Date: May 26th
Time: 10:00 am PT
We will celebrate H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche’s birthday with a Mandala Offering and prayers, including Chenrezi mantras.
His Eminence Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Sakya, the Head Lama of Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang, was born in Seattle on May 26, 1993, the elder son of H.E. Khöndung Zaya Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. At the age of six, he began his training in India to follow in the footsteps of his noble Khön forebears. He has received an uninterrupted stream of transmissions and teachings from his late grandfather, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang (1929-2016), including the Lamdre Tsogshay; from his grand-uncle H.H. Sakya Trichen, including the Lamdre Lobshe; and from many high Lamas of the Sakya tradition.
Having mastered the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completed meditation retreats, and presided as Vajra Master of the annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Ghoom, Darjeeling, H.E. Avikrita Sakya enrolled in 2010 at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research. After more than a decade of in-depth study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition, he graduated with distinction and was a revision teacher for several years.
Since 2012, H.E. Avikrita Vajra Sakya has been sharing his rich Dharma teachings with warmth, clarity, and wisdom around the world. He founded The Marici Fellowship for Sakya Monastery in 2018 to co-ordinate community welfare projects, which has expanded into a world-wide organization. He also established The Bhadracarya Foundation in Nepal to maintain annual Buddhist activities in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. He is Head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle as well as the Sakya Heritage Society in New Delhi.
Rinpoche is also author of Wake Up to What Matters published by Shambhala, and a series of digital books published by Sakya Monastery.
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.