Dharma Lecture: The Meaning of Om Mani Padme Hung

Sunday, March 7 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

People call Tibet the “Mani Country” or “Mala Country” because of the recitation of “Om Mani Padme Hung” and the possession of malas. Naturally, Tibetans tried to help others because of the blessing of Om Mani Padme Hung. Today the blessing of Chenrezi is rising in the West; most practitioners know this mantra. However, we have to know the detailed meanings of the mantra to fully achieve its blessings.

This talk will cover:
- The correct pronunciation as you chant;
- How to visualize the mantra
- How to use it in your daily life.
- How to keep the vows (samaya) between Chenrezi and you, between your voice and the mantra, and between your mind and compassion.
- How to practice when you are experiencing difficult times

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.

Vajrapani Fire Puja

Jungpo Dulche Gyensak
Prerequisite: Refuge

Sunday, February 7, 2010
Tara Meditation Center at Earth Sanctuary (Directions below)
  • 10:00 am - Noon: Prayers by H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya, lamas, and monks
  • Noon - 1:00 pm:  Lunch (bring your own lunch)
  • 1:00 - 3:00: Fire puja ceremony
Note: You may come to just the Fire Puja at 1:00 or you may come to both the prayers in the morning and the afternoon Fire Puja.

In a monastery, monks traditionally perform prayer ceremonies and Pujas for the long life, health and success of their lamas, friends, benefactors and all sentient beings, as well as for world peace.

You are invited to a traditional Tibetan Buddhist Vajrapani Deity Fire Puja. In the Vajrapani Fire Puja, all fire deities are invited and presented with different offerings (see below for list of offerings to bring). During the Fire Puja, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya will be outfitted and emanate as Heruka and then transform into Vajrapani. The smoke emanating from the fire is charged with vibrations and the vibrations travel for miles creating peace and harmony in the world. 

The Vajrapani Fire Puja is very powerful and has many benefits.  For the living, a Vajrapani fire puja ceremony fulfills wishers, removes obstacles, improves health, and increases merit and wealth. For Buddhist practitioners, making offering to the fire deities helps the practitioner gain accomplishments on the path, stabilize one's meditation concentration and improve one's spiritual practice. For the deceased, the ceremony is an excellent method of purifying negative karma and attaining higher rebirth. You may bring a photo of deceased loved ones, including pets, to put in the fire as a blessing for your loved one. If you don't have a photo, write their names down on white, unlined paper and you may bring that with you instead. If you are unable to attend, you can give the photos or list of names to the Monastery office and we will bring them for you.

The Vajrapani Fire Puja also helps to avert or purify three kinds of obstacles:
  • External adversities that manifest from karmic imprints and affect our daily life, relationships, job, business, etc:
  • Internal hindrances arising from fear, doubts and superstition that affect our health or mental state; and
  • Secret/hidden obstacles of inherent ignorance that obstruct our ability to realize the true nature of reality
How to dress:
The Vajrapani Fire Puja will be held rain or shine. Be sure to dress warmly for the weather as we will be outside for the entire ceremony. You may need to bring an umbrella or rain gear.

What to bring:
It is beneficial to bring offerings to the Fire Puja. You gain merit through your generosity. 

In appreciation for your prayers, it is appropriate to bring a donation to Sakya Monastery in an envelope with your name on the outside of the envelope. Optionally, you can give a donation to H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and our 5 monks.

For the Fire Puja, bring any of the following: barley, wheat, rice, white or black sesame seeds, peas, noodles, vegetable oil, sesame oil, olive oil (no animal oils), kushu grass, honey, golden raisins, and dry or fresh flowers.  Note: all grains should be dry and uncooked.

No photography is allowed unless you have signed the Sakya Monastery Photography and Video Recording Contract.  If interested, you can download the agreement here: Photo and Video Contract

From Seattle, take I-5 north.From the Eastside, take I-405 north to I-5 north. Take Exit 189 from I-5 to the west and follow the signs to the Whidbey Island/Mukilteo ferry terminal. Get into the ferry line where the signs tell you to do so or whenever you see the "end of the line" of cars. Here is the ferry schedule for Feb. 7. The ferry ride from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island lasts about 20 minutes. Once on Whidbey Island, drive north on the main highway, Route 525, for approximately 7 miles. Turn right onto Newman Road and drive for about 0.25 mile to the intersection of Newman Road with Emil Road on the right. (The Tara Meditation Center/Earth Sanctuary Retreat House is on the Northwest corner of Newman and Emil Road.)  Note: The Fire Puja is not at the Retreat House. Turn right on Email Road and go about 1/10 mile up the hill and turn left into the Earth Sanctuary arboretum where you will be directed to a place to park. 

Where you can eat
Here is a list of places to eat near Earth Sanctuary:

1) Payless Foods is a local grocery store with a nice sandwich counter about 5 minutes from Earth Sanctuary.

Payless Foods - 1609 Main St., Freeland, WA. 98249 - Main Store # (360) 331-4810

2) Whidbey's Coffee / Lighthouse Cafe is in the same small shopping center as Payless Foods, back by the Ace Hardware store. They have good breakfasts and lunch baskets, plus coffee and espresso drinks. (360) 331-4580

Google map for Payless and Whidbey's Coffee/Lighthouse:

3) The Star Store at Bayview corner. 360-321-5424.  Full service deli case for sandwiches and natural and organic food items Google map: http://ow.ly/12QIn

The Tara Meditation Center at Earth Sanctuary
The Tara Meditation Center at Earth Sanctuary (www.earthsanctuary.org) is the retreat center for Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Earth Sanctuary combines exemplary ecology with art and spirit to create a sanctuary for birds and wildlife and a peaceful place for personal renewal and spiritual connection. Come and meditation in a sculpture garden of sacred spaces (stone circles, labyrinth, dolmen, medicine wheel), consecrated by H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya. Earth Sanctuary is open every day of the year, rain or shine, during daylight hours. $7/person fee. No dogs and no fires please. The Earth Sanctuary Retreat House (Tara Meditation Center) is available for individual and small group overnight and day spiritual retreats

2010 Losar Celebration

Saturday, February 20
Time: 11 AM to 4 PM
Location: Egan Hall, St. John's Parish
Cost: FREE

On Saturday, February 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism will celebrate its 42nd annual Tibetan New Year Festival in Egan Hall at St. John’s Parish. Admission is free. This year is the Year of the Male Iron Tiger.

The Tibetan New Year Festival will feature Himalayan arts and handicrafts, entertainment, Tibetan foods, and door prizes.

Egan Hall
St. John’s Parish
123 N. 79th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Free admission; donations accepted

Questions? Please contact Sakya Monastery by emailing monastery@sakya.org or calling 206.789.2573 (Office hours are M―F, 8am to noon).

Download the flyer here: 2010 Losar Flyer


Annual Holiday Sale Of Himalayan Handicrafts

Sunday, December 5
Time: 11 AM to 4 PM
Location: Cultural Hall
Cost: FREE

Come see the cultural hall transformed into a marketplace of Tibetan vendors at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

Items offered for sale include statues, prayer flags, incense, art prints, books, photos of the Dalai Lama, CDs, tapes, prayer beads, jewelry, 2011 Himalayan art calendars, charms, and clothing.

At 12:00 pm enjoy a free tour of the Monastery’s Shrine Room with its traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas, and triple life-sized golden Buddha statue.

Tibetan tea will be served.

A Daily Practice Of Mind Training

Sundays: November 8 & 15
Time: 1:30pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Text: The Eight Verses of Mind Training of Kadam Geshé Langri Tenpa
Suggested Contribution Per Class: $15 Public, $12 Members

The Eight Verses of Mind Training are a very approachable set of aphorisms in verse form which contain the essentials of Mind Training. The purpose of Mind Training (Lojong) is to develop Bodhicitta, the mind intent on attaining Buddhahood for the benefit of others. Without Bodhicitta, Buddhahood is not possible. This will be a practice-oriented study of the Eight Verses and the central practice of Tong-Len as part of daily mind training practice. There will be a brief introduction to Mind Training and the Eight Verses and we will discuss their meaning with primary emphasis on the practice of Tong-Len. We will discuss a daily framework within which to provide personal continuity to this most essential practice.

Ken Hockett: Having studied Buddhist precepts for several years and convinced of the truth and relevance of the Buddha Dharma in my own life, I sought out an entrance to the path and took refuge with H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Rinpoche in 1977.  While principally my study and practice has been within the Sakya and Nyingma traditions, I have received teachings and initiations from Lamas and teachers of the Four Schools.


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