His Holiness the Sakya Trichen
His Holiness the Sakya Trichen is the 41st Sakya Trizin and the supreme head of the Sakya School, which is one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Tibet in 1945, His Holiness belongs to the ancient and distinguished Khön family, whose history extends back to the early days of Tibet, before the arrival of Buddhism.
For a complete biography, as well as information on the Sakya Lineage of Tibetan Buddism in general, please visit the Sakya Centre website. The Sakya Centre situated in Rajpur, Dehradun is the personal monastery of His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin
His Holiness Khondung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the eldest son of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Renowned for his erudition and the clarity of his teachings, Rinpoche belongs to the prestigious Sakya Khön family, whose successive generations have provided an unbroken lineage of outstanding masters.
Born on 19th November, 1974 in Dehradun, India, His Holiness was, from birth, the recipient of countless blessings, empowerments and teachings from His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin as well as many other learned and accomplished masters.
Rinpoche’s formal education began when he was six years old, under the tutorship of Venerable Rinchen Sangpo, with the study of Tibetan reading, writing, grammar, memorisation and recitation of basic prayers and rituals. In 1987, when His Holiness was twelve, he passed his first major examination at the Sakya Centre in Rajpur, Dehradun. Two years later, he completed his basic studies of the major rituals and scriptures of the tradition
In 1990, Rinpoche joined the Sakya College where he studied mainly Buddhist philosophy under the late Khenpo Migmar Tsering. In 1998, after years of rigorous training, His Holiness completed his studies there and was awarded the Kachupa degree, “master of ten scriptures“. In addition to his philosophical studies, His Holiness received many exoteric and esoteric teachings, empowerments, blessings, initiations, oral transmissions, explanations and pith instructions, mainly from His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, and also from many other important lineage masters, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, and Khenchen Appey Rinpoche.
Starting from the early age of twelve, His Holiness has completed numerous meditation retreats, including the rigorous and complete Hevajra retreat, one of the prerequisites for bestowing the Lamdre empowerments.
Among all his precious teachers, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin has always been, and continues to be, his main Root Guru and source of guidance and inspiration.
In 2002, after a long search for a suitable wife, Her Eminence Dagmo Kalden Dunkyi, was chosen, in the age-old Sakya tradition of holy divination, to be the spiritual consort of His Holiness. They have three children together, who are also being brought up in accordance with the ancient Buddhist traditions of scholarship.
With wisdom and compassion, His Holiness continues to regularly transmit numerous empowerments and teachings at renowned Buddhist institutes such as the Sakya Institute, the Dzongsar Institute, Sakya College, Tantric College, International Buddhist Academy, and countless other schools, centres, and monasteries all over the world.
In 2017, His Holiness will inherit the mantle of leadership from his esteemed father and Root Guru, in his new capacity as His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In doing so, he will continue to guide and inspire Dharma students from all over the world with his wisdom, genuine qualities of unaffected simplicity, humility and complete honesty, by presenting the Buddha’s teachings in the most authentic way, while maintaining the purest of Buddhist traditions.
His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche
His Eminence Kyabje Dorje Chang Luding Khenchen Jamyang Tenpei Nyima Rinpoche is one of the most highly respected and learned teachers of the Sakya tradtion and of Tibetan Buddhism at large. It is believed that H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche is an emanation of Vajrapani. His Eminence is the Head of the Ngor Lineage, one of the two sub-sects of the Sakya tradition. He was born to the clan of Shang, Sharchen or Ludingpa, which is renowned for producing great scholars and siddhas.
At the age of ten, according to the Luding lineage, H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche was ordained as a monk by his uncle and root Guru, the most gracious Khenchen Sharchen Jamyang Thupten Lungtok Gyaltsen Palsangpo. His Eminence then spent all his time learning and receiving instructions on Lamdre, The Seven Mandalas of Ngor tradition, The Thirteen Golden Dharmas and countless other initiations and teachings. His Eminence stayed on innumerable major and minor retreats, practicing almost all the deities of the Sakya and the Ngor traditions. At the age of seventeen, His Eminence stayed on a three-and-half year continuous retreat, practicing mainly on the sadhana of Hevajra and other major deities.
At the age of 24 in 1954, His Eminence was enthroned as the 75th abbot of Ngor Ewan Chodan Monastery. The position of the Head Abbot of Ngor was traditionally held for a 3-year period, in which extensive teachings are given, almost non-stop, of which Lamdre and the Seven Mandalas of the Ngor were the main teachings. Normally the 3-year period as head abbot of Ngor monastery alternates between its four Ngor Houses (Ladrangs), Luding, Khangsar, Thartse and Phende. After the year of 1959, the Ngor Lineage was continued by the Ngor Abbot H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche in India. His Eminence has effectively lead and maintained the Ngor School up to 16th March 2000, when he handed the Abbotship to his nephew H.E Luding Khen Rinpoche (current abbot of Ngor Monastery read more).
In 1959 His Eminence arrived in Darjeeling, India, close to the Indo-Tibetan border and in 1961 he propagated the Ngor Lineage in Gangtok, Sikkim. In 1978 until the present day H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche established the Ngor Ewam Choden Monastery, a Sub-sect of the Sakya Tradition, in northern India where His Eminence has been residing for the last 25 years.
His Eminence has contributed greatly to the Buddhadharma by bestowing extensive Dharma teachings, empowerments, oral transmissions and re-establishing summer retreats in almost all of the Sakya Monasteries in India, Nepal and other Sakya centres around the world. He has given the precious Lam Dre teachings both common and uncommon 15 times, a countless number of initiations and teachings on the Thirteen Golden Dharmas of the Sakya tradition, the Seven Mandalas of the Ngor tradition, and major and minor deities of the Sakya and Ngor traditions.
His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche
His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche is the second son of Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Chimey Luding, the sister of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. Her Eminence is married to Se Kushok Rinchen Luding, the brother of the senior Abbot of the Ngor Monastery, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Jamyang Tenpei Nyima Rinpoche (Luding Khenchen Rinpoche Senior). Rinpoche belongs to one of the oldest royal families of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
As a child since 10 years of age, Rinpoche was selected and trained as the successor for the future Abbot of the Ngor sub-sect of the Sakya Tradition. Until this present time, Rinpoche underwent intensive and rigorous training, a common requirement for a Tibetan Buddhist Lineage Holder. In addition to the daily tutelage under the direction of senior Ngor Abbot Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, Luding Khen Rinpoche also received numerous teachings and empowerments from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin.
Being a Lineage Holder, Rinpoche is well versed in all the common and uncommon collections of teachings of the Sakya Tradition. In the category of Tantra teachings, Rinpoche has studied and supremely mastered the precious Lam Dre teaching as well as all the categories of the collections of Tantras and the collections of Sadhanas, which include many rare secret and sacred teachings. Rinpoche diligently completed all the many important retreats required by an authentic Vajrayana Master. Rinpoche is an accomplished philosophical scholar and a graduate of the Sakya College of Higher Buddhist Philosophy in Dehra Dun, Northern India. Here Rinpoche studied under the guidance of the Late and Most Revered Khenchen Appey Rinpoche and the Late Most Venerable Khenpo Mingmar Tsering. As a result, Rinpoche is exceptionally well trained in both the Tantras and the Sutras.
After graduating from Sakya College in March 2000, Rinpoche was enthroned as the 76th Abbot of Ngor Ewan Chodan Monastery. Thereafter as the main Lineage Holder, Rinpoche travels far and wide to bestow many Vajrayana teachings and Initiations in India and Nepal and in the West in Northern America, Canada, Europe and Australia as well as exensively throughout South-East Asia. Rinpoche’s vast and profound knowledge of the Dharma and precise explanation of the entire Vajrayana teachings is immensely respected by even the most remarkable teachers of our time.
Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen
Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen is Abbot and Vice President of Tsechen Kunchab Ling. He established the temple in 2001 at the advice of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin as His Holiness’ Temple Seat in the United States, courageously and skillfully carrying out His Holiness’ intentions in identifying and renovating the property, constructing a beautiful temple, gathering a monastic sangha, and developing and teaching the daily religious and cultural programs there. Venerable Khenpo Kalsang is also spiritual director of Sakya Phuntsok Ling Centers for Tibetan Buddhist Study and Meditation in Silver Spring, Maryland and several other branches of Tsechen Kunchab Ling throughout the country. He is a widely recognized and accomplished teacher and translator of Buddhism. His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and other high lamas of the Sakya Order have repeatedly praised his Dharma activities as exemplary.