The Four Awakening Activities Registration

Bestowed by H.E. Sakya Khondung Avikrita Rinpoche
Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11, 2018

HEAvikrita Rinpoche with hat

 

To register for H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche's events, use the links below:

1. All 6 events (including the closing ceremony): http://conta.cc/2zISYJP

2. Session 1: http://conta.cc/2hHVSru

3. Session 2: http://conta.cc/2jA8RvG

4. Session 3: http://conta.cc/2yThS68

5. Session 4: http://conta.cc/2yUQ69f

6. Session 5: http://conta.cc/2irnnme

7. Closing Ceremony (no charge, but registration required): http://conta.cc/2ySyZ85

 

The Four Awakening Activities

Bestowed by H.E. Sakya Khondung Avikrita Rinpoche
Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11, 2018

HEAvikrita Rinpoche with hat

In Vajrayana Buddhism, practitioners use a diversity of skillful methods to accomplish what are known as the “four awakening activities”. These activities are not the ordinary actions of karma but the extraordinary expressions of the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion that bring ultimate benefit to the world.

In February 2018, we are pleased to announce that our Head Lama, H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche, will bestow four very special initiations and teachings related to the four awakening activities of pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and eliminating. Avikrita Rinpoche will bestow the initiations with in-depth explanations about the meaning of the four awakening activities and how we can integrate the practices into our daily lives.

Attendee and Sponsorship Pricing:

   All Sessions:  Members: $180, Nonmembers: $250
   Single Session:  Members: $55, Nonmembers: $75
   Available Sponsorships:  Full event: $1,000 (Gift: 4 thangkas), Single Session: $300 (Gift: 1 thangka)

There are several ways you can register:

   1. Online, via Paypal at  www.sakya.org/1056-awakening-registration
   2. By phone, with the Sakya Monastery Office at 206-789-2573. Please have your credit card number ready.
   3. By personal check on a US bank, to be mailed to the Monastery
   4. In person at the Monastery.

Most of the attendees will be seated on the floor. Please let us know if you require a chair.

In addition to your registration, you are welcome to sponsor The Four Awakening Activities event to keep ticket costs accessible to all. In gratitude for your support, you will receive preferred seating, the opportunity to make the mandala offering for an initiation, and a gift listed above.

Please phone or email the office at 206-789-2573 or monastery@sakya.org if you have any questions.


  DAY ONE

Session 1 - The Bodhisattva Vow
Saturday, February 10, 10am-12pm – Opening Ceremony
A Bodhisattva is one who has gone for refuge in the Mahayana tradition and avows to cross the ten levels to reach the stage of a Buddha by carrying out the four awakening activities for the benefit of all sentient beings. The foundation for achieving that goal is to formally take the Bodhisattva vow. In this beautiful traditional ceremony, Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will confer the vow and explain its profound significance according to the classic teachings of the Sakya Masters.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow.
Commitment: To keep the Bodhisattva vow.
Traditional offerings of flowers, incense, etc., may be offered by 9:30 am for the monks to arrange on the shrine before the ceremony begins.

Session 2 - The Initiation of Parnashavari
Saturday, February 10, 2pm-3pm – Pacifying
The aim of the awakening activity of pacifying is to cure the illnesses and clear the negative energy of afflictive emotions and environmental disturbances that can hinder Dharma practice. Of the many pacifying practices that the Buddha taught, the foremost healing method is the practice of the leaf-clad goddess of the wilderness, Parnashavari.
Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will be bestow the initiation that includes a powerful healing ritual and will also give the transmission for the traditional Sakya healing practices based on Parnashavari.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation.
Commitment: To cultivate bodhicitta.

Session 3 -  The Initiation of Vasudhara
Saturday, February 10, 4pm-5pm – Enriching
The aim of the awakening activity of enriching is to increase the merits, lifespan and resources needed to develop Dharma practice. Of the many enriching practices that the Buddha taught, the foremost enriching method is the practice of the golden goddess who dispels all deprivation, Vasudhara.
Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will bestow the uncommon initiation that includes a transmission for making the traditional water-offering practice for abundance and will also give the transmission for classic Sakya practices based on Vasudhara.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring bodhicitta.
Commitment: To cultivate bodhicitta.


  DAY TWO

Meditation: An Ocean of Compassion
Sunday February 11, 10am-12pm – Chenrezi
As usual on most Sundays at Sakya Monastery, the Chenrezi practice known as An Ocean of Compassion will be held, presided over by Rinpoche.

Session 4 - The Initiation of Kurukulle
Sunday, February 11, 2pm-3pm – Magnetizing
The aim of the awakening activity of magnetizing is to draw influence and all positive qualities that support Dharma practice into our lives. Of the many magnetizing practices that the Buddha taught, the foremost magnetizing method is the practice of the alluring goddess who enchants the whole world, Kurukulle.
Rinpoche will bestow the initiation of the uncommon White Kurukulle and will also give the transmission for classic Sakya practices based on Kurukulle.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation.
Commitment: To cultivate bodhicitta.

Session 5- The Initiation of Black Tara
Sunday, February 11, 4pm-5pm – Eliminating
The aim of the awakening activity of eliminating is to fully overcome all the obstacles to Dharma practice. Of the many eliminating practices the Buddha taught, the foremost eliminating method is the practice of the wrathful goddess who defeats all dark forces, Black Tara.
Rinpoche will bestow the initiation as well as the transmission for classic Sakya practices based on Black Tara.
Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation.
Commitment: To cultivate bodhicitta.

Closing: The Long-Life Mandala Offering
Sunday, February 11, 5pm-5.30pm – Closing Ceremony
In gratitude for receiving The Four Awakening Activities, a traditional mandala offering service will be held with prayers for the long life of Rinpoche and the Khön Lineage.


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.

 

 

Annual Holiday Sale of Himalayan Handicrafts

Sunday, December 3
Time: 11:00am – 4:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall and Library
Cost: FREE

Come see the cultural hall and library transformed into a marketplace of Tibetan vendors at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Items offered for sale include statues, prayer beads, jewelry, prayer flags, incense, clothing, art prints, books, CDs, and Himalayan art calendars. Many of these items make wonderful holiday gifts!

At 12:00 pm enjoy a free tour of the Monastery’s Shrine Room with its traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas, and triple life-sized golden Buddha statue. Tibetan tea will be served.

Dharma Lecture: Benefits of Animal Release

Lecturer: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, November 12th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $20 Members, $30 Non-Members
Prerequisite: None

Animal release is common in traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is part of the practice of generosity. For this practice, participants must know the appropriate place, time, and suitable animals, and which prayers to use. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will explain in detail the correct way to perform animal releases. He has had the opportunity to perform animal releases many times in both the East and the West.

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 forty 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.

Dharma Lecture: Understanding Guru Rinpoche Practice

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, November 5th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members
Prerequisite: Guru Rinpoche Initiation

In this follow up class to the Guru Rinpoche initiation, Venerable Khenpo Jampa discusses Guru Rinpoche and the benefits of this practice. He will also go over the Sadhana and instruments used in our monthly Tso Kor Puja practice. There will be time for questions at the end of class.

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.

Lecturer: Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, November 5th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members
Prerequisite: Guru Rinpoche Initiation

In this follow up class to the Guru Rinpoche initiation, Venerable Khenpo Jampa discusses Guru Rinpoche and the benefits of this practice. He will also go over the Sadhana and instruments used in our monthly Tso Kor Puja practice. There will be time for questions at the end of class.

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.

 

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