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MN Sakya Center Monthly Newsletter

March 2019

Dear Dharma friends, 

Minnesota Sakya Center is very fortunate and honored to host precious teachings and empowerments by His Holiness the Sakya Trichen, His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, and His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche in 2019. Please mark your calendar for these important teachings.

4/14/2019 @4:30 PM 

Thangtong Gyalpo Long Life Initiation 
ཐང་རྒྱལ་ཚེ་དབང་ལོ་བརྒྱ་མ།

By His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche

Event Location: 
Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota 

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5/11-5/12/2019

5/11 @4:30 PM
Vairocana Initiation
ཀུན་རིག་རྣམ་པར་སྣང་མཛད་དམ་ངན་སོང་སྦྱོང་རྒྱལ་གྱི་དབང་ཆེན་དང་

5/12 @10 AM-noon
Pubic Audience མཇལ་ཁ།

By His Holiness the Sakya Trichen

Event Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
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7/3-7/5/2019

7/3 @4:30 PM
Chenrezig with Mahamudra Initiation
སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་དང་ཕྱག་རྒྱ་ཆེན་པོ་ཟུང་འཇུག་གི་བཀའ་དབང་དང་

7/4-7/5 
Chenrezig with Mahamudra practice instruction based on Tsembupa Tradition (5 sessions)
སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་ཚེམ་བུ་ལུགས་ཀྱི་བཀའ་ཁྲིད། 

By His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin

Event Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church
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Upcoming Teachings & Practices

March, 2019

3/24/2019 @10am Green Tara Puja and Pot Luck lunch
Tara, the savioress, is the Mother of all the Buddhas, the essence of compassion in action. She rushes to the aid of beings when we call upon her with heartfelt devotion. Meditating on Tara helps us awaken our buddha nature and gain both mundane and transcendent attainment.
3/31/2019 
@10-11am Sixteen Arhat Puja

The Sixteen Arhats puja helps practitioners maintain pure morality, remove obstacles, increase scriptural understanding and realization, and attain perfect inner and outer conditions to practice Dharma.

@11:30am-12:30pm Children's Dharma Program
Through stories and discussions, children in our Dharma program are offered opportunities to learn the teachings of the Buddha and apply the practice of the Dharma in their daily lives.
4/7/2019
@10-11am Dharma Teaching: Bodhisattva's Way of Life
(Dedication Chapter)
Khenpo Gongphel will continue giving teachings on the Dedication chapter of the renowned Santideva's teaching. 

@11:30am-12:30pm Children's Dharma Program
For the most updated program information, please visit us at www.mnsakyacenter.org/programs

Featured Monthly Teaching

Global Ecology from a Buddhist Perspective

His Holiness the Sakya Trichen

The present world faces many environmental problems. Many people fear that in a matter of years, the world will be a desert: there will be no water, no trees, no rain, and so much pollution in the air that everybody will have to carry around oxygen tanks to breathe! Therefore, it is very important to think about our planet for the sake of our future generations. The Buddha's teachings are deep and wide; everything is included.

But Buddhists may devote their tune and energy to practices such as meditation, so they do conduct many external activities. By contrast, environmentalists are very active; they do many things to directly help animals and plants and so on. The difference between modern environmentalists and Buddhists is that the former are more practical, whereas the latter have a much deeper and wider view.

Modern environments consider life as precious, and they do not just talk, but they actively work to protect life. However, their approach is incomplete. For example, in India, many people are worried about protecting tigers. It is said that India used to have forty thousand tigers, but now the number has drastically dropped to only fourteen thousand tigers. Tigers are very beautiful and powerful and nice, so environmentalists wish to protect them. They also focus on animals that need to be protected because they are rare, such as some species of deer in India. Anyone who hunts those deer faces severe punishments. This is very good.

But we do not only need to protect rare and beautiful animals; life is for everybody. And yet, there are no environmentalists who say that we need to protect mosquitos. Perhaps they don't want to protect them because mosquitos are very ugly and noisy, and they disturb and bite you, and they carry diseases such as malaria. Therefore, even environmentalists think it is better to destroy mosquitos. But mosquitos are also living beings. Life is precious everywhere. 

>> Read the complete teaching--Global Ecology from a Buddhist Perspective
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