New York, NY, May 30, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The Vikramasila Foundation, Palden Sakya Centers of Tibetan Buddhism, and Tsechen Kunchab Ling offer a celebration of Vesak Day, the 2551st anniversary of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and mahpariniravana, with a teaching by H. H. Dagchen Rinpoche, one of the supreme heads of Sakya Buddhism, on Monday, June 16. The program, "Healing the World with Dharma," begins at 6:30 p.m. at New York University Stern (44 West 4th St, Barr-Kawamura Commons, KMC 5-50, 5th Floor, New York City). A donation of $20 is suggested for adults, attendance is free for children.
"This celebration is representative of our connection to the Buddha as teacher, guide and protector," explains the Venerable Lama Pema Wangdak, director of the Vikramasila Foundation and Palden Sakya Centers. "The teachings are the foundation and source of light, peace, patience, and power in our life and the world around us."
His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, founder of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, in 1929 in southwestern Tibetinto the Phuntsok branch of the Khön lineage of Sakya Buddhism. After the passing of his father, Dagchen Rinpoche took a leave of absence as ruler of Sakya in order to travel to East Tibet to increase his knowledge and experience of the Dharma, by studying with the renowned teachers of that area. Two of these lamas became Dagchen Rinpoche's root gurus, Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö and Dilgo Khyentse Rabsal Dawa. These two highly realized masters helped to formulate Dagchen Rinpoche's nonsectarian approach to Buddhism. After completing his major religious studies, Dagchen Rinpoche bestowed initiations and teachings throughout East Tibet and established 17 Sakya colleges and 10 retreat centers in that region.
In 1959 Dagchen Rinpoche, his wife H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya, and their family were forced to flee to India, where Dagchen Rinpoche became the Sakya representative to the Tibetan Religious Office in Exile, which was instrumental in arranging for the resettlement of Tibetan refugees. The following year he was invited to participate in a research project on Tibetan civilization at the University of Washington sponsored by a Rockefeller Foundation grant.
Dagchen Rinpoche has resided in Seattle since 1960 along with his wife, five sons and other family members and founded and directs Sakya Monastery there. Appreciating the benefits of American freedom and prosperity, he works actively to help preserve and share the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. To this end he has given extensive empowerments and teachings throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
The Vikramasila Foundation sponsors the Pema Ts'al School/Hostel of Mundgod, India, and the Pema Ts'al Monastic Institute of Pokhara, Nepal, as well as a school in New York City. The Palden Sakya Centers located in New York City and Cresskill, New Jersey. In addition, there are also Centers in Woodstock and Philmont, New York; Jamaica, Vermont; and Dayton, Ohio. Those interested in further information, may visit the website www.paldensakya.org. Tsechen Kunchab Ling, Temple of All-Encompassing Great Compassion, is the seat of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin in the United States and is located in Walden, New York.
For further information and to register for the Vesak Day celebration, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-866-4339.