Jaigon Sakya Monastery & Buddha Bharati School, India


On a visit to Bhutan in the 2000’s, H.H. the late Jigdal Dagchen Sakya crossed the
border to Jaigon in the Indian state of West Bengal and remarked that this was a favorable site for a Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Later, a generous plot of land was acquired and the work to ful ll H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya’s goal began.
Following the passing of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya in 2016, his family, Sangha and
supporters have redoubled efforts to establish the monastery and an adjacent school just as he wished for. The goal is to have a much-needed space substantial enough to facilitate the revival and continuation of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings and practices, particularly those of the Sakya Khön lineage that H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya passed onto three of his grandsons: H.E Avikrita Vajra Sakya, H.E. Abhaya Vajra Sakya and H.E. Asanga Vajra Sakya.


The monastery being built is called Sakya Thegchen Phuntsok Ling in Tibetan, which means “the Sanctuary for the Mahayana Teachings of Sakya to be Abundant” and will follow the curriculum of teachings established by the Khön dynasty in Sakya’s headquarters in Tibet, Lhakhang Chenmo. This will include:

  • The study of the classical treatises of the Nalanda tradition of Buddhist philosophy;
  • The periodic teaching of the Path that Include the Result (Lamdre);
  • The daily Tara Puja for world peace and healing;
  • The daily Mahakala Puja for protection and clearing obstacles;
  • The monthly Guru Dorje Dragpo Tsal puja;
  • The annual grand ceremonies focused on the tantric mandalas of Vajrakila, Hevajra, Vajrayogini and others along with the anniversaries of the great masters of the tradition;
  • Various other teachings, meditations and spiritual activities.


The layout of the monastery has been designed to facilitate the ideal
study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism. This will include

  • The Sakya Thegchen Phuntsok Ling main temple including Shakyamuni Buddha statue, 21 Taras shrine, Sakya Founders statues and other Dharma-supports;
  • The Phuntsok Phodrang residence for H.E Avikrita Vajra Sakya, H.E. Abhaya Vajra Sakya and H.E. Asanga Vajra Sakya along with their family and staff;
  • The Domtson Dampa Library housing the teachings of the Buddha (Kangyur), the classic Indian Buddhist commentaries (Tengyur) the collected works of the Sakya Masters, archives of many rare and important Tibetan Buddhist texts, and modern academic materials;
  • The H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Memorial Stupa with interior prayer-wheel and statue;
  • The Protector Shrine including statues of the main Dharma Protectors, Mahakala, Magzorma, etc.;
  • The Lamdre Hall (that will eventually house a 3D Sakya Refuge Tree) for daily Ngondro practice and Guru Pujas on special occasions;
  • The Manjushri Hall with statues and paintings of the Rigsum Gönpo (Lords of the Three Enlightened Families – Manjushri, Chenrezig and Vajrapani) for individual meditation;
  • Monks’ quarters;
  • Guest quarters;
  • A conference hall


The school, which is being built nearby Sakya Thegchen Phuntsok Ling, is called Buddha Bharati School. It will provide a comprehensive education to Tibetan and local children, male and female, in Tibetan language from elementary classes up to college level. Contemporary languages and sciences will also be taught so that the unique knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism will be safe in the hands of students equipped to relate their education and culture to the modern world.


Generous benefactors enabled the land for Sakya Thegchen Phuntsok to be obtained and building work to begin but further funds are needed to ful ll the goal to establish this sacred space. Any donations in support of our goals are gratefully received. In addition, those who wish may sponsor individual aspects of the project. An outline of the funds required to reach that goal is as follows:

  • Main temple construction
  • Shakyamuni Buddha statue
  • Main shrine objects and paintings
  • Lamdre Hall Shrine
  • Manjushri Hall Shrine
  • Tara shrine
  • Monks’ quarters
  • Guest quarters
  • Sakya Founders statues
  • The Phuntsok Phodrang residence
  • Domtson Dampa Library including texts
  • H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Memorial Stupa with interior prayer-wheel and statue
  • Protector Shrine including statues and paintings
  • Main school building and equipment
  • Overall building, engineering, costs etc

• 15 acre of land, or ~ 60700 m2;
• Located in an open valley in Jaigaon, West Bengal, India. 209m above sea level, with a good view of the mountains in Bhutan and rivers nearby;
• Conveniently located near cities such as Siliguri, Darjeeling, etc. The closest
international airport is 160km away;
• The climate is warm and temperate. Over the course of a whole year, the temperature
typically varies from 13°C to 34°C.

• The main building, with 11600 m2 building area, is a 5 floored
comprehensive structure with shrine halls, classrooms, library, auditoriums,
dormitory, dining hall, etc.
• 1 temple,
• 3 small auditoriums,
• 1 protector hall,
• 1 Tara hall,
• 1 library,
• 6 administrative of ces,
• 22 classrooms,
• 2 meeting rooms,
• 4 bedrooms for high lamas,
• 1 staff room for teachers,
• 56 dormitory rooms,
• 1 big kitchen,
• 6 small kitchens,
• 2 dining halls,
• 6 public toilets…
Ground Floor Plan

• Since the project started in 2017, the main structure of the four-storied complex building is almost finished. Total cost incurred by April 2021 is R.S. 61.5 million, or ~ USD 837,000.
The foundation of the main body structure
The foundation of the complex Scaffold and floor formwork Gen Jamyang Gyaltsen supervising the work

Structure of the complex building (part) Structure of the complex building (front)
The roof of the complex building has been capped Structure of the complex building (back) Reinforced concrete foundation beam and column

• Estimated Total Cost: USD 3 million; Unmet needs:~ USD 2.2 million
• The actual cost is subject to nal occurrence and may increase or decrease.
12 May the virtue of all the generosity given in support of Sakya
Thegchen Phuntsok Ling cause the precious jewel of Tibetan
Buddhism to shine forever in our world!