segunda-feira, 31 de março de 2014




March 29 to April 23

Photo of His Holiness for 2014 visit
Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen is delighted to announce that His Holiness the Sakya Trizin will begin his 2014 U.S. tour with a month in residence at Tsechen Kunchab Ling Temple, His Holiness’ seat in the United States. From March 30 to April 23, 2014, His Holiness will bestow a banquet of Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings  and also consecrate the Tibetan and Himalayan Cultural Center at Tsechen Kunchab Ling.
His Holiness’ Teachings and Initiations at Tsechen Kunchab Ling
Sun, March 30
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Grand Welcome Ceremony and Long Life Initiation
Tue, April 1 - Thur, April 3
9 am – 5 pm
Teachings on Drogon Chogyal Phagpa’s Gift of Dharma to Kublai Khan
Fri, April 4 - Wed, April 23
9 am – 5 pm
Extensive and Rare Cycle of Vajrayogini Initiations, Blessings, and Teachings
Sat, April 19 - Sun, April 20
1 pm – 5 pm
Dedication of the Tibetan and Himalayan Culture Center at Tsechen Kunchab Ling Temple

Information and Registration

Teachings and Initiations in New York City
Mon, April 7 – Tue, April 8 Kalachakra Two-Day Major Empowerment in New York City at the invitation of Sakya Tsechen Association. For more information see
Sat, April 26 – Sun, April 27
10 am – 5 pm
White Tara initiation and cycle of teachings, oral transmissions of various sutras, a refuge ceremony, bodhisattva precepts, and phowa transmission at the invitation of Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak at Palden Sakya Center in New York City. For more information see

quarta-feira, 26 de março de 2014



quarta-feira, 19 de março de 2014

His Eminence Kyabje Dorje Chang Luding Khenchen Jamyang Tenpei Nyima 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.

domingo, 2 de março de 2014

The Importance of Pilgrimage

The Importance of Pilgrimage
An Interview with His Holiness the Sakya Trizin
“Going to the holy places of the Buddha
is very important. The Buddha Himself
said that ‘after my entering into parinirvana, the
sons and daughters of my followers should visit the four places’. By these four places, the Buddha was referring to Lumbini, the place where He was born, Bodh Gaya where He became enlightened, Sarnath where He first turned the Wheel of Dharma and Kushinagar, where He entered into Parinirvana.
And so, by visiting these places and remembering the infinite qualities of the Buddha, everyone can become purified and gain great merit, even those who have committed heinous crimes. This is why they are called the four great shrines. There are also four minor shrines, Sravasti, Rajgir, Sankassa, and Vaishali.
These are referred to as the four minor places, and one can also gain great merit by visiting them, particularly if one makes material offerings such as butter lamps, flowers, water, incense and food. More importantly, if while visiting these places, one bears in mind how the Buddha loves every sentient being as if they were His only child and one generates loving kindness and compassion along with the enlightenment mind, then with every single moment, one gains immeasurable merit. And therefore it is extremely important to visit
these holy shrines.
I myself visited them for the first time in 1956. We especially came from Tibet at that time, because that year was the celebration of the Buddha’s parinirvana according to the Theravadan tradition and so there were special concessions given to travel to India for
pilgrimage. We visited the four main places and then returned home. Then, in 1959, the troubles started in Tibet and we had to escape, and so we came to India.
In 1960, we visited almost all the holy sites and also went to Nepal for the first time.
Since then, we’ve been living in India, and I’ve
been a number of times to some of the holy sites, especially Lumbini, since we go there almost every year for our annual Mönlam. But in the past years, I haven’t been to any of the holy places apart from Lumbini, and so last year I decided to visit them partly because of all the suffering that is going on in the world, specially the self-immolations in Tibet and natural disasters everywhere, with so many people
dying. Also, I visited Taiwan last year and many
people gave me offerings to pray for the deceased. I thought that the best way to help them was to visit the holy places, and so we went, not only with my family but with a group of monks from the Sakya Centre so that we could perform grand rituals in these holy
Quite a long time ago, I had visited the four
major shrines and had performed the grand Sixteen-Arhat Puja in each of them for the sake of the Buddhadharma as well as for the benefit of all beings.
I had also performed the shorter Sixteen-Arhat puja in the minor shrines. And now, I wanted to do this again.
Although we couldn’t do the same in some of the places, like Sankassa, because they were too difficult of access, we did perform the grand Sixteen Arhat Puja in Sravasti, Vaishali, Varanasi and even a three-day one in Bodh Gaya. We also celebrated a one-day Vajrayogini feast puja in Varanasi, as it was the 10th
day of the lunar month when we were there. We went to Nalanda and also to Vikramshila, which was a very important centre of Higher Buddhist Studies, like Nalanda, and was the seat of many masters like Atisha and those of the Lamdre lineage. The first Tibetan lama to receive the Lamdre was Drogmi Lotsawa Sakya Yeshe, who travelled all the way from Tibet to India to study Buddhist Philosophy, and most of his studies were done at Vikramshila, and so I wanted to
go. It was a difficult journey, but it was worthwhile.
We couldn’t perform the long puja there, but we did perform the short one. It was my first time there, as well as in Kaushambi; otherwise I had been in all the other places, although I hadn’t been to Vaishali in a long, long time – 1956.
And so my main purpose for going on pilgrimage
was to pray for the deceased. For their sake we
performed all these grand pujas and also we did
Mahakala torma offerings in cemeteries. Apart
from this, I recited 100 times the ‘Aspiration of
Samantabhadra’ prayer as part of my own daily
And so our pilgrimage went very well, there
weren’t any problems. Everyone was in good health and enjoyed visiting these holy sites and we all received many blessings. We prayed that the Buddha’s teachings would spread all over the world, and especially that Vajrayana Buddhism would continue to thrive in Tibet, alongside all the other traditions, Mahayana and Hinayana.”.


Dear Dharma Friends,

Happy New Year of the Wooden Horse!

I hope that this closing year has been a fruitful one for all.  It has been a very good one for us, blessing us with the birth of our delightful new granddaughter, Jetsunma Kunga Chimey Wangmo Sakya, who brings great joy to her parents, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and Dagmo Kushok Kalden Dunkyi, as well as to her siblings and to her grandparents.

Our year was filled with Dharma activities, among which were the bestowal of precious teachings to numerous students in Europe, the U.S.A. and Singapore, alongside my younger son Gyana Vajra Rinpoche. Upon my return to India, I had the auspicious opportunity to undertake a strict retreat that has lasted until very recently.

Over the year, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche had the privilege of sharing Dharma teachings with many students here in India as well as in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Nepal as well as taking active part in innovative programmes designed to successfully bring our Dharma treasures into this modern era. And, following his European and American trips with His Holiness, Gyana Vajra Rinpoche was Vajra Master at our Annual Vajrakilaya Puja at the Sakya Centre and, more recently, conducted the Vajrakilaya Drupchod in Singapore.

And now, a fresh year is upon us, and with it a promise of inner and outer renewal. The Wooden Horse is a powerful symbol in Buddhism, with the horse representing energy and effort in the practice of Dharma and wood the material that shapes the Tree of Enlightenment. Astride such a horse, let us follow the example of the great yogis and strive to cut the root of samsara, to then gallop on the plains of great bliss toward enlightenment. I pray that every day of this new year may bring each one of us inexhaustible vigour and enthusiasm for spiritual growth, and unexcelled circumstances for the performance of enlightened activities.

May all beings be filled with the blessings of the Buddha and be utterly free of suffering.
May they enjoy perfect joy and happiness.

The Sakya Trizin