduction to the Next of Kin Guide

Saturday, April 3
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
All are welcome

Under the guidance of HHJDS Rinpoche, volunteers from the Next of Kin Committee have assembled a packet of information to assist Sakya Monastery members in deciding their end-of-life wishes. We will go over what prayers to request at the time of death, how to handle the body according to Tibetan Buddhist protocols, what legal forms need to be filled out prior to death, and how to make arrangements with your Next of Kin to have your end-of-life wishes as a Buddhist fulfilled.

This is also an opportunity to sign up as a Vigil Volunteer. Vigil volunteers recite prayers in continuous shifts for people who are sick, having surgery or dying.

Dharma Lecture: Vajrayogini

Sunday, March 28 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members
Prerequisite: Vajrayogini empowerment or another major mandala empowerment.

This talk explains the specific importance of Vajrayogini. She is important enough that we devote a monthly practice to her. There are thousands of tantric deities in Tibetan Buddhism – peaceful, wrathful, male, female, and different colors. Vajrayogini is one of the accessible of the deities. In Tibet, thousands of practitioners have visualized her in their short lives and become great Siddhas, regardless of gender, vows taken, etc. She has an especially strong connection to the Sakyapa, as her practice comes from the Thirteen Golden Deities of Sakya. Her lineage and the importance of keeping the samaya will be explained, as will information on how to practice.

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.

Introduction to Colloquial Tibetan

Mondays: March 22 – May 24
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa
Cost: $70 public, $55 members, $40 students & seniors (60+)

Learn spoken Tibetan from noted Tibetan scholar, Khenpo Jampa. The first two weeks involve learning to read, write, and pronounce the Tibetan alphabet. This is followed by an introduction to spoken Tibetan. Learn phrases so that you may speak with members of the Tibetan community and for use on future travels or pilgrimages.

New and returning students are welcome. Registration is required through the Sakya Monastery office.

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.

Vajrayogini Sindura Mandala Empowerment

Sunday, March 21 at 10:00 AM
Location: Shrine Room
Registration Fee: $100 Public, $75 Members
Prerequisite: Refuge

This empowerment bestows the blessing of the female Bodhisattva Vajrayogini, who is a wisdom Dakini of the Higher Yoga Tantric System. The practice of Vajrayogini belongs to the Mother class of Tantra and it is a direct aid in gaining enlightenment. Individuals who receive this empowerment are welcome to join us in the monthly Vajrayogini practice.

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.

Members' Quarterly Meeting and Potluck

Saturday, March 13
Time: Noon
Cost: FREE

This is an opportunity for new and old members and Dharma friends to gather, enjoy food together, and discuss events and projects at the Monastery. All are welcome. Please bring a tasty dish to share! Following the meeting and potluck, everyone is welcome to stay and watch the movie Little Buddha, part of which was filmed at Sakya Monastery.


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