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The current Sakya Trizin is the 41st Sakya Trizin. He is referred to as His Holiness Sakya Trizin. His religious name is Ngawang Kunga Tegchen Palbar Trinley Samphel Wangyi Gyalpo. Sakya Trizin is considered second only to the Dalai Lama in the spiritual hierarchy of Tibetan Buddhism.

Sakya Trizin was born on September 7, 1945 in Tsedong, near Shigatse, Tibet. From his father, Vajradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen, he received important initiations and teachings in the Sakya lineage. He began intensive religious study at the age of five. In 1952, he was officially designated as the next Sakya Trizin by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. He continued intensive training from his main teacher Ngawang Lodroe Shenpen Nyingpo and many other famous Tibetan scholars, studying extensively in both the esoteric and exoteric Buddhist traditions. In 1959, at the age of fourteen, he was formally enthroned as head of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism. In the same year, due to the political situation in Tibet, the Sakya Trizin, his family, and many lamas and monks from the Sakya Monastery relocated to India.

To maintain the unbroken lineage of the Khon family, in 1974 Sakya Trizin consented to requests that he accept Tashi Lhakee, daughter of a noble family from Dege in Kham as his consort. In the same year his first son, H.E. Khondung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, was born. In 1979, a second son, H.E. Khondung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche was born.

After leaving Tibet, in 1963, the Sakya Trizin re-established the seat of the Sakya Order in Rajpur, India, building a monastery known as Sakya Centre. Since that time, he has worked tirelessly to preserve the thousand-year-old religious heritage of the Sakya Order and to transmit its teachings to succeeding generations. He founded and directly guides a number of institutions, including Sakya Monastery in Rajpur, Sakya Institute, Sakya College, Sakya Nunnery, Sakya College for Nuns, Sakya Tibetan Settlement, Sakya Hospital, dozens of other monasteries in Tibet, Nepal, and India, and numerous Dharma Centers in many countries. The newest in the United States is our center Tsechen Namdrol Ling at Santa Fe, N.M., inaugurated by HH Sakya Trizin in May, 2014 and incorporated in the State of New Mexico in May, 2015.

Sakya Trizin is a highly accomplished Buddhist master respected by all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and teaches widely throughout the world. He has bestowed the extensive Lam Dre teaching cycle, which is the most important teaching of the Sakya Order over 18 times on various continents, and also transmitted major initiation cycles such as Collection of All the Tantras, and the Collection of all the Sādhanās, which contain almost all of the empowerments for the esoteric practices of the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism to hundreds of lineage holders in the next generation of Buddhist teachers. He has trained both of his sons, Khonrig Ratna Vajra Sakya and Khonrig Gyana Vajra Sakya, as highly accomplished Buddhist masters, and they both travel widely, teaching Buddhism throughout the world. (Info: Sakya Darjeeling)


His Holiness’ First Trip to Santa Fe: May 5-6, 2014


On the morning of May 6th, His Holiness bestowed a public teaching “Buddha Dharma in Daily Life” and offered a Refuge Ceremony for the general public.  In the afternoon, He conferred the “Rigsum Gonpo” empowerment of the Three Bodhisattvas ~ Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani.  He inaugurated and blessed the newest Sakya center, Tsechen Namdrol Ling.  That evening, there was a grand appreciation dinner with splendid performances by the Potala Tibetan Dance Troupe, delicious Tibetan & Indian food and a wonderful congregation of guests.

His Holiness’ Visit to Santa Fe was Organized by Tsechen Namdrol Ling
& Co-sponsored by the Vikramasila Foundation

Extra Special Thanks for All the Generous, Energetic Support to
The Tibetan Association of Santa Fe

Great Appreciation to Our Noble Teachers & All who so graciously helped
We look forward to hosting His Holiness & entourage again soon…