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Note: All donations benefit Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism (in Seattle) directly.
If you wish to donate specifically to our Bathroom Renovation project, you can use this button:
To make a general donation to Sakya Monastery:
1) Make an online donation via PayPal – simply click on “Donate” below. It’s easy, safe and secure.
2) Mail your donation to:
Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
108 NW 83rd Street
Seattle, WA 98117 USA
3) Or call us weekday mornings 8:00 am to Noon.
To make a donation on behalf of or in memory of a loved one, please enter the person’s name in the PayPal form or in your letter mailed to Sakya Monastery.
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To download our latest catalog of VEI Classes, use the link below. Please note that the schedule of classes can change after the publication of the catalog. To confirm class dates, please check our online calendar.
VEI Catalog (PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat to view)
The Virupa Educational Institute (VEI) serves as the education branch of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, Washington. VEI was founded in 1998 by His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the Head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. VEI is a place where people learn about Tibetan Buddhism, and the specific spiritual practices of Sakya Monastery. VEI was named after Virupa, a great Indian Buddhist master who lived during the eight century.
Sakya Monastery & VEI
Tibetan Buddhist Spiritual Educational Curriculum
Dear Members and Friends:
Sakya Monastery’s Spiritual Education Curriculum (SEC) has been established to provide a structured set of courses so to enable people interested in Tibetan Buddhism to gradually learn the basic teachings and spiritual practices that are at the core of Sakya Monastery and Tibetan Buddhism. In order to make the introductory SEC classes more accessible, this quarter we are offering various 100 SEC level courses from 8:30am-9:45am every Sunday before Chenrezi. The SEC Sunday courses listed in the catalog do not have to be taken in sequence. We also offer other classes, programs, and Dharma lectures through VEI.
Secondly, we are adding some 200 and 300 level courses to be taught by some of our most experienced teachers and members.
May you enjoy learning the profound teachings of Lord Buddha.
Welcome to Sakya Monastery’s Shop! To visit the Sakya Monastery Shop in person, stop by after Sunday Chenrezi (around 11:15 am). The shop is open most Sundays.
We also have a small online store at Amazon. Use this link to Amazon to buy books published by Sakya Monastery.
The link below allows you to buy any other products from Amazon and still benefit the Monastery. Thank you!
Sakya Ambassadors are Sakya Monastery members who want to help new people feel comfortable at Sakya Monastery and answer their questions. The Ambassador program was initially formed to welcome people taking Refuge at Sakya Monastery by giving them the opportunity to ask questions and meet Sakya Monastery members in a relaxed, informal environment. After the Refuge ceremony, everyone is invited to go downstairs to the Cultural Hall for tea, cookies and lively conversation. While the Ambassadors are not lamas or teachers, if needed, they can direct people to the correct person to answer their spiritual questions.
As with other functions at Sakya Monastery, this program is staffed with volunteers. Please speak with Adrienne Chan, Sakya Monastery Executive Director if you would like to volunteer and help welcome people into the Buddhist life and the Sangha at Sakya Monastery.
Children and Youth are welcomed at the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. They are an integral part of the spiritual community and are greatly cherished. The programs for children at Sakya Monastery are created to help support families. They fill an important need that has been expressed by children, parents, and the larger community.
CHILDREN’S DHARMA PROGRAM
Sundays, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Cultural Hall
Teachers: Virginia Hassinger, Rhiannon Mayes, Karen Kopper
For children ages 5-12; No Fee ($5 donation is suggested to cover expenses for materials.)
The goal of the Children’s Dharma School is to introduce and explore age-appropriate Buddhist concepts and principles, using creative and varied modalities. Different curricula have been devised for younger and older children so that they are engaged and excited about learning. Included are historical accounts of Shakyamuni Buddha, folktales and legends traditionally taught in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as more intensive classes for the older children on such topics as the Four Noble Truths, the Six Perfections and other Buddhist principles.
There are exercises to help children develop meditation techniques as well as a variety of art activities. Guest speakers are invited to give the children lectures on special topics and there are occasional field trips, as well as opportunities to learn about other spiritual traditions. Parents may leave their children with the Dharma School while they attend Sunday Chenrezi meditation, or join the children’s classes as assistants or observers.
TEEN DHARMA PROGRAM
Sundays, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Teacher: Teresa Lamb
For children ages 12 & up; No Fee
Teen Program Vision:
It was the wish of our late, most compassionate Head Lama H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang that the Teen group at Sakya Monastery learn how to “Be Happy, Make Happy.” Teen Dharma school (founded by Teresa Lamb and Moses Tovar) accomplishes this by studying the teachings of the Buddha and the special prayers & practices of Tibetan Buddhism and weaving them together with the latest sources of information on living a happy life, Teens create the tools to become resilient, empowered, compassionate individuals and to “Be Happy, Make Happy” while meeting the challenges of today’s changing world. We also have guest speakers for special topics, and the very Special ongoing monthly Meditation and Instruction with Venerable Lekshay Sangpo.
-Refuge and Bodhicitta Prayers
-Meditation 10-15 minutes
-Study topic / discussion
-Optional Activity – Art, etc