The Community of The Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism was recently blessed with a visit from His Eminence Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Rinpoche and His Eminence Sakya Dhungsey Abhaya Rinpoche who are the grandson’s of His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche and Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya—and—the sons of Dhungsey  Zaya Sakya Rinpoche and Dagmo Lhanze La. 

The Dhungseys were accompanied by Venerable Gen La Kunsang Gyatso, Abhaya Rinpoche’s primary teacher, Venerable Tashi Nyima, teacher to Avikrita Rinpoche, and Jamyang Gyalsten, Saky Heritage Foundation Manager pictured right.

H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche and H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche arrived in Seattle on the 20th of January, taking a break from their studies in order to share special teachings with the Buddhist community of Seattle as well as Southern California.

During the Dhungseys stay in Seattle we were fortunate to share in the birthday celebration of H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche who turned 15, pictured left.






In addition to this joyous celebration we were also honored with the Manjushri  Vadisingha Initiation and Teaching as well as a lecture on Transforming the Mind, both of which were offered by H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche.

Manjushri is considered to be the personification of the Buddha’s wisdom.  Manjushri on a Lion embodies the ability to express that wisdom. Saraswati, a goddess of learning and the arts, might be thought of as the female counterpart of Manjushri. The uncommon and fortunate blessing of this Manjushri  Vadisingha Initiation and Teaching given by His Eminence gives us the opportunity to enjoy a favorable environment for our own discernment to increase.

During the lecture on Transforming the Mind, H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche explained in some detail the concept of “The Exchange Practice” highlighting how essential it can be to our path. The Exchange Practice, he noted, refers to the exchange of our own merit for that of the suffering of others. In other words, offering up our own grace to others while striving to take upon ourselves the burden of their anguish.

Among the many kernels of wisdom that he offered throughout his lecture, one was the reminder that there is no greater danger than our own afflicted emotions. When unchecked, they can create an environment where endless karma unfolds. He also emphasized the crucial importance of negative people to our spiritual growth, in their own way—he explained—they are as important in regard to our spiritual development as is the Buddha. To treat them badly is like finding a diamond and throwing it away. Their value lies in the fact that they provide us with a heightened opportunity to practice our own compassion and kindness.  H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche shared that The Exchange Practice was at one time a restricted teaching, reserved only for the most advanced practitioners and that it can provide us with an amazingly powerful tool on our spiritual path. Indeed, it was an incredible blessing to have this teaching and the Manjushri  Vadisingha Initiation offered to us by His Eminence.

Their diligent commitment to their studies required H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche and H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche to return to India with their teachers in late February. Meanwhile, we eagerly look forward to their eventual return and to the continued gift of their presence, wisdom, and guidance in our lives.