Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
For people seeking spiritual and personal growth, Sakya Monastery provides access to the Buddha’s teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. Sakya Monastery provides a place to learn from highly qualified and spiritual Tibetan Lamas in a beautiful traditional setting.
His Eminence Sakya Khöndung Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche, the Head Lama of Sakya Monastery, Seattle, was born in Seattle on May 26, 1993, the elder son of H.E. Sakya Khöndung Zaya Vajra and Dagmo Lhanze Youden. At the age of six, he began his training in India to follow in the footsteps of his noble Khön forebearers. Since that time, he has received an uninterrupted stream of transmissions and teachings from his grandfather His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya (including the Lamdre Tsogshay), from his grand-uncle His Holiness Sakya Trichen (including the Lamdre Lobshe), and from many high Lamas of the Sakya tradition.
After mastering the intricate rituals of the Sakya lineage, completing meditation retreats, and presiding as Vajra Master of the annual Vajrakilaya ceremony in Ghoom, Darjeeling, H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche enrolled in 2010 at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research. There he is successfully building on his extensive learning of the BuddhaDharma with a program of study and dialectics to gain proficiency in the classic treatises of the Sakya philosophical tradition. Since 2016, he has assumed the role of revision teacher (teaching assistant) at Dzongsar Institute.
For more than eight years, H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche has been sharing the profound Dharma teachings of Lord Buddha with warmth, clarity and wisdom around the world. You can see some of his video teachings at: http://sakya.org/h-e-avikrita-rinpoche-videos.html
The main practice at Sakya Monastery is the meditation on Chenrezi, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, a practice for cultivating loving kindness and compassion. Chenrezi Meditations are held twice each week: Sundays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. These meditations are open to the public.
We also offer a Childrens’ and Teens’ Dharma School
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Also open to the public are the following programs:
- Guided Calm Abiding meditations held on Friday evenings at 7:00 pm.
- A special feast offering (Tsok Kor) made to Padmasambhava, the tantric master who brought Buddhism to Tibet, is held on the 10th day of the Lunar month.
- A Green Tara Puja (Drolma Mandala Shi-Sho) is performed on the 15th day of the Lunar month.
Special Religious Celebrations – Throughout the year, Sakya Monastery holds celebrations of the Buddhist Holy Days, marking special events in the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, such as His Birth, His Enlightenment, His First Teaching of the Dharma and His Parinirvana. Memorial services are held for the founding lamas in the Sakya tradition, and an annual event is held to celebrate the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Sunday classes, Dharma lectures, Special lectures are open to all.
Please see our website calendar for more information: www.sakya.org
His Eminence Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche, Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya
108 Northwest 83rd Street Seattle Washington 98117 United States.