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.
Construction on the site is well underway, and updates are regularly shared on our news page and on Facebook.
His Holiness Trichen Gongma Rinpoche has written the following letter of endorsement and encouragement, which can be read in both English and Tibetan.
In 2021 His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin Rinpoche visited Sakya Thegchen Phuntsok Ling at the invitation of Venerable Jamyang Gyaltsen. During his visit, His Holiness toured the full building and made note of the wonderful grounds.
visit from HH The 42nd Sakya Trizin Rinpoche
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 (statues, frescoes, etc.);
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;
A conference hall
Education of Heart and Mind
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.