Sunday, August 14
Offered By H.H. Sakya Trizin
Doors Open at 1:00 pm
Empowerment – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Center for Spiritual Living, 5801 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105-2147
Registration Fees: Adults $50, Seniors (65+) $45 each (Use discount code: SENIOR), Children (Ages 3 – 14) $15 each (Use discount code: CHILD), Monastics: Free (register by contacting the Monastery).
Please register by going to www.regonline.com/trizin.
Note: It is beneficial to be vegetarian the day of the Empowerment, but it is not strictly required.
This Chenrezi Empowerment has the distinction of being the first Buddhist empowerment ever bestowed in Tibet. The Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, who is credited with bringing Buddhism to the Tibetan people, first gave this empowerment in the 7th century. In Tibetan Buddhism, Chenrezi is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Chenrezi is the most popular of all Buddhist deities, except for Buddha himself, and is beloved throughout the Buddhist world. He is known by different names in different lands: as Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit language of India, as Kuan-yin in China, and as Kannon in Japan.
The Chenrezi meditation is practiced in all the great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. King Songtsen Gampo was believed to be an emanation of Chenrezi, as are some of the most respected meditation masters (lamas), like His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Receiving the Chenrezi Empowerment is a blessing and offers special benefits to those who attend, to those who recite the Chenrezi mantra (Om Mani Padme Hung ), and to those who do a daily Chenrezi spiritual practice.
Chenrezi can be viewed as an archetypal spiritual being who is the complete manifestation of loving kindness and compassion. When we imagine what it would be like to be Chenrezi, completely loving, kind and compassionate, we increase the love, kindness and compassion in our lives and experience the wisdom that leads to becoming an enlightened being.
Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, due to limited seating. If space allows, tickets will be available at the door.