Kunrig Empowerment

Bestowed by Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, March 6
Time: 9:00 am - Noon (Prayers)
1:30 pm (Empowerment)
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $50, Members $35
Prerequisite: Must be vegetarian the entire day of the empowerment

Kunrig is the main deity in the Elimination of Bad Rebirths (past, present, and future). There will be an introduction, explanation, empowerment (wang) of the Kunrig (Sarvavid-Vairocana) practice. This empowerment helps to prepare oneself for the time of death. Receiving this empowerment will be of great benefit to oneself, past, present, and future generations of one’s family, beings in the bardo, those who are suffering and sick, and all sentient beings. The empowerment helps to clear our body, speech, and mind of obscurations, attachments and desires in this life, after passing, during the bardo, and in the next life. After receiving this empowerment, one can participate in the 49 days memorial and spiritual practices that lamas traditionally perform near the time of death.

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.

White Manjushri Initiation

By H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: No Set Amount
Prerequisite: Vegetarian before the Initiation

Mañjuśrī is the great Bodhisattva embodying the wisdom of all the Buddhas. Many of the Khön dynasty members, like Sakya Paṇḍita, have been revered as emanations of Mañjuśrī and it is considered especially powerful to receive a Mañjuśrī initiation from a Lama of the Sakya Khön lineage to awaken wisdom and intelligence in the mind. So although it is very short notice, it is very auspicious that H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will bestow the uncommon initiation of White Mañjuśrī that comes from Master Mati this Friday.

This impromptu initiation is being bestowed at the special request of overseas students visiting Seattle and for the benefit of Rinpoche's own extended family members. He has kindly allowed for other members and the public to attend.

His Eminence Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden, was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang in Seattle in 1993. At the tender age of six, he began his training in India to 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 Sakya. 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 annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010. There he is successfully building on his extensive learning in the Buddha- Dharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition.

8th Annual Live Animal Release

For the Long Life and Good Health of H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho, our Lamas, and Buddhist Teachers of All Schools

Saturday, February 6
Time: Meet at Sakya Monastery at 8:30 am or in Anacortes at 10:30 am

Tibetan Buddhists have traditionally practiced releasing animals otherwise destined for slaughter (semchen tsetar tangpa). For the animals whose lives are saved, the freedom and relief from being killed helps to bring happiness to them. The practice generates an immense amount of merit that we can dedicate for the benefit of all sentient beings. We will be raising funds to release Dungeness crabs into their natural habitat and be dedicating it for the long life and good health of our precious teachers. This activity brings long-life and good health to the participants and donors.

This event is extra special because H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche will be joined by H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche, H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche and H.E. Asanga Rinpoche along with members of the Sakya family, our lamas, and Sakya Monastery members and friends for this year’s animal release in Anacortes. We are extremely fortunate to have H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche leading the prayers. Please join others to carpool up to Anacortes at 8:30 am or you can arrange to meet in Anacortes at 10:30 am. Maps will be made available.

We are collecting donations for the animal release. Note that 100% of all donations collected for this event are used towards purchase of the animals. Donations can be made through the Sakya Monastery website (see Paypal button below). Donations can also be made by check or cash. Please make donations by February 3rd.

For more information, please contact the Monastery, Tulku Yeshi (206-390-6567) or Kristine Honda (425-503-2251).



Dharma Discussion Series: Three Visions

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sundays, February 28th and March 20th
(Spring quarter dates TBD)
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $45 Public, $30 Members, per talk
Students receive free copy of Three Visions

Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will teach and give a commentary on the Three Visions: Fundamental Teaching of the Sakya Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism by Ngorchen Kunchog Lhundrub. This text is from the 16th century CE and often serves as the preliminary teachings for the Sakya Lamdre (The path with its result). Khenpo Jampa will teach this in a 5 part series spanning winter and spring quarters. He asks that we attend each teaching session before reading the related material in the book. There will be a question and answer session with Khenpo Jampa on Saturday, March 19 and one in spring quarter.

Course covers:
- Instructions on the impure vision
- The instructions on the difficulty of obtaining the prerequisites
- Instruction on the visions and non-virtuous deeds and their results
- The instructions on the vision of experience
- The instructions on the pure vision

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.

Granting the Attainment of Wisdom - A Special Teaching on the Practice of "The Litany of Epithets of Arya Manjushri"

By H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $50, Members $35
Prerequisite: None

One of the most important primary texts memorised by the Sangha in Sakya monasteries is “The Litany of Epithets of Arya Manjushri” (the Namasamgiti or jampal tsen-joe in Tibetan). It is recited everyday at the Sakya Monlam each year and considered the most powerful chant composed by the Buddha to accumulate merit directed to awakening for the benefit all sentient beings. H.E. Sakya Dungse Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will bestow a special teaching on this practice suited to newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike, and will also provide recipients with copies of His new booklet, “Granting the Attainment of Wisdom”, which includes the full text in Tibetan and English along with clear guidelines of the visualisations and meditations needed for its recitation.

Sunday Chenrezi will be cancelled and Avikrita Rinpoche will lead everyone in reciting the text once he has taught the practice. However, personal dedications, etc. can still be made as the Namasamgiti is also good for that.

His Eminence Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden, was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang in Seattle in 1993. At the tender age of six, he began his training in India to 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 Sakya. 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 annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010. There he is successfully building on his extensive learning in the Buddha- Dharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition.

 

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