Date: Sunday, January 8th
Time: 10:00 am PT
Well will celebrate H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche’s birthday with a Mandala Offering and prayers, including Chenrezi mantras.
Join us online for the livestream: www.sakya.org/live-streaming-video/
PDF of prayers for this Sunday: TBA
H.E. Khondung Abhaya Vajra Sakya, the younger son of H.E. Zaya Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden, was born in Seattle in 1997.At the age of 11, he joined his brother Khondung 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 Khen 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.
Since then, Abhaya Rinpoche has been continuously and devotedly studying the Dharma – the Tibetan Buddhist rituals, literature and grammar – as well as receiving teachings from his grandfather, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, H.H. the Sakya Trinzin, H. E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche and other high Lamas of the Sakya tradition.
Rinpoche has devoted most of his time and studies at the Sakya Education Centre in New Delhi. During the hot season, since 2009 he has spent every summer at the Sakya Ghoom Gonpa in Darjeeling. It was in 2009 that he attended his first Vajrakilaya (Phurdup) led by his brother Dhungsey Avikrita Rinpoche at Sakya Ghoom Monastery. It is during the Tibetan New Year that both Dhungseys Avirkita Rinpoche and Abhaya Rinpoche spend their winter break together joined by their parents either in India or Seattle, USA.