Monday, 21 December 2009

Sogyal Rinpoche meets His Holiness Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche in Seattle

His Holiness Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche (L) and Sogyal Rinpoche, Seattle, USA

Following his annual 10-day retreat on the West Coast of the US, Sogyal Rinpoche travelled to Seattle where he taught for two days at Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Nalandabodhi centre on Finding Peace and Stability in a Troubled World. He also gave a public talk to a sold-out crowd at the Sakya centre on the Guru Rinpoche tsok (feast offering) practice.

Before giving his public talk, Rinpoche met with His Holiness Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche and Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya at the Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang (Sakya family residence).

His Holiness was born into the Phuntsok branch of the Khön lineage of the Sakya school in 1929 in southwestern Tibet. H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya is the niece of one of the most highly realized Sakya masters of the twentieth century, H.E. Deshung Rinpoche III, and her training in Buddhist practice began at an early age. She has received extensive teachings and empowerment from many revered lamas throughout her lifetime.

Dagchen Rinpoche, Dagmo Kusho and their family settled in Seattle in 1960 after having fled Tibet in 1959.

His Holiness Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche (L), Sogyal Rinpoche and Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya (R)

The three masters, all students of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, met for lunch and an exchange of gifts, laughter, katags (ceremonial white scarves), and good wishes.

Several students of HH Dagchen Rinpoche were also there and Sogyal Rinpoche said to them several times how lucky there were to know such a mahasiddha.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya holds a copy of Rigpa's View magazine

Watch HH Dagchen Rinpoche and HE Dagmo Kusho Sakya talk about their teacher, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, on Remembering the Masters.

From Seattle, Rinpoche travelled to Vancouver where he gave two free public talks at the University of British Columbia on Finding Peace and Stability in a Troubled World, How to Discover Inner Peace and Contentment and The Heart Essence of Tibetan Buddhism, The Profound Method of Meditation for Bringing Forth the Nature of the Mind.

Rinpoche will be teaching next in Germany, at the annual retreat at Kirchheim. For information about this event, please go to: (In German and English)

(Photos courtesy of Linda Lane. CC BY 2.0)

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