Sakya Chronicles

Sakya Chronicles

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Sharing the Dharma, with H.E. Dagmo Kusho: 12 Deeds of Lord Buddha

Excerpted from our live streamed event. In her talk, H.E. Dagmo Kusho (Dagmola) discusses the Twelve Deeds of Lord Buddha and the importance of pilgrimage.

H.E. Sakya Khöndung Abhaya Vajra Rinpoche at the Summer Rains Retreat

His Eminence Khöndung Abhaya Vajra Rinpoche of the Glorious Sakya’s Phuntsok Phodrang at the end of the Summer Rains Retreat at Dzongsar Institute in the Aryan Land of India, 2017, on the first day of the eighth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, the end of retreat procession marking the birthday of our great Vajradhara, supreme Refuge and Cakranatha, H.H. the 41st Sakya Gongma Trichen, making the Smoke Offering to the deities with an assembly of the Institute’s students in a field in Chauntra.

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H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche of the Glorious Sakya’s Phuntsok Phodrang walking at the full completion of the Summer Rains Retreat at Dzongsar Institute in the Aryan Land of India, 2017.

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H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche on the night at the conclusion of the Summer Rains Retreat at Dzongsar Institute in the Aryan Land of India, 2017, granting advice to the monastic and lay community on the mindset one needs as a follower of Shakyamuni Buddha on what to adopt and what to abandon.

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Sharing the Dharma, with H.E. Dagmo Kusho: Dharma Etiquette

Excerpted from our live streamed event on October 1, 2017. In her talk, H.E. Dagmo Kusho (Dagmola) discusses Dharma Etiquette: How to be mindful in and around the Monastery, and when interacting with the Lamas. She also discusses showing respect to the teachers, the spiritual surroundings, Dharma materials etc.

An interview with H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya on NPR radio


Read the article and listen to the interview at KPLU's website.

Introducing Lama Kelsang Dukpa

Sakya Monastery is pleased to welcome Lama Kelsang Dukpa to the sangha. Lama Kelsang attended Sakya College in India where he spent many years in study, graduating in 2008. Fluent in English, Chinese and Tibetan, Lama Kelsang is a talented translator who will make the Dharma teachings accessible to Sakya devotees across the globe.


Lama Kelsang was born in 1980 in India. In his early twenties, he entered Sakya College in Dehradhun, India where he took monastic vows. There, he studied Buddhist philosophy for about five years. During these years, he also received empowerments and teachings from H.H Dalai Lama, H.H Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, H.E Luding Khen Rinpoche, H.E Thartse Khenpo, and Khenchen Kunga Wangchok. He next went to Nepal's Tharlam Monastery and completed a Manjushri retreat for three months. He received the Lamdre from H.H. Jidgal Dachen Dorjechang Sakya in 2007, and also received teachings from Khenchen Appey Rinpoche and H.E Jadral Rinpoche. He was appointed as a Chinese language tutor to H.E Asanga Rinpoche, a position he held from 2008 until 2012.

Next, he went to Penor Rinpoche Buddhist Society at Pharping, Kathmandu, Nepal where he began a three-year retreat. Before his retreat, he received the Initiation of TsaSum from H.E Talung Tsetrul Rinpoche. During his stay he received initiations, authorizations, explanations, and other teachings from Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche. He has completed five times the requisite one-hundred thousand accumulations for the preliminary practices (ngondro). He has also completed the preliminary and main practice of the two main approaches of the path of Luminous Great Perfection, trechod and thogal, and the ritual practices of the Longchen Nyingtik tradition.

We are very fortunate to have Lama Kelsang as our resident lama and translator. Please join us in welcoming him to Seattle!


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