Dharma Lecture: Two Ways of Knowing Phenomena

Lecturer: Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggestion Donation: Members $20, Non-Members $30

This will be a comprehensive presentation on these two sides of mind by defining specific characteristic, identifying respective objects and differentiating mode of complex comprehensions. In particular, Geshe Jamyang will emphasize the importance of applying these topics to our daily lives, and in our dharma paths toward both immediate sense of ascertainment in following the intended paths and finally leading to the ultimate awakened mind.

This talk is mainly based on the Sakya Pandita’s text entitled “Treasure of (Buddhist) Epistemology and Reasonings,” as well as Geshe Jamyang’s decades of psychological and clinical knowledge/experience developed while living here in the West.

Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim received his “Loppon” an advanced degree in Indo-Tibetan Psychological/Philosophical studies from Sakya (Monastic) College in India after studying 10 consecutive years under the late Khenchen Appy Rinpoche. He then served as a faculty member teaching Buddhist philosophical studies for two years at the Sakya Institute, Puruwala, India. He became a close attendant/translator for the late H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche III in Nepal for several years. After arriving in USA, Jamyang was officially appointed as a resident dharma teacher in Olympia, WA by H. H. Dagchen Dorje Chang in 1988 and has been serving as a Dharma teacher for the last 29 years. He was a former Tibetan Buddhist monk for twenty years. He is also a founder of the Nalanda Institute (Center for Buddhist Studies and Meditations) in Olympia. Jamyang was a visiting faculty member teaching Sakya Pandita’s Buddhist logic and Epistemology at IBA, Nepal in 2002.

In the west, he then received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 1997 from Saint Martin’s University and his B.A. from The Evergreen State College in 1992 with an emphasis in Western Psychology. He has been practicing as a mental health therapist since 1990 and is a WA state licensed mental health counselor as well as works as a therapist at the Evergreen State College. He also teaches at the same college mainly East/West Psychology, Buddhist Epistemological and psychological model of mind emotion and specializes in a clinical application of mindfulness in mental health issues as well as well-being in a daily life.

Special Lecture: The Five Dhyani Buddhas

By Stephanie Prince
January 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Donation: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members

This session will focus on the five Dhyani Buddhas (also known as the five Tathagata Buddha Families): Ratnasambhava, Akshobya, Vairocana, and Amitabha, and Amoghasiddhi. We will learn about the five Dhyani Buddhas’ attributes, associations, and what they represent. We will also learn about their pledges. The class will include a short meditation on the mandala of the five Dhyani Buddhas and will help you to better understand who they are and their importance in our meditations.

Stephanie Prince has studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition for more than 40 years and holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington. She has received teachings and major initiations in the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Sakya LamDre (Path with its Fruit), both the Lamdre Tsogshay and the Lamdre Lobshay. She has taught on general Buddhism and has guided Buddhist ritual classes at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. She also serves as a Buddhadharma mentor and VEI catalog editor.

Dharma Lecture: The Four Freedoms

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, January 14
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members

“Free from assertions regarding philosophical views,
Free from mental fabrication in meditation,
Free from accepting and rejecting regarding conduct,
Free from hope and fear concerning the result:
These four, which established the practices and characteristics
of the Three Doors of Liberation, are the ultimate topics
of the four philosophical systems.”

We say this on Sundays during Chenrezi, but what does it really mean?

Join Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche to explore this topic, which establishes the practices and characteristics of the Three Doors of Liberation*, the ultimate topics of the four philosophical systems.

* The Three Doors of Liberation will be covered in a separate class on March 11.

Ven. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche comes to us from the Dzongsar Insitute in North India, where he taught and served as library director for many years. He received his Degree of Acharya after nine years of study and graduated from Dzongsar University with a Ph.D. in philosophy. Following his 13 years of study, he was ordained an Abbott (Khenpo) in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. He also spent three years of silent retreat in Tibet. He has received empowerments from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and from many great masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa, and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse. He now teaches intermediate and advanced level classes on Buddhist philosophy, sutra and highest yoga tantra all over the world. He is also the founder and president of Tibetan Education Foundation, as well as the president of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America.

Live Stream from Taiwan - The Way of Invinvible Love (H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche)

Friday and Saturday, January 12-13
Time: 6:00 pm each day
Location: The talk is in Taipei but will be Live Streamed to the Sakya Monastery Cultural Hall
Free, donations accepted; all are welcome

Maitreya is the future Buddha prophesied by Shakyamuni to be fifth of the thousand Buddhas of the fortunate era. Even now, Maitreya is said to reside in the celestial realm of Tushita as one of the eight closest sons of the Buddha and the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ immeasurable loving kindness, working to bring happiness to all sentient beings.

The Majestic Aspiration of Maitreya Part 1
Friday, January 12, 6pm
As a great Bodhisattva, Maitreya made a majestic aspiration before Shakyamuni Buddha to become a Buddha himself, which Shakyamuni then recounted in the Stack of Jewels Sutra. By reciting this aspiration ourselves, we recollect and evoke all the most important factors for living the Bodhisattva’s way of life and reaching Buddhahood. Moreover, the aspiration purifies all negativity and increases merits for a positive future for ourselves and all sentient beings.
The transmission of this sacred text has survived in an unbroken lineage from the Buddha down to Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche, who will not only bestow the transmission but explain the deep meaning of the prayer, especially how to practice the six transcendent perfections of the Mahayana path.

The Majestic Aspiration of Maitreya Part 2
Saturday, January 13, 6pm
Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will complete his explanation of this precious teaching and conclude by bestowing the transmission of Maitreya’s Promise, another special text from the sutras that includes mantras to bring oneself as well as deceased loved ones and even animals a favourable future, and to be in Maitreya’s presence when he manifests enlightenment, as well as fulfilling our wishes and increasing wealth. He will also bestow the transmission of Maitreya’s Hundred and Eight Names, with its great dharani-mantra for world peace, which relieves all troubles, conflict, and negativity.

His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Sakya, the Head Lama of the Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang, was born in Seattle on May 26, 1993, the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. At the age of six, he began his training in India to follow in the footsteps of his noble Khon forebears. Since that time, he has received an uninterrupted stream of transmissions and teachings from his grandfather His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya (1929-2016), including the Lamdre Tsogshay, from His Holiness Sakya Trizin including the Lamdre Lobshe, and from many high Lamas of the Sakya tradition.

Having mastered the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completed meditation retreats, and presided as Vajra Master of the annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Ghoom, Darjeeling, H.E. Avikrita Sakya enrolled in 2010 at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research. There he is successfully building on his extensive learning in the BuddhaDharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition. As well, since 2016, he has assumed the role of revision teacher (teaching assistant) at Dzongsar Institute.

For more than eight years, H.E. Avikrita Sakya has been sharing his rich Dharma teachings with warmth, clarity and wisdom around the world.

Special Lectures: The Pragmatic Teachings of the Buddha

Wednesdays, January 10 and 24
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested Donation: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members

Based on the book After Buddhism by Stephen Batchelor, this class reviews fundamental Buddhist teachings:  the Four Noble Truths, the Two Truths, and Dependent Arising. We will consider the effects of the spread of Brahmanism in India and of doctrinal orthodoxy in shaping the transmission of these teachings. In addition, the Four Tasks and Two Grounds are presented as pragmatic and accessible teachings of the Buddha to be gleaned from the Pali scriptures. In that connection, we will investigate Batchelor’s four central ideas representing the uniqueness of the Buddha’s teachings:

· the principle of conditionality
· the practice of a fourfold task
· the perspective of mindful awareness
· the power of self-reliance

Jeffrey Schoening (Upasaka), holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies, and 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 of teachings on dependent arising. He served as a health care chaplain at Swedish Medical Center and Northwest Kidney Center and is currently a private practice spiritual director.

 

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