Offered By H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Sunday, April 17th at 10:00 AM
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya will bestow the Amitabha Powa transmission and give instructions on how to do the practices. Powa occurs at the time of death, it is the transference of the consciousness to Dewachen, the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha.
There are two types of powa practices: Death Powa (Shimbo) and Life Powa (Sumbo). Life Powa prepares us for the moment of our own death. Death Powa is performed on behalf of the deceased. We can effectively perform these beneficial practices, if we are sincere and have unwavering belief that the guru is inseparable from Amitabha.
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 Wangchul, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi and Dingo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.
In 1960, H.H. J.D. Sakya was invited to work on a Univ. 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 Sakya Tegchen Choling, a center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. In 1984, the center became the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.