Speaker's Bureau

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism has compiled a Speakers Bureau to educate groups and organizations about Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Any organization or group wishing to have a speaker should contact Adrienne Chan at Sakya Monastery to discuss the best speaker, the lecture topic and speaking logistics in advance. An honorarium of is recommended.

For more information or to arrange for a speaker, contact Adrienne Chan, Co-Executive Director of Sakya Monastery via email at monastery@sakya.org 



H. E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya, known by her friends as Dagmola, was born in eastern Tibet and is the Acting Head Lama of Sakya Monastery. She was married to our Founding Lama, H. H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang. In 1959, Dagmola and Dagchen Rinpoche were forced to flee to India and in 1960 they moved to Seattle.  Dagmola is one of the few women Tibetan Buddhist Lamas in the world.  Co-author of the book, Princess in the Land of Snows (http://tinyurl.com/2by4243), Dagmola regularly bestows empowerments and teaches at Sakya Monastery. She has founded the Mother Tara Center/Tara Ling in San Gabriel, California and established centers in Kona, Hawaii; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Mexico City. 

Lecture Topics

  • What Americans Could Learn from Tibetan Culture
  • Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
  • Folk Tales of Tibet
  • Customs of Tibet
  • Life of a woman and mother in traditional Tibet



Ven. Khenpo Jampa Tenphel comes to Sakya Monastery from Dzongsar Institute in India, where he was the library director as well as a tutor for many years. He received a Degree of Acharya (equivalent to an M.A.) in Buddhist Philosophy in 2002 and was ordained as an Abbott in 2004. He has received many teachings and initiations from all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma). Many of those teachings and initiations were from H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He has also received the Lamdre teaching from H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. His root lamas are H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Luding Khen Rinpoche, and H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. At Sakya Monastery, Khenpo Jampa teaches intermediate and advanced level curriculum on Buddhist philosophy and also serve as the librarian for the growing collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

Lecture Topics

  • How Tibetan Buddhist Can Help End the Cycle of Anger
  • The Definition of Buddhism
  • Keeping the Mind Clear in Difficult Situations
  • The Selflessness of Tibetan Buddhism



Chuck Pettis is Co-executive Director of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.  Under the direction of His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, head lama of Sakya Monastery, Chuck assists in the operations and administration of Sakya Monastery as well as teaching calm-abiding and other Vajrayana meditations. 

Chuck Pettis, author of TechnoBrands,  is President of BrandSolutions, Inc. (www.brand-solutions.com), a leading brand-based advertising agency located near Seattle.  Chuck is also founder of Earth Sanctuary (www.earthsanctuary.org),  a nature reserve and retreat center on Whidbey Island, near Seattle.  Earth Sanctuary is home to the Tara Meditation Center, Sakya Monastery’s retreat center.  Author of Secrets of Sacred Space, Chuck has built a sculpture garden of sacred spaces at Earth Sanctuary, including the world’s tallest stone circle, a labyrinth, medicine wheel and other megalithic monuments.

Chuck Pettis has a BA in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MS in design from Southern Illinois University.

Lecture Topics

  • Calm Your Mind in 60 Seconds: Learn eleven 60-second meditations you can use to relax anywhere!
  • My Story: How I became a Tibetan Buddhist
  • Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
  • Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Spiritual Practices
  • Secrets of Sacred Space
  • Earth Sanctuary’s 500-year Plan to Create an Old-growth Forest


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