Date: Sunday, May 5th
Time: 10:00 am PT
We will celebrate H.E. Asanga Rinpoche’s birthday with a Mandala Offering and prayers, including Chenrezi mantras.
His Eminence Khöndung Asanga Vajra Sakya is the son of H.E. Khöndung Ani Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Chimey Drolkar. He is also the grandson of H.H. Dagchen Dorjechang Rinpoche and therefore a direct descendent of the unbroken Khön lineage which dates to pre-Eighth century. Asanga Rinpoche was born on May 1st, 1999, in Seattle, Washington.
In April of 2005, at the age of five, Asanga Vajra Rinpoche left Seattle for Nepal to begin his new life to study and train as a future Master of the Khön lineage. While at Tharlam Monastery in Nepal, Asanga Rinpoche received instructions and training from carefully selected monastic scholars. In 2007, Rinpoche received the Lamdre Tsogshay teachings from his paternal grandfather, H.H. Dagchen Dorjechang Rinpoche. The following year, Asanga Rinpoche received the Lamdre Lobshey teachings from his paternal grand-uncle H.H. the 41st Gongma Trichen Rinpoche. Rinpoche also received many other important empowerments, teachings, and instructions from other great Masters like H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, H.E. Appey Rinpoche, H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche as well as from his maternal grandfather, H.E. Garje Khamtul Rinpoche, a renowned Nyingmapa master.
In 2024, Khöndung Asanga Vajra Rinpoche completed his Buddhist Philosophical studies under the tutelage of the Venerable Khenchen Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche with whom Rinpoche had been studying since 2013. In the summer of 2024, Rinpoche will enter a 2-year program at the SOAS University (School of Oriental & African Studies) in London, U.K.
Chenrezi is the Bodhisattva or Deity of loving kindness and compassion. The Chenrezi service and meditation is the central spiritual practice at Sakya Monastery. It is very easy to practice and enables you to develop loving kindness and compassion in your life.
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In-Person COVID Protocol:
1. If you have any symptoms such as nasal congestion, scratchy throat, headache or other cold symptoms, kindly refrain from entering the Monastery.
2. All visitors must be masked with an approved surgical, KF-94, KN-95 or N-95 mask (best protection), covering the mouth and nose at all times, regardless of test results. This is best practice to protect yourself and others. Sakya Monastery provides these at the main entrance.
3. Full vaccination is not required, however it is highly recommended.