Vajrakilaya Intitation

Sunday, September 13
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Translator: Dr. Jeffrey Schoening

The unique and powerful teachings of Vajrakilaya have been preserved by the Khön lineage in an unbroken transmission since the time of its inception. This special lineage of teachings was infused by the blessings of Padmasambhava and has been carried on to the present day. This profound practice of Vajrakilaya has the power to clear away obstacles and delusions, to free oneself and others from suffering, and to awaken compassion and enlightened awareness. A lecture on the Vajrakilaya practice will be given the same day by Chuck Pettis at 1:30 pm.
His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, Head Lama of Sakya Monastery, was born in Tibet in 1929. He continues the great Sakya lineage which began with Khon Konchok Gyalpo (1034—1102). He received teachings of the unbroken Khon lineage, the Sakya Vajrakilaya, the Hevajra and the complete Lamdre Tsogshe, from his father, H.H. Trichen Ngawang Thutop Wangchug, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi and Dingo Khyentse Rabsal Dawa.

In 1960, H.H. J.D. Sakya was invited to work on a University of WA research project on Tibetan civilization which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. At the request of students, he co-founded with H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche the Sakya Tegchen Choling, a center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. In 1984, the center became the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.