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H.E. Sakya Jetsunma

Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche

H.E. Chogye Rinpoche

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Angela Knapp


His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin is the Head of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, all its Lineages and sub-sects - and the Spiritual Head of 'Sakya Thubten Namgyal Ling', Markham, Ontario, Canada - which he established in 1978.

His Holiness has benefited the Tibetan community through his establishment and support of Monasteries, Nunneries, Colleges, Schools and Settlements - and also by the bestowing of extensive Dharma Teachings, and his highly respected advice. Moreover, he has not only been a beacon to his own Tibetan community in their time of crisis, but for the benefit of those who desire to study the Lord Buddha's doctrine, the Sakya Trizin has turned the Wheel of Dharma in both the East and the West, making the Dharma available world-wide, travelling repeatedly and regularly to teach in many parts of the world, as well as establishing Asian and Western Dharma Centres.

Since 1953, at the age of eight, until the present, H.H. Sakya Trizin has given teachings and performed innumerable major and minor retreats, including extensive Hevajra, Vajrakilaya and Maha Vairochana retreats, and shorter retreats of all of the major and minor deities of the Sakya Lineage. Apart from these heavy responsibilities he has, in the course of his life so far, written a large number of texts, given numerous initiations - including the entire 'Collection of Sadhanas' three times - and in particular, has bestowed the vast Lam Dre teachings on no fewer than eleven occasions.

From the difficult beginning of exile from his homeland, His Holiness has worked ceaselessly for the preservation and successful reconstitution of Sakya's rich and profound Dharma heritage. He is an unfailing source of wisdom and compassion for his fortunate disciples. In this way, as water is poured from one vase to another, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin first received from many teachers, all of the profound teachings of the Sakya Order - as well as many of the teachings and transmissions of the other lineages of Tibetan Buddhism - and then passed on these teachings to his monks, nuns and lay followers around the world.

He lives, when not engaged on his many commitments, at the Drolma Phodrang in Rajpur, Northern India, together with his wife and two sons, Ratna Vajra and Gyana Vajra - both of whom have themselves received an extensive education in the Buddha Dharma to ensure the unbroken preservation of the Sakya Khön Lineage traditions.

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