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January 2020

Notes on the Dharma

A Gift of Dharma to Kublai Khan and its Summary Outline by Chögyal Phakpa We return to Chögyal Phakpa’s A Gift of Dharma with the addition of his Summary Outline. This brief text reveals the deep structure and meaning intended by the author and appears to be a guide for the commentator Shérap Shönnu. With the Summary Outline in hand, we can better understand the arrangement, progression, fine points, and meaning of A Gift of Dharma. About A Gift of Dharma: In 1265, Chögyal Phakpa composed a verse summary on the main points and practice of the Buddha’s Dharma for…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Monday, January 27
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Sakya
Teacher: Jeff Schoening

Marici Fellowship Special Speaker Series: What It’s Like to Be Homeless

The Marici Fellowship is helping to shine light on the daily struggles and problems faced in our society today, with the goal of bringing us together, building awareness, dissolving barriers, and finding solutions. All are welcome to join these free events. Tea and snacks will be provided. Please join us as we gain a better understanding of the effect of homelessness on real people.

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Tuesday, January 28
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Sakya

Buddhism Through the Body: Foundations of the Tantrayana Path

Discover the principles of the Tantrayana Buddhist path and how practices such as Tummo and Tsa Lung reveal the hidden essence of our body, so that we may come to know the true nature of the mind. The Tantrayana path of Buddhism is a very direct, experiential path. It uses the body to transform the mind and realize our Buddha Nature. Recognizing that blockages in the body create suffering and ignorance, it has many powerful methods for creating openness and expanding our consciousness. This presentation will explore the fundamental principles and methods of the “Diamond Path.” Learn how practices like…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nangten Menlang Buddhist Medical Organization

Date: Wednesday, January 29
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tantrayana
Teacher: Farrah Garan, Tulku Lobsang lineage

Three Day Retreat with Eric Nord, JDPSN

Retreats offer a rare opportunity to let go of the demands of our busy lives and recognize our inherent compassion and wisdom through dedicated Zen training. Each day includes chanting, sitting and walking meditation, work practice, a private kong-an interview and formal vegetarian meals. Here’s more detailed retreat information and retreat schedule.   Members: $30 plus dana* per day, Non-members: $40 plus dana* per day. *dana is a voluntary gratitude to our teacher   Please register online by Tuesday, January 28

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Blue Heron Zen Community

Start: Friday, January 31 @ 7:00 am
End: Sunday, February 2 @ 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Zen
Teacher: Eric Nord, JDPSN

Refuge Ceremony

Taking refuge is the first step on the Buddhist path to enlightenment.  Refuge is a ceremony during which a person formally becomes a Buddhist and receives a Dharma name.  This differs from the passive refuge one receives at an initiation.  It is strongly recommended that those who are interested in the Refuge Ceremony take the class The Significance of Taking Refuge two weeks before (Sunday, January 19 at 8:30am) and class Life after Refuge two weeks after (Sunday, February 16 at 8:30am). For more information or to sign-up, please call 206-789-2573 or email monastery@sakya.org.

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Friday, January 31
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tradition: Sakya
Teacher: Kyabchok Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

Manjushri Initiation

Kyabchok Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will bestow the initiation of the special Anangavajra Manjughosha practice for developing enlightened wisdom and expanding positive influence. Must be vegetarian for the day. Commitment is to practice Bodhicitta. Simultaneous translation in Mandarin will be available. Proceeds will benefit the new Sakya Jaigon Monastery in India.

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Friday, January 31
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tradition: Sakya
Teacher: Kyabchok Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

February 2020

Weekend of the Wish-Fulfilling Wheel

The Wish-Fulfilling Wheel Weekend will be a comprehensive series of teachings, transmissions and a guided group practice focused on White Tara with special dedications for the long life of Dagyum Chenmo (aka Dagmo Kusho). Sat. Feb. 1st 10.30am-12pm: Long Life Chimey Phagmai Nyingtik Empowerment Long Life Guru Yoga Transmission (Must be vegetarian for the day; commitment is to bodhicitta) Kyabchok Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will bestow the White Tara empowerment called the “most profound blessing” of Chimey Phagmai Nyingtik, the practice of which will be the focus of the Wish-fulfilling Wheel Weekend. Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will also impart the transmission…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Start: Saturday, February 1 @ 10:30 am
End: Sunday, February 2 @ 2:30 pm
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Tradition: Sakya
Teacher: Kyabchok Khondung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

Zen Master Dogen’s “Mountains and Waters Sutra”

Jason Wirth is professor of philosophy at Seattle University and an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition. His recent books include Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dogen during the Ecological Crisis (2017) and Nietzsche and Other Buddhas (2019).

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

Date: Sunday, February 2
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Notes on the Dharma

A Gift of Dharma to Kublai Khan and its Summary Outline by Chögyal Phakpa We return to Chögyal Phakpa’s A Gift of Dharma with the addition of his Summary Outline. This brief text reveals the deep structure and meaning intended by the author and appears to be a guide for the commentator Shérap Shönnu. With the Summary Outline in hand, we can better understand the arrangement, progression, fine points, and meaning of A Gift of Dharma. About A Gift of Dharma: In 1265, Chögyal Phakpa composed a verse summary on the main points and practice of the Buddha’s Dharma for…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Monday, February 3
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tradition: Sakya
Teacher: Jeff Schoening

Lucid Dream Yoga: The Path of Awakening Through Sleep and Dream

A weekend with Andrew Holecek Discover the remarkable world of nocturnal meditation, where a wealth of wisdom awaits you every night. Lucid dreaming is the first of five nocturnal practices, which include liminal dreaming, dream yoga, sleep yoga, and bardo yoga. These meditations offer boundless potential for psychological and spiritual growth, and provide a unique opportunity to explore the nature of mind and reality. During this program we’ll explore the science behind lucidity, how to induce lucid dreams, what to do with them, and how to transcend any obstacle. This platform then allows us to explore the other four meditations.…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nalandabodhi

Start: Friday, February 7 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, February 9 @ 4:00 pm
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