The Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism is the only monastery in the United States, this brightly painted building came to ... More
Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
The Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism is the only monastery in the United States, this brightly painted building came to fruition in 1928 as a Presbyterian church. Now decorated with intricate carvings and red and yellow colors, this monastery was featured in the 1993 film 'Little Buddha' and contains gorgeous statues, meditation rooms and a library. The exterior alone is worth a visit, but several times each week the public is welcome in for meditation. Throughout the year, various memorial events and ritual celebrations take place, some open to the public, some not. Frequent classes and lectures occur in the evening, ranging from, 'Practical Tibetan' for travelers to bead-making. This little-known treasure is a feast for both eyes and soul.
Anyone may attend Sakya Monastery Practice on Sunday mornings. The prayers are done in Tibetan and most are repeated in English. Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, Head Lama gives a Teaching and has a translator. On the 3rd Sunday of each month at noon, there is a guided tour of the Shrine Room. Beautiful art work all around, including a Wheel of Life. Visitors can ask questions and hear the history of this traditional Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Be prepared to take your shoes off and no shorts are allowed. Don't forget to turn the Prayer Wheels that surround the Stupa!
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