Our Approach

Our Story

Our Story

Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen established Sakya Phuntsok Ling in 1986 to create a place for the authentic study and practice of Lord Buddha's teachings. The Center's aim is to help those interested in Buddhism come into contact with great spiritual masters, and to train those interested in personal study and practice.

The Sakya Order recommends an even balance of philosophical study and meditative practice. The Sakya Center maintains a monastic residence, study and practice center not far from the Takoma Park Metro Station. The center aspires to offer students a unique chance to develop both aspects of' their practice. The Sakya Center is also a branch center of our main temple Tsechen Kunchab Ling located in the lovely quiet village of Walden, NY (www.sakyatemple.org).

The Sakya Order is one of the four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Since its establishment 800 years ago, it has produced a long line of great scholars and spiritual masters. The Sakya doctrine includes the full range of the enormous variety of the Buddha's teachings. It is characterized by balanced emphasis of study and meditation, and close adherence to authentic sources of the Buddha's teachings. Sakya Phuntsok Ling is under the guidance of His Holiness the Sakya Trizen, the forty-first head of the Sakya Order. Second only to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he travels frequently from his monastery in India to teach throughout the world.

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