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PAST EVENTS:


 

Vajrayogini Completion Practices Weekend Retreat

May 26 - 29, 2017 with Lama Jay Goldberg

Sakya Dechen Ling is happy to announce a weekend retreat over the Memorial Day weekend from May 26 through 29, 2017. This retreat will be taught by Sakya Dechen Ling’s Practice Director, Lama Jay Goldberg, on the Completion Practices of Vajrayogini.

Practitioners who have received the Vajrayogini Empowerment and the 7 day Teachings at some point in the past from a Sakya lama are welcome to attend. Please note that these teachings are restricted to protect the teachings and the practitioners; exceptions to the prerequisites cannot be made. Thank you for understanding.

There are a series of Completion Practices that will be meditated upon in this weekend retreat. These practices include the auxiliary completion practices which are written about in the sadhana itself, and the various completion practices taught during the 7 Day Vajrayogini Secret Teaching. We will meditate on each of them during every session of the weekend retreat.

SCHEDULE:

Friday:
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday:
10 a.m. to noon
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday:
10 a.m. to noon
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday:
10 a.m. to noon

We hope many of you can join us for this weekend of important teaching and practice. $175, plus modest fees for practice materials. Dana for Lama Jay is separate.

(In the registration button below please type in the name of the Sakya Lama that you recieved the 7 day Vajrayogini teachings from as well as when and where. Your registration will not be valid without this information)


An invitation to a weekend Vajrayogini Retreat at Sakya Dechen Ling August 26-28, 2016

Practice Director Jay Goldberg offered explication of the sadhana practice of Vajrayogini during a weekend retreat. In seven sessions from Friday evening through Sunday evening the sangha practiced the sadhana, focusing in turn on particular elements, and held a 25th day tsog.


 

Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok
Vajrayogini, White Tara & Green Tara
July 11, 12 & 13, 2015

Her Eminence, Jetsun Kushok will visit the Bay Area again this year. She will bestow Vajrayogini Blessing and Tsok, Uncommon White Tara Initiation and Green Tara Initiation. SDL Director Jay Goldberg will translate.


Vajrayogini blessing (FULL)
Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Vajrayogini Blessing and Tsok, with practice instructions to follow.
Prerequisites: Without exception, anyone receiving this blessing for the first time must have already had the major Empowerment of either Hevajra or
Chakrasamvara from a Sakya lama.

REGISTRATION FOR VAJRAYOGINI IS NOW CLOSED.


Uncommon White Tara Initiation (FULL)
Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Uncommon White Tara Initiation, with practice instructions to follow.
Prerequisite:
A higher empowerment or blessing from a Sakya lama, such as Hevajra, Chakrasamvara, or the recent Vajrakilaya by HH Sakya Trizin, are necessary to receive this initiation.

The location for the White Tara initiation is Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center, 254 Cambridge Avenue, Kensington, CA 94708 (This is a residential area, so please be considerate of neighbors when parking. Car-pooling is advised.) There are directions and a map on the Ewam Choden website here http://www.ewamchoden.org/?page_id=32


Green Tara Initiation (FULL)
Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Green Tara Initiation, with practice instructions to follow.
No empowerment prerequisites for this initiation. However, one must maintain a vegetarian diet for the entire day of July 13, prior to the initiation.

LOCATION = Sakya Dechen Ling 801 Pierce St. #3 Albany, CA 94706
REGISTRATION FOR GREEN TARA IS NOW CLOSED.


Ngondro weekend practice retreat
Led by our Practice Director, Lama Jay Goldberg
June 27 & 28, 2015

Sat. morning 10am:
Discussion of the common foundation teachings with vipassana meditation.
Sat. afternoon 2pm:
Teaching on refuge and bodhicitta along with meditation session on both
Sat. evening 7pm:
Teaching on Vajrasattva along with meditation session on it
Sun. morning 10am:
Teaching on Guru yoga along with meditation session
Sun. afternoon 2pm:
Teaching on mandala offering along with meditation session


 

Lama Jay Goldberg
Dharma Protectors and their role in Dharma Practice
October 17-19, 2014

Lama Jay Goldberg will teach a workshop at Sakya Dechen Ling to follow up on the Chitapati Empowerment our teacher HE Jetsun Kushok offered on July 26, 2014 at our Center. Please also note that Lama Jay Goldberg plans to teach once or twice again prior to our teacher’s return to Sakya Dechen Ling in Summer 2015. For more information on this event CLICK HERE


 

Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok
Chitipati & Green Tara Empowerments
July 26 & 27, 2014

Her Eminence, Jetsun Kushok will visit the Bay Area again this year. She will bestow Chitipati and Green Tara empowerments on July 26 & 27, 2014. SDL Director Jay Goldberg will translate. PREREGISTER NOW using the PayPal buttons below to reserve your spot.


Chitipati Empowerment
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Citipati are the principle Dharma protectors of Vajrayogini. The prerequisite for the Chitipati empowerment is having already received the Vajrayogini empowerment from a Sakya lama. If you have not previously received the Vajrayogini Empowerment from a Sakya lama then you cannot receive this empowerment. There are no exceptions.

The location for the Citipati empowerment is: Sakya Dechen Ling, 801 Pierce St #3, Albany, 94706 (corner of Pierce and Washington. This is a residential area)


Green Tara Empowerment
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 10a.m.

Green Tara, the Mother of all Buddhas, is the female manifestation of compassion. There is no prerequisite for the Green Tara Empowerment; however a vegetarian diet (no onions, garlic, eggs either) for the entire day is necessary. The Tara four mandala puja and a brief instruction on Tara practice will follow the initiation.

The location for the Green Tara empowerment is Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center, 254 Cambridge Avenue, Kensington, CA 94708 (This is a residential area, so please be considerate of neighbors when parking. Car-pooling is advised.) There are directions and a map on the Ewam Choden website here http://www.ewamchoden.org/?page_id=32


Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok
Chitipati & Green Tara Empowerments
July 26 & 27, 2014

Her Eminence, Jetsun Kushok will visit the Bay Area again this year. She will bestow Citipati and Green Tara empowerments on July 26 & 27, 2014. SDL Director Jay Goldberg will translate. For more information and registration


Uncommon White Tara weekend retreat
Deepening into the practice of Uncommon White Tara
October 25-27, 2013 

With Lama Jay Goldberg.

To all Uncommon White Tara practitioners and friends of Sakya Dechen Ling

Our precious teacher HE Jetsun Kushok has so kindly given us the Uncommon White Tara empowerment again this past August. Lama Jay, SDL’s Practice Director, will lead us in a weekend retreat to deepen our practice of this wonderful sadhana.

Friday, October 25, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m.
Uncommon White Tara sadhana, emphasis on Refuge
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Uncommon White Tara sadhana, emphasis to be announced at the retreat
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 2 to 4 p.m.
Uncommon White Tara sadhana, emphasis to be announced at the retreat
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m.
Uncommon White Tara sadhana, emphasis to be announced at the retreat
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 9 to 11 a.m.
Uncommon White Tara sadhana, emphasis to be announced at the retreat
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 12 to 2 p.m.
Uncommon White Tara sadhana, emphasis on emptiness meditation

We ask that you register now on our website if you intend to come, so that we have enough space prepared. Donation for the full retreat is $150, with 15% reduction for members of SDL or sister centers. For partial registrations, $30/session. Please contact Liz Krainer at elizabethkrainer@gmail.com if this is not affordable for you.

Sakya Dechen Ling is located at 801 Pierce St. # 3 in Albany, CA. Parking is available on Pierce and on Washington streets, as well as Solano.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Empowerments and Teachings with Jetsun Kushok August 9-13, 2013.
Translator: Jay Goldberg

Uncommon White Tara Empowerment and Practice Instructions
Empowerment---Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Practice instructions---Saturday, 9/10 and Sunday, 9/11
Times on Saturday at 10 am and Sunday at 10 am and 2 pm

Please note that due to the high level tantra of the Uncommon White Tara empowerment, we have been notified that all participants need to have received a major, two day empowerment in any of the four Tibetan Buddhist traditions. If you have questions concerning this prerequisite, please contact Sakya Dechen Ling.

Please be advised that a strict vegetarian diet is necessary on the day of the Uncommon White Tara empowerment. Please refrain from eating meat, eggs, onions and garlic all day Friday and Saturday and Sunday before the practice instructions.

Location & Directions:
Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center
254 Cambridge Avenue
Kensington, CA 94708

From I-80/I-580 North or South, Take the BUCHANAN ST exit- EXIT 13, Turn onto BUCHANAN ST. and stay for ~0.5 miles, Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MARIN AVE. and stay for 1.6 miles, Enter next roundabout and take 4th exit onto ARLINGTON, AVE. and stay on for 1.4 miles. Go past Stop Sign (Chevron Station will be on your left)
and through Kensington Village, Turn RIGHT onto WELLESLEY AVE., ~0.2 miles, Turn RIGHT onto CAMBRIDGE AVE. 0.1 miles, End at 254 Cambridge Ave. on the right hand side, at top of hill, just below Beloit Av. DOWNLOAD PDF

Requested Donation:  
Empowerment & Practice Instructions---$180 (Dana to the Lama is separate.)
   
Empowerment only---$100, as blessing without practice commitment
 

Vajrayogini Empowerment and Practice Instructions

Empowerment---Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at 7 PM
Brief Practice Instruction--- Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 7 PM
There is a required Prerequisite-- Attendees must have a prior empowerment of
Chakrasamvara or Hevajra from a Sakya Lama.
Requested donation---$120 (Dana to the Lama is separate.)
FOR MORE INFO and TO REGISTER---Go to www.ewamchoden.org

Location & Directions:
Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center
254 Cambridge Avenue
Kensington, CA 94708

From I-80/I-580 North or South, Take the BUCHANAN ST exit- EXIT 13, Turn onto BUCHANAN ST. and stay for ~0.5 miles, Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MARIN AVE. and stay for 1.6 miles, Enter next roundabout and take 4th exit onto ARLINGTON, AVE. and stay on for 1.4 miles. Go past Stop Sign (Chevron Station will be on your left)
and through Kensington Village, Turn RIGHT onto WELLESLEY AVE., ~0.2 miles, Turn RIGHT onto CAMBRIDGE AVE. 0.1 miles, End at 254 Cambridge Ave. on the right hand side, at top of hill, just below Beloit Av. DOWNLOAD PDF

 

Green Tara Blessing Empowerment
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 2 pm

Location:
Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington
Kensington, CA
This event is specifically for the Tibetan community and anyone is welcome.
Requested donation---$20

Please be advised that a strict vegetarian diet is necessary on the day of the Green Tara empowerment. Please refrain from eating meat, eggs, onions and garli Saturday.

 

VAJRAYOGINI Weekend Retreat

A Journey on the Path to the Realm of Kechara         
March 22-24, 2013                                               
with Lama Jay Goldberg

In this retreat all practitioners who have received the Sakya Empowerment of Vajrayogini are welcome to join together in six retreat sessions of the middle leangth Vajrayogini sadhana. The sessions will each focus on a different portion of the practice, while each will include the entire sadhana recitation.

Friday, March 22, 2013
7 to 9 p.m.
Vajrayogini sadhana, emphasis on Refuge and Vajrasattva

Saturday, March 23, 2013
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Vajrayogini sadhana, emphasis on Guru Yoga and mandala offerings
2 to 4 p.m.
Vajrayogini sadhana, emphasis on "pride of being the Deity", mantra
recitation
7 to 9 p.m.
Vajrayogini sadhana, emphasis on mantra recitation

Sunday, March 24, 2013
9 to 11 a.m.
Vajrayogini sadhana, emphasis on auxiliary completion practices
12 to 2 p.m.
Vajrayogini sadhana, emphasis on Meditation Beyond Thought practice

This retreat will be held at the recently opened Center for Sakya Dechen Ling in Albany, CA., directly north of Berkeley. The address is 801 Pierce St. #3, located on Pierce, between Solano and Washington. Parking is readily available on Washington below (west of) Pierce. The Center is very close to the Buchanan St. exit of I 80.