Dharma Lecture: Mudras, Malas, and How to Use the Ritual Instruments

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, April 17th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $45 Public, $30 Members
Please bring mala, bell, dorje, and damaru (small Tibetan drum) if you have them.

As a Vajrayana practitioner you will learn different mudras. It is essential that we learn the meaning and significance of these mudras and how to perform them. It is good to know about the different colors and the types of beads that are used to make the malas. In addition, we will learn about ritual instruments, their significance, and how to use them. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will be happy to consecrate/bless the instruments that you bring to the session.

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.

Meditation Series: Vipassana and Shamatha Meditation

Lecturer: Venerable Lekshay Sangpo
Mondays: April 13th, 20th and 27th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested donation: $30 Public or $20 Members, per class

There are countless types of meditation, some being thousands of years old. This class will teach two older types which are from ancient India.

They are still practiced today: Shamantha (calm abiding) and Vipashyana (insight). Both of these have countless benefits. I will teach both types in this three week class. The first two classes will be on Calm Abiding and the third class will focus on Insight Meditation.

These classes are for both beginners and current practitioners. Sitting (meditating) in a group is very powerful. Venerable Lekshay recommends reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki and Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenberg.

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing. Beginners bring some big, fluffy socks for knee support.

Venerable Lekshay Sangpo studied Zen Buddhism for 20 years. After seeing the Dalai Lama in Seattle in 1993, he became a Tibetan Buddhist. He found H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche in 1994, and has been a student of his ever since. He received his getsul (novice) vows in 2001, and his gelung (Bhikshu) vows in 2004, both from H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in Nepal. He has been living, studying, and teaching Dezhung Rinpoche and the monks at Tharlam Monastery in Nepal parttime since 2000.

Dharma Discussion Series: Three Visions

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sundays, April 10th, May 22nd, July 31st, August 21st, and September 25
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). This is the 6th and final class in the series. He asks that we attend each teaching session before reading the related material in the book.

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.

Refuge Ceremony

His Eminence Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, April 10
Time: 11:00 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 formally becomes a Buddhist. For more information or to sign-up, please call 206-789-2573 or e-mail monastery@sakya.org.

HE Avikirita Rinpoche Seated

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.

Dharma Discussion Group - The Path of Awakening, Mapping it All Out

Instructor: Ken Hockett
Saturdays: April 9th, May 14th and June 11th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Library
Free, donations accepted; all are welcome

The purpose of the Dharma Discussion Group is to provide an informal open forum for Buddhist practitioners, students or people interested in the Buddhist path to come and ask questions and/or discuss any and all aspects of Buddhist philosophy and practice in general and Tibetan Buddhist practice in particular. What is this all about? What are the options for practice? What are my commitments? What is important and what is not? People can ask questions, express concerns, personal or general and connect with other practitioners. Everyone is welcome to come and participate in whatever way they wish.

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 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.


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