Manjushri Initiation

Sunday, November 14 at 10:00 AM
Location: Shrine Room
Registration Fee: $30 Public, $25 Members
Translator: Upasaka Jeff Schoening

Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of Discriminating Insight. He holds the flaming sword for cutting through the fog of ignorance in one hand and the text of the Perfection of Wisdom in the other. Many lamas of the Sakya Khon lineage are regarded as emanations of Manjushri.

REQUIREMENT: During the 24 hours after the empowerment, one must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol. One must also be celibate during those hours.

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 Wangchuk, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö and Dingo Khyentse Robsal 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.