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Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen is pleased to announce that His Holiness the Sakya Trichen has consented to visit the Washington, D.C. area in May of 2019 to bestow the two-day major empowerment of Medicine Buddha at the invitation of Sakya Phuntsok Ling, as well as a long-life initiation and teachings on Taking Illness and Pain into the Dharma Path. The teachings will be bestowed in English and simultaneously translated into Mandarin. Everyone is welcome to receive these very special blessings. You may attend in full or in part as your schedule allows, and no sadhana commitment is required. Early registration is encouraged. See  "Registration" for more details.

About Medicine Buddha

Encompassing the totality of healing in all its forms, and touching every thing that lives, Medicine Buddha represents nothing less than the healing of the world. Just as a skilled physician heals the body through the art of medicine, Buddha heals the spirit through the dharma of kindness and compassion. The teachings of Medicine Buddha contain the essence of this dharma and remind us that true healing involves both body and mind. Whether we are seeking relief from illness and anxiety, or wish to prolong the good health of ourselves and others, Medicine Buddha guides us toward the loving attitude that is the foundation of well-being and the source of all our joys.

About His Holiness the Sakya Trichen

His Holiness the Sakya Trichen is the patriarch and revered 41st Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya School, which is one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Tibet in 1945, His Holiness belongs to the ancient and distinguished Khön family, whose history extends back to the early days of Tibet, before the arrival of Buddhism. For more information on His Holiness, including his biography please visit Our Teachers page.

About Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen

Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen is spiritual director of Sakya Phuntsok Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Study and Meditation in Silver Spring, Maryland, which he established in 1986. He is also Abbot and Vice President of Tsechen Kunchab Ling, which was established in 2001 at the advice of His Holiness the Sakya Trichen as the Seat of the Sakya Dolma Phodrang in the Americas. He is a widely recognized and accomplished teacher and translator of Buddhism. His Holiness the Sakya Trichen and other high lamas of the Sakya Order have repeatedly praised his Dharma activities as exemplary. For more information on Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen please visit Our Teachers page.

Prerequisites & Commitments

Prerequisites: To receive the initiations students should have received refuge and have a sincere desire to work for the benefit of all beings.

Requirements: Initiates should follow a vegetarian diet without egg, garlic or onion on the days of the initiations.

Commitments: To try to train the mind to cultivate bodhichitta, the aspiration to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. There are no sadhana or mantra recitation commitments; these initiations may be received as a blessing. A Medicine Buddha sadhana will be available after the initiation for those interested in undertaking daily practice.

Registration

Online Registration is now closed. If you would still like to attend please feel to register at the venue. Students will be able to pay for tuition via cash or credit card. If you have any questions please feel free to contact spl@sakyatemple.org. Opportunities to donate or sponsor are still available - see the appropriate tab for more information.

Important Information About the Program

Registration Donation:
Long Life Initiation and Dharma Teaching - $50
- May 18 | 9:00 AM: Registration | 10:00 AM: Long Life Initiation
- May 18 | 2:00 PM: Check-in/Doors Open | 3:00 PM: Dharma Talk
Children and young adults under the age of 18 are admitted free to the long life initiation and teaching.

Students cannot bring their own food or picnic on the 4H campus; students interested in attending the initiation are encouraged to purchase advanced food tickets for $17.50 each to eat at 4H's on-site cafeteria. Lunch tickets cannot be purchased on site and must be purchased prior to April 18th.

Medicine Buddha Empowerment - $200
- May 19 - 20 | 2:00 PM: Registration | 3:00 PM: Empowerment
Note: To attend the second day of the empowerment you must attend the first.

Prerequisites
There are no specific prerequisites to receive the Medicine Buddha Empowerment, however, students should at a minimum consider themselves Buddhist and have developed enlightenment thought.

No Cancellations or Refunds
Please note that all registrations are final. In case you are not able to attend, your tuition will be converted to an offering to Sakya Phuntsok Ling to help cover the cost of hosting the teachings.

We welcome ordained sangha (gelong/getsul monks and nuns) free of charge but encourage you to register using the form below.

Chinese translation will be provided via FM radio transmission. Please bring an FM radio with headphones for listening to the translation.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Schedule & Location

DAILY SCHEDULE

Long Life Initiation and Dharma Teaching
- May 18 | 9:00 AM: Registration | 10:00 AM: Long Life Initiation
- May 18 | 2:00 PM: Check-in/Doors Open | 3:00 PM: Dharma Talk

Following the initiation His Holiness will bless students with a dharma teaching on "Taking Illness and Pain into the Dharma Path".

Children and young adults under the age of 18 are admitted free to the long life initiation and teaching.

Students cannot bring their own food or picnic on the 4H campus; students interested in attending the initiation are encouraged to purchase advanced food tickets for $17.50 each to eat at 4H's on-site cafeteria. Lunch tickets cannot be purchased on site and must be purchased prior to April 18th.

Medicine Buddha Empowerment
- May 19 - 20 | 2:00 PM: Registration | 3:00 PM: Empowerment
- May 19 | 5:00 PM: Public Audiences

Note: To attend the second day of the empowerment you must attend the first.

Location:
National 4-H Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Ave,
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

The 4-H Conference center is right outside of Washington, D.C. within the beltway. Parking is available on site free of charge. There is an onsite cafeteria for both breakfast and lunch that serves vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals; however, for those who do not want to eat on-site there are plenty of restaurants not far from the conference center in downtown Bethesda. For those who would like to use public transportation the center is accessible via Metro on the Red Line - several options are outlined below:

1. Exit "Friendship Heights" metro station and take either the L8 or L1 buses directly to the conference center.
2. Exit "Bethesda" metro station and walk 1.3 miles to the conference center.
3. Exit "Bethesda" metro station and take taxi, Uber, or Lyft to the center.

Accommodations & Food

For those coming from out of town there are accommodations on site at the National 4-H Conference Center. To book online go to 4-H Conference Center - Room Reservations and enter code 190517saky_001 .

Students cannot bring their own food or picnic on the 4H campus; students interested in attending the initiation are encouraged to purchase advanced food tickets for $17.50 each to eat at 4H's on-site cafeteria. Lunch tickets cannot be purchased on site and must be purchased prior to April 18th. See Registration to purchase tickets.

For those who would like to book their hotel reservations elsewhere we recommend the Bethesda area which is metro accessible connecting you to downtown Washington D.C. and is a short distance from the conference center:

Medicine Buddha Prayer Request Form

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REGISTRATION

SPONSORSHIP

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