Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara

Sunday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $15

The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a movement meditation in the Vajrayana tradition. It is a non-sectarian practice based on a traditional Tibetan text in which Tara’s 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessings and healing of each of the qualities to all beings. In this retreat, the dancers are led into a Mandala of dance and instructed in the subtlety of sacred movement and mudras (hand gestures). Participants learn experientially the philosophy, meditations, and visualizations of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice. At the end of the workshop the dancers will be adorned with saris (traditional Indian dress provided) and will dance for the community in an offering ritual. There is no dance experience necessary; men and women welcome.

Mandala Dance Retreat

Friday - Sunday, October 21st—23rd
Time: 7:00 pm Fri. (@ Sakya Monastery), Noon - 9:00 pm Sat. (@ Taoist Institute), 1:30 - 6:30 pm Sun. (@ Sakya Monastery)
Contact Gail at (425)214-3392 or gailf@johnlscott.com for more info and registration.

The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a movement meditation in the Vajrayana tradition. It is a non-sectarian practice based on a traditional Tibetan text in which Tara’s 21 aspects are praised for the purpose of sending the blessings and healing of each of the qualities to all beings. In this retreat, the dancers are led into a Mandala of dance and instructed in the subtlety of sacred movement and mudras (hand gestures). Participants learn experientially the philosophy, meditations, and visualizations of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice. At the end of the workshop the dancers will be adorned with saris (traditional Indian dress provided) and will dance for the community in an offering ritual. There is no dance experience necessary; men and women welcome.

Special Lecture: This is Your Brain on Meditation

Lecturer: Dr. Chris Rebholz
Saturday, October 15
Time: 1:30- 3:30 PM
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

*** Cancelled due to the weather. Will be rescheduled, date TBA ***

 

The scientific proof that meditation restructures your brain is coming to fruition. Please come and join us in this fascinating lecture.

Dr. Chris Rebholz has been a member of Sakya Monastery since 2006. She is still trying to wake up.

Special Lectures: Combining Compassion and Emptiness--7 Point Mind Training

Lecturer: Ken Hockett
Wednesdays, October 12th and 19th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Recommended Text: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgön Kongtrul (translated by Ken McLeod)

Purpose: The purpose of this class is to provide a structure for in-depth practice and analysis of this method of Mind Training using both the Eight Verses and the Seven Points. Hopefully, we all will learn something about ourselves and where we are going on this Path, which combines Compassion and Emptiness. Another purpose of this class is to provide a framework for continuity and positive reinforcement in your practice. It will be helpful to attend each of the sessions, but not absolutely necessary.

1st Session: Here will be a short introduction to the history
of Mind Training and the scriptural roots with an introduction to the texts we will use for the class. We will discuss the purposes of Mind Training with emphasis on the motivation for this practice. Then, we will discuss Point One (“The Preliminaries”), what the preliminaries are and various approaches to practice. And we will examine Point Two ("The Actual Practice"). We will discuss of Point Two, which contains the heart of the practice and exposes Bodhicitta in its myriad aspects. We will also be introduced to both the formal practice of Mind Training that you do on your cushion (as described by Jamgon Kongtrul) and the informal part that you practice in your daily life.

2nd Session: This session will begin with a short practice session and then we will work on Points Three (Bringing Adversity on to the Path) and Four (Practices for Your Whole Life) and how we can integrate the attitude of Mind Training into our daily life. We will also discuss Points Five (Evaluating Your Mind Training), Six (The Disciplines of Mind Training) and Seven (The Guidelines). These sections contain many slogans to use as supports to Mind Training practice. Some of these are self-evident and some are subtle. We will discuss as many aspects of each one as possible.

Ken Hockett is one of the senior Dharma students at Sakya. After much reading and study, he took refuge before H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang in 1977. His principal interest is in the Mind Training methods and has been teaching these at Sakya Monastery for over 10 years. Having received teachings and initiations from Lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, his main teachers are of the Sakya and Nyingma traditions. He has also produced many of the practice texts used at Sakya Monastery.

Dharma Lecture: Development of Awareness and Conduct--The Most Popular and Important Work of Sakya Pandita

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, October 9th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room

“Wise people look for their own flaws, but fools look for the faults of others. The peacock examines his own body, but the owl sends out a bad omen to others.”
- Sakya Pandita

Sakya Pandita was one of the Five Founding Lamas of the Sakya Tradition. He was also known as one of the three emanations of Manjushri of Tibet. He learned Buddhist philosophy, history, and poetry from his uncle Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen and from the famous Indian master Panchen Shakya Shri as well as from many other masters. In the Treasury of Good Sayings of Sakya Pandita, he gives timeless advice on how to become a smart, helpful, mindful, and successful person. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will give an explanation on this classic Buddhist teaching.

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 thirteen books, ten of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, including “A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa.” He has published three books in English: his autobiography “A Modern Liberation Odyssey - An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama”, “Handbook for Half-Buddhas” and “Tibetan Zen.” He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, can advise people on how to enjoy their life, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he is working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle.

 

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