Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism - Seattle, WA
N 47° 41.351 W 122° 21.495
10T E 548158 N 5281954
Quick Description: Sakya Tibetan Monastery in Seattle's Greenwood Neighborhood
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 10:24:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMDZAB
The Sakya Tibetan Monastery is a colorful landmark in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. The building is painted in traditional Tibetan colors and the trees are festooned with colorful prayer flags. A large white bell-shaped stupa symbolizing the Buddha’s enlightened mind, sits on the corner. Around the stupa and along the side of the building are many prayer wheels.
The building was constructed in 1928 as a Presbyterian church, and was home to several different Christian faiths before being sold to the Tibetan Buddhists in 1984. The building's address, 108 NW 83rd Street was a significant factor in choosing this location because Tibetan Buddhism prayer beads have 108 beads, hence, 108 is a sacred number in Tibetan Buddhism. The building has since been renovated and now serves the local community with religious services, meditation rooms, a school, library, and cultural center. It was visited and consecrated by the Dalai Lama himself.
Full name of the abbey/monastery/convent: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
108 NW 83rd Street
Seattle, WA USA
Religious affiliation: Tibetan Buddhism
Date founded/constructed: 1984
Web Site: [Web Link]
Status of Use: Acitvely Used
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