Ngondro Retreat

Saturday and Sunday, July 16 - 17
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  $165 Public, $125 Members (Includes metered Ngondro Manual)

The fundamental Buddhist practice known as Ngon-dro has its root in the seven-limb practices taught in the Samantabhadra’s prayer. In Vajrayana Buddhism, they have been developed into the following six practices: (1) Refuge, (2) Prostration, (3) Bodhicitta, (4) Vajrasattva meditation, (5) Mandala offering and (6) Guru Yoga. All Tibetan Buddhist Sadhana practices have all these components, but many do not know their meanings. These are foundation of all Tibetan Buddhist practices.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche, who completed 100,000 practices of all the above in thirteen months as part of the three and half year Lamdre meditation retreat in Lumbini (1976-1980) under the tutelage of Kyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche will teach on these fundamental practices on the basis of a short and concise text written by the late Dezhung Tulku Rinpoche. He has been conducting annual retreats on these for 30 years. The sessions will cover both theory and practice sessions. All are asked to bring your Vajra, bell and Mandala sets. Anyone who follows Tibetan Buddhism will benefit from these teachings and practices.  

Lama Choedak Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master from Australia. Rinpoche has trained under some of the great masters as well as completing a three and a half year solitary meditation retreat. He is a Buddhist scholar, a highly sought after public speaker and has a special interest in making the Buddha’s teachings accessible to Westerners. He has been teaching Calm Abiding Meditation to Westerners for over 25 years. Lama Choedak Rinpoche’s profound explanation of meditation and its everyday relevance is renowned for its lucidity, authenticity and humor. Rinpoche is the founder of Sakya Losal Choe Dzong in Canberra, Australia.

Dharma Lecture: Transcending Duality

Friday, July 15th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $45 Public, $30 Members

So much suffering in life can be traced back to thinking about things in only black and white terms - good versus evil, long versus short, male versus female, us versus them. Buddhism emphasises how thinking dualistically is the root cause of our suffering. How do we break free from the traps of rigid thinking and see the lighter side of life? Lama Choedak Rinpoche, will give practical teachings on how to remove ourselves from the clutches of dualistic thinking, and in doing so find the path to a more peaceful and harmonious way of living.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master from Australia. Rinpoche has trained under some of the great masters as well as completing a three and a half year solitary meditation retreat. He is a Buddhist scholar, a highly sought after public speaker and has a special interest in making the Buddha’s teachings accessible to Westerners. He has been teaching Calm Abiding Meditation to Westerners for over 25 years. Lama Choedak Rinpoche’s profound explanation of meditation and its everyday relevance is renowned for its lucidity, authenticity and humor. Rinpoche is the founder of Sakya Losal Choe Dzong in Canberra, Australia.

Dharma Lecture: Parting From The Four Forms Of Clinging

Lecturer: H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, June 26
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  Public $50, Members $35

Newcomers and seasoned students alike are all welcome to attend a Dharma Talk on one of the most important teachings at the heart of the Sakya tradition, ‘Parting from the Four Forms of Clinging’. Revealed in four lines to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the founding master of the lineage, by Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, the instructions summarize the key aspects of Buddhist mind training and have been passed down from master to disciple in an unbroken transmission to the present generation of Sakya Khön Lineage Holders. Drawing on the classic explanations of Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen and the oral instructions of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang, His Eminence will guide us into practical ways of learning the profound view, meditation and way of life in Mahayana Buddhism.

His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. He was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang Family in Seattle in 1993. At the young age of six, he began his training in India in order follow in the footsteps of his noble Khön forebears. Since that time, he has received an uninterrupted stream of transmissions and teachings, including the Lamdre Tsogshay, from his grandfather H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang.  He has also received many teachings from his paternal grand-uncle H.H. Sakya Trizin (including the Lamdre Lobshe), and 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 2009 Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010.  To gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition, he is successfully building on his extensive learning of the Buddha Dharma with a program of study and dialectics.

Refuge Ceremony

Led by H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, June 26
Time: 11:15 am
Location: Shrine Room

Taking refuge is the first step on the Buddhist path to enlightenment. Refuge is a formal ceremony during which a person officially becomes a Buddhist and receives a Dharma name.  Be sure to bring on the day of the Refuge Ceremony the following items:

Flowers, incense, candles and/or a monetary offering for the Shrine and monetary offerings for the Lama and 2-3 attendants.  In addition, please bring two Katags (one will be left on the altar and one will be offered to the Lama and then returned to you).  Katags can be purchased at the Monastery.

Please contact the Sakya Monastery Office for more information or to sign-up.

His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. He was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang Family in Seattle in 1993. At the young age of six, he began his training in India in order follow in the footsteps of his noble Khön forebears. Since that time, he has received an uninterrupted stream of transmissions and teachings, including the Lamdre Tsogshay, from his grandfather H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang.  He has also received many teachings from his paternal grand-uncle H.H. Sakya Trizin (including the Lamdre Lobshe), and 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 2009 Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010.  To gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition, he is successfully building on his extensive learning of the Buddha Dharma with a program of study and dialectics.

8th Annual Saka Dawa Retreat

Led by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel RinpocheLed by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel Rinpoche
Saturday, May 21st
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Retreat fee: None, donations accepted
Includes vegetarian lunch at the Monastery
Please RSVP by May 19th

Due to the ongoing Parinirvana Pujas for H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, we are combing two meritorious activities: the Saka Dawa Nyen Nay retreat and the Guru Puja Prayer Service. As a result, the schedule for the day has changed. The Guru Puja Prayers Services will be held from 10am-Noon and 2-4 pm. Those taking Nyen Nay vows at 9:00 am can remain and participate during these prayers if they like and they may also participate in the 4:15 pm 1,000 Arm Chenrezi Nyen Nay practice that will be led by Khenpo Jampa. Please attend as your schedule allows.

There is no registration fee for taking the vows or attending the pujas, but attendees can make an offering to the lamas performing the pujas. All participants should plan to be vegetarian for the entire day. (No meat, eggs, alcohol, garlic, onions, or ginger.)

Schedule for Saturday
9:00 AM - Participants receive the Nyen Nay vows. These are kept for 24 hours to purify oneself.
Led by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel.

10:00 AM - Noon Guru Puja Prayer Service
Led by Khenpo Dakpa Woeser, from Sakya Tsechen Ling Institute in France.

Noon - 2:00 PM - Free Vegetarian lunch for participants

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Guru Puja Prayer Service
Led by Khenpo Dakpa Woeser, from Sakya Tsechen Ling Institute in France.

4:15 PM - After a short break, the 1,000 Arm Chenrezi Nyen Nay practice continues. Please bring flower, candle and tsok offering.
Led by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel.

If you must end your retreat early, please remember to dedicate Merit.

Ven. Khen 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.

 

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