H.H. Dalai Lama's Birthday Celebration
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Time: 9:30 am
H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and members of Sakya Monastery cordially invite you to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's birthday celebration. A traditional service will be held which includes mandala offerings and long life prayers.
This is the celebration of the birth of the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet who is recognized as an emanation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, known in Tibetan as Chenrezi. Through the concerted efforts of the Tibetan community and its friends, H.H. Dalai Lama's birthday is now also known as World Tibet Day.
We'll enjoy tea, long life rice and birthday cake at the end of the ceremony.
- Sakya Goma Dagchen Rinpoche arrives and offers a katag to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
- Welcome: David Spiekerman, President, Sakya Monastery
- Singing of the Tibetan National Anthem in Tibetan (handout), led by Tibetan Association of Washington (TAW)
- Speaker: Tenzin Chokey, President (TAW)
1. Tibetan Language and Cultural Students
2. Trisong (Tibetan Ladies Group)
A song to celebrate the 80th Birthday of His Holiness, composed by Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche
- Tea & Long Life Rice Offered to the Shrine and to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
- Mandala Offerings (Oomze: Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche)
1. Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang
2. Tibetan Association of Washington
3. Sakya Monastery
- Presentation of Katags (by everyone) to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and chanting the long version of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Long Life Prayer (booklet)
- Recitation (by everyone) of the short version of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Long Life Prayer (p. 12 of ‘TibetanTraditional Ceremonies’)
- Presentation of birthday cake by TAW
- “Happy Birthday” song, led by Tibetan Language and Cultural Class and the Monastery’s Children’s Dharma School
- Thank you: Adrienne Chan Co-Executive Director, Sakya Monastery
- Tsang So: Please join us outside to participate in “Tsang So”, an auspicious aromatic offering to the Local Deities
- Please join us downstairs in the Cultural Hall for birthday cake, long life rice, and Tibetan tea offered by the TAW
- The TAW has invited everyone to join them for a catered lunch at noon at Carkeek Park (Piper Creek – Lower Deck)
Message from H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya:
“I pray for the swift rebirth of all those who lost their lives in the recent devastating earthquake which hit Nepal and parts of neighboring India and Tibet. Also, my condolences and prayers go out to all the people who have suffered much pain and loss in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. In their moment of suffering, it is our duty to reach out a helping hand to them and so I urge and encourage everyone to donate generously of your time, prayers and financial resources to alleviate the sufferings of these people. Thank you.”
You have no doubt heard of the terrible earthquake that has devastated much of Nepal. There are many who wish to help those who are suffering, so to ensure that donations go directly to those most in need we are asking people to donate to Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Funds collected by the Monastery will go directly to the Sakya Earthquake Relief Fund for Nepal.
This relief effort has been set up by His Holiness Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the Dolma Phodrang and Phuntsok Phodrang, the Sakya monks, as well as Sakya Monasteries and centers. All the Sakya Monasteries and monks in Nepal were fortunate enough to sustain little damage or injury. Therefore, it was decided to give all donations to the people of Nepal who have suffered the most from this earthquake, especially those in remote areas.
Relief work is already underway and is being led by Sakya monks in Nepal. Your donation will help support this continued and direct relief action!
Welcome to Sakya Monastery
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.
Here are the best ways for a new person to learn about the practice of Tibetan Buddhism at Sakya Monastery:
- Attend the monthly Orientation - answers the most frequently asked questions.
- Attend the 8:30 am Sunday morning introductory class and the 10:00 am Chenrezi service - open to the public. As we occasionally have special events, please check our calendar for the current schedule: Calendar of Classes and Events
- Review the material on our website.
- Attend a Virupa Educational Institute (VEI) class at Sakya Monastery.
- Attend the 7:00 pm Friday evening Calm Abiding meditation. Free and open to the public.
If you have any questions, please call Sakya Monastery at 206-789-2573 weekdays between 9:00 am and Noon, Pacific Time.