Dharma Event: Chu Tsa (Water Tsa-tsas)

Led by: H.E. Dagmo Kusho and Ven. Khen Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, October 4th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Carkeek Park
Suggested contribution: Free, donations accepted
Prerequisite: None

Tsa-tsa are small clay statues of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas formed in molds. Chu Tsa are tsa-tsas done with water instead of clay. Participants will fill the tsa-tsa molds with water at the beach and the small creek while chanting prayers. Traditionally, these statues have many benefits. For this project, the tsa-tsa are for world peace, the long-life of H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.E. Dagmo Kusho and other masters, for accumulating merit for yourself and for the benefit of all beings in water. Making these water tsatsas brings benefit to all beings.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya was born in Kham, Eastern Tibet. As the niece of one of the most highly realized Sakya Masters of the twentieth century, H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche III, her training in Buddhist practice began at an early age. She has received extensive teachings and empowerments from many great lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism throughout her lifetime. Dagmola is married to H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmola specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

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.