Compiled by: His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
For more information on Blessing & Ceremonies contact Sakya Monastery.
Taking refuge is the first step on the Buddhist Path to Enlightenment. It is a formal ceremony during which a person officially becomes a Buddhist. For most, it is a natural outgrowth of learning about Buddhism and comes about because of an inner sense of connection with the teachings. In short, taking refuge is a very special blessing that makes it easier to do the spiritual practices that make oneself a better person and ultimately become enlightened.
To Sponsor a Deity Empowerment – Call the office or see Adrienne Chan
Dedication of Merit (Both Simple & Elaborate Versions)
- Helps heal and relieve the suffering of a loved one or animal who is sick, ill or with a serious disease.
- As a mourning practice, Dedication of Merit assists the person or animal to have a quick and successful rebirth.
- Celebrate your anniversary as a Buddhist.
- Celebrate world events and important occasions.
Green Tara, Mandala Offering, 21 Tara, or Mahakala
- Remove obstacles and negative forces for important events like a business meeting, a trip, an exam, a big sporting event, etc.
- “Clear the path.”
Blessing or Consecration of Land, Home, Business or Store
- Harmonious energy
- Reduced sickness
- Long life
Consecration of Statues, Stupas, Tangkas, Malas and Other Religious Objects
A statue or stupa without consecration is empty. It is not correct to leave religious objects empty on a shrine, they need to be filled with “tsung shu” – valued items like secret relics, fragments of special stones, mantras, jewels, medicines, grains, etc.
This spiritual practice turns empty objects into sacred objects. Consecration is only available to Buddhist practitioners.
Note: A limited number of consecrated statues are available for purchase at Sakya Monastery; see Gillian Teichert.
“Sur” – The Complete 49-Day Spiritual Practice as Described in “The Tibetan Book of the Dead”
- Facilitates person’s passage through the Bardo.
- Purges attachment to objects.
Chak-Mo – Divination
Get a direct “Yes” or “No” answer on important decisions, i.e., home, business, marriage, relationship, etc. Any doubt you want to resolve. Note that this is only available to Buddhist practitioners.
Contact Sakya Monastery Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – noon to arrange for a blessing or ceremony.
Note: There is a brochure and a notebook available upon request that provides complete details on all the above ceremonies.
Sakya Monastery of Tibet Buddhism
108 NW 83rd Street
Seattle, WA 98117 USA