Tsa-sur (pungent aroma ritual) Teaching and Loong (reading transmission) of An Ocean of Compassion
By H.E. Sakya Dhungsey Abhaya Vajra Rinpoche
Sunday, February 16th
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Donations accepted
One of the regular practices of Sakya Monastery is the meditation on Chenrezi entitled “An Ocean of Compassion,” which in the Sakya tradition combines Great Compassion and Mahamudra. A special practice derived from this is called tsa-sur, the pungent aroma ritual that is conducted every afternoon in the Phuntsok Phodrang Sakya Heritage Society in India. It is a unique way of making offerings to the objects of refuge as well as benefiting the deceased as they pass through the bardos. It also benefits the local deities. It not only accrues vast merit and aids those who have passed away, but also helps the environment, a cause close to Abhaya Rinpoche’s heart. We are very fortunate that Rinpoche has offered to guide us through the tsa-sur ritual in English with the added blessing of the reading transmission (rLung, pronounced loong) for “An Ocean of Compassion” in Tibetan.
His Eminence Khondung Abhaya Vajra Sakya, the younger son of H.E. Zaya Vajra Sakya and Dagmo Lhanze Youden, was born in Seattle in 1997. At the age of 11, he joined his brother H.E. Sakya Dungse Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche in India to pursue his education in the Sakya tradition. At the age of 12, he expressed his strong wish to receive monastic ordination. He received his monastic vows from H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche in an ordination ceremony witnessed by H.E. Luding Khenshon Rinpoche, H.E. Khangsar Shabdrung Rinpoche, Ven. Antro Tulku and the Abbot of the Sakya Vajrayana College, Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen, at the Ngor Luding Ladrang in Manduwala, India.