Dharma Lecture: Dharma Etiquette

Sunday, September 27
Time: 1:30 pm
Instructor: H.E. Dagmo Kusho
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

H.E. Dagmo Kusho will instruct the new Buddhist practitioner in the traditional customary protocols learned from her own experience.  This class will cover in greater detail the little red book of Tibetan Buddhist Customs, which is sold in our Dharma shop.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya was born in Kham, Eastern Tibet. As the niece of one of the most highly realized Sakya Masters of the twentieth century, H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche III, her training in Buddhist practice began at an early age. She has received extensive teachings and empowerments from many great lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism throughout her lifetime. Dagmola is married to H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmola specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye was born in Tibet and has many years of translation experience for senior Tibetan Buddhist lamas and geshes.

Intermediate Literary Tibetan

Reading the Dharma in Tibetan & Literary Tibetan Grammar
(Fourteen 2-hour classes)
Wednesdays: September 9 – December 30.  (No class: Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 11)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Library
Instructor: Eric Dulberg
$120 Public, $105 Members, $90 Students and Seniors (60 and up)

Prerequisites: Some previous study of literary Tibetan grammar and the ability to read Tibetan syllables in U-chan. If you have questions or need the texts, please email the instructor at: ericd1000@hotmail.com.
This course is a continuation of last year’s course, Reading the Dharma in Tibetan & Literary Tibetan Grammar. The focus of this course is to learn to read the Dharma in Tibetan; it also includes a component of listening to the Dharma. 

The course will begin with a brief review of my “Overview of Literary Tibetan” and continue with a review of last year’s material. We will then continue learning literary grammar, practicing translating sentences, and listening to additional and more complex sentences. Colloquial grammar will be introduced as needed to learn the difference between literary Tibetan and the material in the listening component of the course.

The texts are: (1) Translating Buddhism from Tibetan by Joe Wilson, (2) Tibetan Language Correspondence Course by Sarah Harding and Jeremy Morell, and (3) the prayer book we use on Sunday mornings: The Twelve Deeds of Lord Buddha.

Eric Dulberg is a member of Sakya Monastery. During the past 20 years he has taken formal courses and extensive private classes in literary and colloquial Tibetan with Gen Lobsang Thonden (author of Modern Tibetan Language, vol. 1 & 2), Ani Dawa, Gen Tenzin Thubwang, author Gavin Kilty, Gen Tenzin Tinley (of U Virginia, Cornell, etc), Gen Tsetan Chonjore (author of Colloquial Tibetan – A Textbook of the Lhasa Dialect), and with Dr. Jeff Schoening. Eric’s professional background includes a BSc in physics and an MPH and DrPH in epidemiology.

The Tibetan Alphabet & Its Pronunciation - Year 1

Wednesdays: October 7- October 28
Time: 7:00 pm—9:00 pm   Location: Library/Cultural Hall   
Instructor: Lee Harris
$70 Public,  $55  Members, $40. Students and Seniors. 
Prerequisites: None.
This class merges into SEC 151  BEGINNING LITERARY TIBETAN, Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, November 4—December 9, 2009. 

Text: A Primer For Classical Literary Tibetan by John Rockwell. 
Prerequisite: Memorization of the Tibetan Alphabet.
Beginning Level Text: Tibetan Syllabus (Handout)
Thon mi Sambhota and others devised the Tibetan script in early 600 C.E. for the translation of Buddhist scriptures into Tibetan language.  Learn to read, write and pronounce the letters of this sacred alphabet using the "dBu-Chan" (headed) script.

Lee Harris is a member of Sakya Monastery, a poet, and a longtime student of Tibet, Buddhism and the Tibetan language.  Lee's Tibetan instructors include H.E. Dagmo Kusho Jamyang Sakya, Dr. Jeffery Schoening, Dr. Leonard Van Der Kuijp, Geshe Wangchuk, Geshe Nornang and Rigdzin Tingkhye. His poems, essays, short stories and book reviews have been published in chapbook, paperback, hardback and on-line magazines. Lee's classes and poetry allow the general public access to Tibetan and Sanskrit terminology.

Essential Knowledge of Hinayana & Mahayana Buddhism

Mondays, September 14 to December 7 at 7:30 PM
(Note: classes will not be held on the evenings in which ritual practices occur)
Suggested donation: $100 (Note: members will receive the course book as part of their registration; non-members will need to purchase the book separately.)

This course will teach the foundational beliefs of Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism to motivated beginner-to-intermediate practitioners. This eleven (11) session series is designed to ground students in the core beliefs and theory underlying Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhist practices, upon which Vajrayana Buddhism lies.

The course’s contents will be discussed in-depth. Each of the eleven sessions will have both a presentation and facilitated discussion. A Yahoo! Group will be established so that the participants may continue discussion between the sessions.

NOTE: Tso Kor is currently scheduled for September 28, which is at the same time as the third lecture. A vote will be taken at the first class to determine if students would rather (a) hold the lecture as scheduled, (b) attend Tso Kor and have the class on another evening, or (c) attend Tso Kor and have an extended class on October 5.

REGISTRATION: This course is open to 15 students maximum. Priority registration will be given to members of Sakya Monastery. Because the material is cumulative, please do not register unless you know that you will be able to attend at least 10 of the 11 sessions.

Please note:
• We understand that the economy is tight and that many people have financial constraints. If you are interested in the course but cannot afford the fee, we are happy to work out a way for you to help the monastery with your time in lieu of payment. Please call the Monastery's office in order to determine how we may match your skills to our needs.
• Registration is not considered complete until either payment is received or the monastery has determined (with you) a plan for how you may "pay" for the course by helping the Monastery with your time and skills.

Lecture Topics & Teachers:
1. The Buddha, Buddhism, and “Taking Refuge”
Date: September 14
Instructor: Eric Dulberg
2. On Daily practice; “The four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma ”
Date: September 21
Instructor: Eric Dulberg
3. Meditation on the first two of “The four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma”and “The Parting from the Four Attachments”
Date: September 28
Instructor: Ken Hockett
4. Meditation on the last two of “The four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma” and “The Parting from the Four Attachments”
Date: October 5
Instructor: Ken Hockett
5. Examining the first Two Noble Truths, using meditations from The Beautiful Ornament of the Three Visions
Date: October 12
Instructor: Chuck Pettis
6. Examining the second Two Noble Truths, using meditations from The Beautiful Ornament of the Three Visions
Date: October 19
Instructor: Chuck Pettis
7. Selflessness & Dependent Origination with focus on “The 12 Links” & “Wheel of Life”
Date: October 26
Instructor: Murray Gordon
8. Compassion & Bodhicitta (Exposition of Bodhicitta; tonglen instruction)
Date: November 2
Instructor: Stephanie Prince
9. Mahayana path (General Mahayana – Paramitayana/Sutrayana) – The Six Perfections
Date: November 16
Instructor: Stephanie Prince
10. The Functions of the Mind
Date: November 30
Instructor: Murray Gordon
11. The Buddhist path in Tibetan Buddhism
Date: December 7
Instructor: Stephanie Prince

Chenrezi Intitation

Sunday, August 23
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room

Through meditation on Chenrezi (Avalokiteshvara), one develops loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta. Buddha taught that “love” is the wish for all beings to experience happiness, that “compassion” is the aspiration that they be free from all suffering, and that “bodhicitta” is the mind dedicated to attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

Stephanie Prince will lead a workshop on deepening one's Chenrezi practice based upon the teachings of Venerable Dezhung Rinpoche III on Wednesday, August 26.

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.


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