Dates: Tuesdays, January 9th & 23rd, and February 13th
*Practice on February 27th will be done at home, on your own*
Time: 6:00 pm
The Mandala Offering practice is one of the six preliminary practices associated with the Ngondro (foundation) practice. Making mandala offerings to the Guru and the Triple Gem is the most expedient way to accomplish the accumulation of merit. According to H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche III, “The nature of the mandala is one’s own and others’ body, wealth and virtuous deeds accumulated in the three times. The cause is the arising from various jewels. The form is Mount Sumeru, the four continents, sun and moon which emanate from the mind a hundred million fold…All of these pure realms, the containers, wholly possess the ten worldly virtuous qualities…and all the sentient beings living in them, wholly possess the special basis of all the eighteen favorable conditions for the practice of Dharma….” In other words, we are offering a perfect universe, multiplied exponentially with the aspiration that all beings may be placed in a pure realm. By making this manifold offering to our Guru and the Three Jewels, with the correct motivation, we receive their blessing to quickly attain the stage of a Fully Enlightened One.
- Deity Initiation of the Sakya tradition
- Bring your own mandala platter
- Bring rice, stones (not beads), or other grains such as popcorn kernels or beans
- Bring a mala or digital counter to count your repetitions
Join us in person – COVID Protocol:
- If you have any symptoms such as nasal congestion, scratchy throat, headache or other cold symptoms, kindly refrain from entering the Monastery.
- 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. The Sakya Monastery provides these at the main entrance.
- Full vaccination is not required, however it is highly recommended.
Laura Ellis has been a student of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang and H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya since 2002. She currently chairs the Monastery’s Next of Kin Committee, a group which supports Buddhist practitioners in planning for and fulfilling their Buddhist end-of-life wishes. She is the Director of Growth and Opportunity on the Sakya Heritage Society Board of Advisors, and leads Calm Abiding meditations at the Monastery. Laura works at the University of Washington. She has two children. Laura enjoys studying Dharma with friends and has a heartfelt wish to complete Ngondro before she dies.