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H. E. Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche and the officers of Sakya Society give notice that we are extending the temporary closing of the Sakya Kachod Choling retreat center to the public, which began on March 2nd, 2020, due to the unfortunate coronavirus outbreak crisis in the United States.  We are taking this measure [...]

Khenpo Kunga Dhondup

Khenpo Kunga Dhondup is from Lo-Monthang, the capital city of Mustang, Nepal. Khenpo-la became a monk at the age of 10 and was ordained at Choede Monastery in Lo-Monthang. At the age of 21 he studied at Sakya Monastery for 4 years and then an additional 3 more years perfecting his skills as a [...]

Enlightenment Stupa

Enlightenment Stupa An enlightenment stupa will be built on the retreat center grounds in June and July 2020.  Everyone is invited to the blessing of the new stupa on July 15, 2020. Reservations are required for planning purposes. Please reserve a place by calling the Retreat Manager at 360-378-4059 or by sending [...]

Friday, October 18: Public Talk on Meditation ~ An Ancient Practice to Help You Understand Your Own Mind

Khenpo Pema returns to Friday Harbor for the fifth time to explain familiar concepts from a Buddhist perspective. This time it is meditation that will be examined. Khenpo Pema will lead us through an explanation of Buddhist meditation practices, such as Calm Abiding, that help us understand the sources and nature of happiness and [...]

Saturday, October 19: What It Means to “Take Refuge” with Khenpo Pema

Khenpo Pema will explain the meaning of  the Buddhist practice of "taking refuge" on Saturday morning, October 19, from 10 am to 12 noon. The teaching will include an opportunity to renew refuge vows or take them for the first time. Lunch follows at noon.  Suggested donation $20 at the door.   Pre-registration appreciated but not [...]

October 19-25: Mind Training (Lojong) Retreat with Khenpo Pema Wangdak

Mind Training meditation, or Lojong as it is called in the Tibetan language, involves methods for transforming the mind by cultivating beneficial mental habits.  Khenpo Pema will give instructions and guide retreatants in the performance of the meditation. The meditation retreat is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators, and there are no [...]

Our History

Sakya Kachod Choling began in 1987 with the good intentions and devotion of two of Jetsun Kushok’s students who wished to build a retreat house for her.  Rinpoche advised them to find land on San Juan Island or Shaw Island. After looking at a number of places for sale and consulting every step of [...]