THE SAKYA TRADITION
Delivering the Precious Sakya Teachings Accurately and Entirely in Your Native Languages
September 18, 2020
Dear Dharma Friends,
Today is His Holiness the Sakya Trichen’s birthday according to the Tibetan calendar. We offer our gratitude for His Holiness's ceaseless activities in benefiting sentient beings, and his dedication in preserving and spreading the sublime Dharma. May His Holiness live long, enjoy perfect health, and turn the wheel of Dharma continuously.
On this auspicious occasion, we are sharing a newly published teaching by His Holiness, entitled Opening the Door to Dharma Part I of II: The Prerequisites including Refuge. In this series of teachings, His Holiness instructs us how to thrive in our Dharma learning and practice. In part one, His Holiness describes the prerequisites for students when receiving Dharma teachings and provides a detailed explanation of going for refuge in the Triple Gem, including a meditation on the mind’s nature as the absolute refuge. The teaching text is available in English and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional). You may also listen to the audio here.
The following have also been added to our audio-video library:
We are now in the ninth month of our Green Tara Worldwide Mantra Accumulation. As of September 13, we have accumulated 1,499,341,211 Green Tara mantras. At no cost to you, we are sponsoring Tara pujas at six monasteries and nunneries—on behalf of all participants—on the eighth day of each Tibetan month.
Finally, please note upcoming days for your practice:
September 18: Birthday of His Holiness the Sakya Trichen (Tibetan calendar)
September 21: Anniversary of the 21st Sakya Trichen Dagchen Lodrö Gyaltsen
September 24: Medicine Buddha and Tara Day
September 26: Guru Rinpoche Day
September 29: Anniversary of His Holiness Trinly Sakyapa Rinpoche of the Phuntsok Phodrang
October 1: Full Moon Day and Buddha Amitabha Day
October 12: Dakini Day
October 15: Dharma Protector Day
October 16: New Moon Day
October 24: Medicine Buddha and Tara Day
October 26: Guru Rinpoche Day
October 30: Anniversaries of the First Sakya Trichen Khon Konchok Gyalpo, the first Sakya Patriarch Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the Second Sakya Trichen Bari Lotsawa Rinchen Drak, Lamdre lineage master Gonpo Sonam Chogden, and Ngor Khenchen Kunga Tenpé Lodrö. Birthday of His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche.
October 31: Full Moon and Buddha Amitabha Day
Yours in Dharma,
The Sakya Tradition Team