Bestowed By H.E. Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $40 members, $60 public
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The Vajrapani, known as Chagna Dorje in Tibetan, represents the power of the Buddha and the energy of the enlightened mind. He is one of the triad of Bodhisattva protectors (Sk: Trikulanatha, Tibetan: rigsum gonpo) consisting of Manjushri, Chenrezig, and Vajrapani. Vajrapani protects the practitioner from harm and removes the obstacles in their path with the thunderbolt held in his right hand. He is depicted in wrathful form and he is alternatively known as the Lord of Secrets and the Demon Subduer. The Vajrapani practice helps us to focus our life energy towards the goal of attaining enlightenment.
His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Sakya, the Head Lama of the Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang and Head Lama of Sakya Monastery, was born in Seattle on May 26, 1993, the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. 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 from his grandfather His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya (1929-2016), including the Lamdre Tsogshay, from his paternal grand-uncle His Holiness the Sakya Trichen including the Lamdre Lobshe, and from many high Lamas of the Sakya tradition. Having mastered the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completed meditation retreats, and presided as Vajra Master of the annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Ghoom, Darjeeling, H.E. Avikrita Sakya enrolled in 2010 at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research. There he is successfully building on his extensive learning in the BuddhaDharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition. Since 2016 H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche has been an instructor on many levels and currently is a teacher now of the Madhyamaka philosophy classes in Dzongsar. In addition, H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche is the founder of the International Marici Fellowship, and the Bhadracarya Foundation with its Annual Festival in Lumbini, Nepal. For more than a decade, H.E. Avikrita Sakya has been sharing his rich Dharma teachings with warmth, clarity and wisdom around the world.