Special Lecture: Steps to Enlightenment

Five Paths and Ten Bhumis - An Introduction
Lecturer: Ken Hockett
Wednesday, October 25th
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members
Prerequisite: None

An analysis of the Prajnaparamita by the Indian Masters of the past reveals the process that leads to Enlightenment.  These are the Five Paths which lead to Buddhahood and the Ten Stages of Bodhisattva practice in Mahayana Buddhism. There is an essential body of commentaries related to the Paths and Bhumis. This class is an introduction to some of these commentaries and to the structure and the qualities of the Paths and Bhumis. This lecture is suitable for anyone interested in an overview of the Mahayana Buddhist Path.

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 in 1977. His principal interest is in the Mind Training methods and has been teaching these at Sakya Monastery for over 15 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 produces many of the practice texts used at Sakya Monastery.

Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara

Sunday, October 22nd
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Suggested donation: $15
All are welcome to attend.

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.

Parvati Forrest Burke will lead the retreat. She is the Assistant Director of the International Tara Dhatu Student Teacher program leading Mandala workshops all over the country. For a full bio go to: taradhatu.org/bioParvati.htm

Movement and Meditation of Tara Retreat

Friday, October 20th
7:00 - 9:00 pm at Sakya Monastery
Suggested donation: $15 (if not attending full Retreat*)

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 (3 day) - Parvati Forrest Burke
Cost is $108-150 (scholarships available upon request). Tuition includes sari rental and text.
Day 1 Movement and Meditation of Tara See above for details (*Included in cost of retreat)
Day 2 Saturday, Oct. 21st: Noon - 6:00 pm (Taoist Institute, 225 N. 70th St., Seattle, 98103)
Day 3 Sunday, Oct. 22nd: 10:00 - Noon (Spectrum Dance Theater, 800 Lake Washington Blvd. Seattle, then 2:00 - 8:00 pm at Sakya Monastery

Contact Gail for more info and registration at (425) 214-3392 or gailf@johnlscott.com

Parvati Forrest Burke will lead the retreat. She is the Assistant Director of the International Tara Dhatu Student Teacher program leading Mandala workshops all over the country. For a full bio go to: taradhatu.org/bioParvati.htm

Fall Craft Fair and Art Show

Sunday, October 8th
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Cultural Hall and Library

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Expect: Lovely art pieces,
Crafts of all kinds,
Pretty jewelry,
Fun Halloween items,
Pottery, and much more.

And a Bake Sale, too!

The Monastery's Dharma Book store will be open during the Craft Fair and there will be a guided tour of the art in the Shrine Room at 2:00pm.

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Green Tara Initiation

by H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Date: Thursday, October 19th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Members $25, Non-Members $35
Register at: http://conta.cc/2wBDbqH
Prerequisite: One must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the initiation. One must also be celibate on that day.

As the embodiment of the Great Wisdom Mother, Green Tara is the Savior of all beings. Meditation on Green Tara is believed to be very effective in releasing beings from distressing circumstances both great and small.

Her Eminence Dagyum Kusho Sakya, also known as H.E. Dagmo Kusho, 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. Dagyum Kusho is the widow of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. She is currently the Acting Head Lama of the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, WA. Dagyum Kusho specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

 

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