Chenrezi Initiation

Bestowed by H.E. Khondung Avikrita Sakya
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $40, Members $30, Children 12 and under $15

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Through the meditation on Chenrezi (Avalokiteshvara), one develops loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta. Buddha taught that “love” is the wish for all beings to experience happiness, that “compassion” is the aspiration that they be free from all suffering, and that “bodhicitta” is the mind dedicated to attaining enlightenment for the benefit for all beings.

His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Sakya Rinpoche is Head Lama of Sakya Monastery in Seattle. He is the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden and was born into the illustrious Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang in Seattle in 1993. At the age of six, he began his training in India to 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 late grandfather, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya 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. He enrolled at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research in 2010, where he mastered the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completed meditation retreats and presided as Vajra Master of the annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Darjeeling. There he is successfully building on his extensive learning in the Buddha-Dharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition.


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