Black Manjushri Initiation

Offered By H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members

Black Manjushri is one of many emanations of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.  In this form, Manjushri is a wrathful healing deity.  This practice is aimed at healing mental and physical suffering; it is particularly useful for counteracting virulent disease, malevolent forces, and forms of disharmony in our environment.

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 Chökyi and Dingo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.
 
In 1960, H.H. J.D. Sakya was invited to work on a Univ. of WA research project on Tibetan Buddhism and culture, which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.  At the request of students, he co-founded with H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche Sakya Tegchen Choling, a center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.  In 1984, the center became the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

Translator, Upasaka Jeffrey Schoening, PhD in Buddhist Studies, is a longtime member and interpreter at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.  Jeff is the author of The Shalistamba Sutra and Its Indian Commentaries (Vienna 1995), a two-volume study on teachings about dependent arising.  He currently works as a health care chaplain and as a private practice spiritual director.

Dharma Lecture: Buddhism in the West

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Reginald Ray
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Donation: $20

One of the most important developments in the modern world is the transplantation of Buddhism from its traditional Tibetan context into the West. How this may best happen is far from obvious. To what extent ought we to emulate our Tibetan teachers and attempt to reproduce their spiritual traditions, as given, in our environment? Where and to and what extent should we be open to adjustments and changes in the tradition to render it more accessible and more effective for Western people? And most fundamentally, what does it mean to be faithful to the truth and reality of the Tibetan dharma in the deepest sense? Dr. Reginald Ray will discuss the complexity of practicing Tibetan Buddhism in a western context.

Dr. Reginald "Reggie" Ray is the author of Indestructable Truth, an excellent introductory book on Vajrayana Buddhism written for Westerners. He is currently on a North American tour, teaching “The Spirituality of the Body: Explorations of Tibetan Tantra.”

He brings us four decades of study and intensive meditation practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as well as a special gift for applying it to the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people. He currently resides in Crestone, Colorado, where he is President and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the practice, study and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the practice lineage he embodied.

Dr. Ray received his PhD from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in 1973 and is a current faculty member of the Buddhist Studies Department at Naropa University. He has written extensively on the history and practice of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. His most recent work, Touching Enlightenment, explores the process of awakening by working directly with the body. Reggie continues to teach Buddhist Studies at Naropa University both in the classroom and online, while working regularly with his dedicated dharma students who travel from all over the globe to attend his programs in Crestone, Colorado.

Suggested Donation: $20. Tickets may be purchased through the Sakya Monastery office by phone (206-789-2573) or in person, by check or credit card. Please do not leave credit card information on the office voicemail. The Sakya Monastery office is open Mon – Fri, 8:00 am to noon. Tickets are also available through the Dharma Shop (check our online calendar for shop hours). Seating is limited – advance purchase is highly recommended. Fifteen minutes prior to the lecture, remaining seats will be made available on a Pay-As-You-Wish basis.

Note: A special offer for Sakya Monastery Members! Members in good standing can purchase their tickets one week early--beginning November 9th. Please follow the directions above to make your purchase.

Dharma Lecture: The Padmasambhava Tso Kor

Sunday, December 13
Time: 1:30 pm
Instructor: Sogyal Rinpoche
Location: Shrine Room
Ticket cost: $30 Public, $25 Members -- limit 2 tickets per person

*** SOLD OUT***

At the request of H.H. J.D. Sakya, Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, has agreed to give a public talk at Sakya Monastery on the Padmasambhava spiritual practice. The Padmasambhava puja is one of the central practices of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Guru Padmasambhava was an Indian tantric master who brought Buddhism to Tibet and is considered by many to be the Second Buddha. On the 10th lunar day of each month, a special feast offering (Tso-Kor) is made to Guru Padmasambhava at Sakya Monastery.

A world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of a great master and visionary saint of the nineteenth century, Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama. Sogyal Rinpoche has a remarkable gift for presenting the heart essence, spirit and flavor of Tibetan Buddhism in a way that is both authentic and profoundly relevant to the modern mind. Sogyal Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, an international network of Buddhist centers. He has been teaching for over thirty years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

COST: $30 Public, $25 Members. Limit 2 tickets per person. Tickets may be purchased through the Sakya Monastery office by phone (206-789-2573) or in person, by check or credit card. Please do not leave credit card information on the office voicemail. The Sakya Monastery office is open Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am to noon. Tickets are also available through the Dharma Shop (For Dharma shop hours, please check our online calendar). Seating is limited – advance purchase is highly recommended.

Shitro Initiation

H. H. JIGDAL DAGCHEN SAKYA
Sunday, October 11
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Translator: Dr. Jeffrey Schoening

Shitro refers to peaceful and wrathful deities met in the intermediate state (bardo) following death. It is a Nyingma practice (this version comes from Kunkyen Jigme Lingpa), and is very helpful for people after they have died, even if it has been years since their death.   

Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche will give a lecture on the Shitro Practice on the day of the initiation at 1:30 pm. Rigdzin Tingkhye will translate for this lecture.

 
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 Wangchug, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi and Dingo Khyentse Rabsal 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.

World Peace Walk

Walk For World Peace Around Green Lake

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM
Meet At: The Ampitheater (at the South end of Green Lake)

*NOTE: This is not a Sakya Monastery event. For additional information, please contact the event coordinator, Jeff Boutel, at 206-297-1769.

Tulku Yeshi Gyatso has been asked to lead this walk for Peace around Green Lake. Please join him Saturday evening at 5:00pm.

 

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