Young High Lama Visits Seattle and Gives Teaching & Long-Life Initiation

The Buddhist Channel, July 9, 2008

SEATTLE, WA (USA) -- As a member of a new generation of Tibetan Buddhist high teachers, His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche is coming to Seattle to give a teaching on "The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2008; and a Long Life Initiation at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. The teaching and the blessing ceremony will take place at the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle.

All are welcome. Suggested donation for the teaching is $40 and suggested donation for the long-life initiation is $40. Reservations are not required.

In Tibetan Buddhist practice, the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind are the basic foundation for providing a firm motivation for pursuing the Buddhist path, and a useful tool to pursue any spiritual path.

The Four Thoughts are: to appreciate the opportunity of the preciousness of this human birth; to recognize our own mortality, as well as the impermanence of all phenomena; to recognize that our behavior is going to shape our experience in this life and future lives ("karma"); to recognize our confusion and the difficulties of this worldly life ("samsara").

His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, age 29, is a senior lineage holder of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism, and the younger son of His Holiness Sakya Trizin. He received decades of rigorous training from His Holiness himself, as well as many other lamas such as H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, H.E. Luding Khen Rinpoche, The Very Venerable Khenpo Appey Rinpoche, and the late Khenpo Migmar Rinpoche. H.E. Gyana Vajra Rinpoche completed his monastic ritual training at Sakya Monastery and his philosophical training at Sakya College.

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism provides access to the Buddha's teachings and guidance in a community of practitioners. The Monastery occupies a beautiful renovated building, which houses a pristine example of a Tibetan Buddhist shrine that is one of only a few in North America. It is located in Seattle's Greenwood district near the intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 85th Street. It is led by its founder, His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, a high lama of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism, one of Tibetan Buddhism's four main Schools. The Monastery in Seattle is a seat of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism in North America. It is also a non-sectarian religious center, and hosts visits and teaching from leading lamas of all four Schools of Tibetan Buddhism.


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