The Tibetan Association of Washington is a non-profit organization of Tibetans in the State of Washington. It strives to preserve and promote the unique Tibetan Cultural tradition within the Tibetan Community and further the just cause of Tibet. The Tibetan Association is committed to the principle of non-violence and supports the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the temporal and Spiritual leader of Tibet. It recognizes the Tibetan Government in Exile, based in India, as the legitimate government of Tibet.

Kalon Dicki Chhoyangla’s visit - Feb 7th at 3pm‏

February 7, 2015
3:00 pm




Kalon Dicki Chhoyangla od DIIR and Ngawang Yontenla from Office of Tibet will be in Seattle on Feb 7th as part of the north west tour. I urge all our community members to attend the meeting. Kalon Chhoyangla’s meeting with the community meeting  is at 3pm at Sakya Gonpa. We have our monthly prayers after the meeting. The program on Saturday Feb 7th is as below:

3pm: Kalon Dicki Chhoyangla’s reception
3:15: Speech by Kalon followed by question answers.
6pm: Monthly prayers and Mangja sponsors are Tsering Yuthokla and family.

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February 8, 2015
10:00 amto12:00 pm


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February 1, 2015
10:00 amto12:00 pm


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Monthly Monlam Prayer for Tibet

February 7, 2015
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

What: Monlam: Prayer Service for Self-immolation Martyrs of Tibet 

Date: Febuary 7th 2014
Where: @ Sakya Gompa
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Refreshment Sponsors:

February 7th 2015 : Yuthok TseringYoudon la
March 14th 2015 Thinley la


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In Memory of Venerable Dhongthog Rinpoche (1933-2015)


In Memory of Venerable Dhongthog Rinpoche (1933-2015)


Venerable Dhongthog Tanpi Gyaltshan passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on January 13, 2015 at approximately 4:30 a.m. (PST) in Seattle, Washington. According to Tibetan astrological readings, final rites were performed on the third day following his passing, soon after which two rainbows appeared consecutively amid grey cloudy skies. According to the Tibetan calendar, Rinpoche was 83 years old. Dhongthog Rinpoche is celebrated as one of the most prolific Tibetan Buddhist scholars in modern times. Rinpoche was born on December 29, 1933 into the Thinkhangtsang Family from Kandze, Tibet as the oldest of seven children. As a child Rinpoche was recognized as the fifth reincarnation of Jampal Rigpai Raldri by His Holiness Sakya Dagchen Ngawang Kunga Rinchen Rinpoche of Dolma Palace, and was subsequently enthroned at Dhongthog Rigdrol Phuntsog Ling Monastery in Kardze, Tibet. Rinpoche studied Tibetan Buddhist literature and philosophy at the renowned Dzongsar Institute, Dege (Tibet) under the tutelage of His Holiness Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö. Rinpoche also had the honor of receiving teachings from some of the most renowned Buddhist masters.


Dhongthog Rinpoche spent over a decade serving the Tibetan Government-in-Exile at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala and the Tibet House in New Delhi. Rinpoche is also known for writing the first English-Tibetan Dictionary, The New Light English-Tibetan Dictionary (1973), and numerous publications on Tibetan literature, history and philosophy. Rinpoche moved to Seattle, Washington in 1979 at the invitation of His Holiness Sakya Dagchen Rinpoche. Rinpoche eventually established the Sapan Institute in 1987, to continue his life-long commitment to publishing scholarly works and the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and language. His literary works include: English-Tibetan Dictionary, The History of Sakyapa School of Tibetan Buddhism, The Timely Shower, The Timely Flame, The Peacock’s Joyful Dance, The Cleansing Water-drops and The Earth Shaking Thunder of True Word - also available in English. In addition, Rinpoche worked as a translator and editor on the Tibetan version of Sogyal Rinpoche’s The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and translated David Jackson’s biography of Dezhung Rinpoche into Tibetan.


In the early 1990s, Rinpoche and his personal attendant, the late Gonpo Dorjee, made a monumental trip back to Dhongthog Rigdrol Phuntsog Ling Monastery in Kandze Tibet for the first time since leaving in the 1940s. Rinpoche leaves behind devoted monks at Dhongthog Rigdrol Phuntsog Ling Monastery. Rinpoche is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter and extended family.


Condolences can be sent to the family at: Dhongthog Family, 28617 15th Ave. South Federal Way, WA 98003. Donations towards the continuation of Dhongthog Rinpoche’s life long work and legacy can be made to:  Sapan Institute C/O Ceon Ramon, 2742 32nd St. NE - Seattle, WA 98115


At the advice of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Ku-dung cremation service will be performed in Seattle, Washington. Friends and community members are welcome to attend the ceremony to pay their last respects. The event information is below:


Date: January 21st (Wednesday) 2015


 Time: 10:00am - 11:30am  


Address: Bonney Watson Funeral Home, 1732 Broadway Seattle, WA


Washington Memorial Park

16445 International Blvd. Seatac, WA 98188 


With warm prayers, 

Dhongthog Rigdrol Phuntsog Ling Monastery


Dhongthog Family 


In Tibetan translation below:



 Dhongthog Rigdrol Phuntsog Ling Monastery





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