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7:00pm Mahakala Initiation
April 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Bestowed by H.E. Gyana Vajra Rinpoche
Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:00 pm Check-in and preparation for welcoming ceremony
7:00 pm Mahakala Initiation begins
Suggested Donation: $55 Members, $75 Non-Members
Online Registration is closed. You can still register at the door.
This initiation is open to all Buddha Dharma practitioners who have taken Refuge.
Sakya Monastery is pleased to announce that His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche will bestow the Mahakala initiation. Mahakala is one of the most revered Tibetan protector deities. His purpose is to protect the Dharma and to help in overcoming negative obstacles on one’s path to enlightenment.
After receiving the Mahakala initiation, one should commit to do the Mahakala practice in one or more of the following ways:
- Recite the short (5 minute) Mahakala Practice (available at Sakya Monastery Shop) at least twice a month on the 14th and 29th day of each Tibetan lunar month
- Join the regular one hour monthly Mahakala puja/religious service at Sakya Monastery on the 29th day of each Tibetan lunar month.
- Complete a Vajrapani retreat to enable one to do the Mahakala puja/religious service alone at home.
His Eminence Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche was born in Dehradun, Northern India, on 5th July 1979, the tenth day of the fifth lunar month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, on the holy birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. His’s birth was accompanied by auspicious signs, blessing the Sakya Dolma Phodrang with the arrival of a second lineage holder of the glorious Sakyapa Khön Tradition.
His Eminence was given the Sanskrit name of Gyana Vajra (Tibetan: Yeshe Dorje), a practice that began with the birth of his noble father, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trichen. At the age of four, he began to read and write in Tibetan, and was remarkably proficient in his learning. Under the guidance of his noble father and of Venerable Lama Rinchen Sangpo, his early years were dedicated to the study of religious texts, reading, writing, grammar, memorization of the main Sakya prayers and the performance of rituals.
To read more about His Eminence, please visit: https://www.glorioussakya.org/history/hegvs/