Offered by: H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $35, Members $30
Out of his great compassion, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya will be sharing with us his life experiences and the knowledge he learned from his teachers for the benefit of our spiritual growth and development. This is a very precious opportunity to hear directly from the eldest lama in the Sakya tradition and one of the highest Tibetan lamas living today. Dagchen Rinpoche will give two talks on his experiences with his root gurus and teachers: Khenchen Sangye Rinchen, Pelob Shakra Sangye, H.H. Ngawang Thutop Wangchuk, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Jamyang Chökyi Lodro.
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 Sakya lineage, the Sakya Vajrakilaya, the Hevajra and the complete Lamdre Tsogshe, from his father, H.H. Trichen Ngawang Thutop Wangchuk, 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.