Dharma Lecture: Parting From The Four Forms Of Clinging

Lecturer: H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, June 26
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:  Public $50, Members $35

Newcomers and seasoned students alike are all welcome to attend a Dharma Talk on one of the most important teachings at the heart of the Sakya tradition, ‘Parting from the Four Forms of Clinging’. Revealed in four lines to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the founding master of the lineage, by Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, the instructions summarize the key aspects of Buddhist mind training and have been passed down from master to disciple in an unbroken transmission to the present generation of Sakya Khön Lineage Holders. Drawing on the classic explanations of Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen and the oral instructions of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang, His Eminence will guide us into practical ways of learning the profound view, meditation and way of life in Mahayana Buddhism.

His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. He was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang Family in Seattle in 1993. At the young age of six, he began his training in India in order 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 Dorje Chang.  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 2009 Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010.  To gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition, he is successfully building on his extensive learning of the Buddha Dharma with a program of study and dialectics.