Special Event

His Holiness the Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, Vancouver Program 28-29 April 2018



Medicine Buddha Empowerment – 28 April 2018

The Buddha who heals all illnesses and cures all sufferings is commonly known as Medicine Buddha. The empowerment of Medicine Buddha is requested by the Tibetan Cultural Society of BC. It will be conducted in Tibetan with no translation. However, in order to provide the precious opportunity to receive this empowerment and blessings from His Holiness, a limited number of tickets is available to the public. Click here to go to Eventbrite registration page for details

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Date: 28th and 29th April 2018
Venue: Performance Works
1218 Cartwright St,
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8

Click here to go to Eventbrite registration page

1. Chenrezig King’s Tradition

28 April 2018
Admission: 9:00AM – 9:50AM
Empowerment: 10:00AM-12:30PM
Admission: 1:30PM
Teaching on Chenrezig King’s tradition: 2:00PM-4:00PM

The lineage of this empowerment comes from King Songtsen Gampo, the great benevolent king of Tibet. Arya Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig), assuming the form of human king in Songtsen Gampo, translated the Sutra and Tantra teachings and proclaimed the practice of ten virtues in whole of Tibet. With compassion aplenty, he showed the path of Ripening and Realization to the fortunate and uncommon disciples. He pioneered the birth of Buddhism in Tibet and introduced and propagated the practice of the six-syllabi Mantra. Aiming for the betterment of future disciples, he classified the teachings of Arya Avalokiteshwara into three categories viz. the Sutra, the Practice (Tantra) and the Advices which later widely came to be known as the royal testament of the king. Thus came the first ever Dharma of Tibet popularly known as the Mahakarunakaya king’s tradition—the wish-fulfilling jewel of the subduer of beings.

2. White Tara

29 April 2018 Morning
Admission: 9:00AM – 9:50AM
Empowerment: 10:00AM-12:00PM

This empowerment is in the tradition of Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik, “The Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady of Immortality”, a long life practice discovered as mind terma by Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo. Jamyang Khyentse revealed the terma of Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik at his seat Dzongsar Tashi Lhatse in a vision of the three masters who attained the level of vidyadhara with power over life: Guru Rinpoche, Vimalamitra and Shri Singha. Through its power and blessings, many masters, including the great Jamgön Kongtrul, have been able to remove obstacles. White Tara eradicates illnesses and enhances one’s life span which is beneficial for practicing the Dharma.

(source: Rigpawiki)

3. Green Tara

29 April 2018 Afternoon
Admission: 1:00PM – 1:50PM
Empowerment: 2:00PM – 4:00PM

The emanation of the goddess Tara, the “mother of liberation”, is thought to originate from the tears of compassion shed by the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig. This particular practice comes from the tradition of the great Indian sage Atīśa Dīpaṃkara. Tara, Atīśa’s personal yidam, appeared in his vision and guided him in many important decisions in his life. Atīśa is greatly credited for revitalizing and spreading the Buddha Dharma in Tibet. Tara offers protection from fear and the eight obscurations. It is said that even through simply remembering Her, the common and excellent siddhis are bestowed.

(various sources, including Wikipedia)


This is a free event. Please obtain your tickets via Eventbrite as admission is only for ticket holders. Please note each empowerment has its own ticket. Only online registration is available, there will be no onsite registration. We reserve the right to restrict the number of tickets for each order/subscriber.

  • Sponsor categories tickets: Donors who donate $100 or more for each ticket are regarded as sponsors. They will have priority seats, a reserved section near the front as the society’s way of acknowledging their contribution. All sponsors’ donation will be eligible to receive a Canadian tax receipt. (*The first 50 sponsors who offer an aggregate of $250 or more to the society for the weekend will receive a printed Manjushri thangka, specially blessed by Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche as a token of thanks. The thangkas can be collected at the event site.)
  • Donation: Attendees who wish to offer other amounts of donation may use the donation ticket. Please fill in your desired contribution amount. Donation will be eligible for a Canadian tax receipt.
  • Monastics: Tickets for monastics are designated only for ordained monks or nuns and not for lay attendees.
  • General Admission: Tickets for the general public.
  • Volunteer: Tickets for volunteers of the event. We will contact you one month before the event. Please only subscribe to the volunteers’ tickets if you are prepared to help during the event.


  • Chinese translation will be provided via FM radio transmission. Please bring an FM radio with headphones for listening to the translation.
  • The centre will provide cushions for sitting on the floor. However, as we do not have sufficient cushion for all attendees, please bring along your sitting cushion, if you have one.
  • If you require a chair, please write to us at sakyavancouver@shaw.ca by 10th April 2018.
  • Please only register if you are confirmed coming to the event. Should you not be able to attend the event, please kindly cancel the ticket in order to give opportunity to another attendee. Thank you for being considerate.
  • 中文翻译将通过FM无线电传输提供。 请带有耳机的FM收音机收听翻译。
  • 该中心将提供在地板上的坐垫。 但是由于我们没有足够的坐垫,如果你有自己的坐垫,请自备。 如果您需要椅子,请于2018年4月10日前致信sakyavancouver@shaw.ca。
  • 如果您无法参加此活动,请将票取消,以让另一位与会者有机会参加。 谢谢。

Donation for the event

The cost of renting the hall, hosting, and paying for the travel expenses of the visiting group is substantial. If you would like to accumulate merit by helping sponsor this auspicious event, we would greatly appreciate your generous donations. Please consider contributing. We appreciate any amount of donation that you may be able to give. You may donate at our website or send a cheque to our society. As a small token of appreciation for your generosity, the first 50 sponsors who donated $250 or more for the weekend program will each receive a printed Manjushri thangka, specially blessed by Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche, collectable during the event from the sponsors desk. Go to our donation page to donate now. [click here]