Sakya Heritage Foundation

By Tom Ashbrook and Marilyn Harris

Greetings from the Sakya Heritage Foundation

Sakya Heritage Foundation was founded in 1997 through the profound vision of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche to preserve, protect, and promote Tibetan Buddhism within the Sakya Tradition in particular. The Sakya Khon lineage has been unbroken for 42 generations, over 1000 years. In order to help insure the continuation of the lineage, we are establishing an educational and cultural environment in India.

The Sakya Heritage Foundation has been formally registered as a non-profit society in Jaigon Province, in the state of West Bengal in NE India near the Bhutan border. Sakya Heritage Foundation recently completed the purchase of twelve acres of land in Jaigon near Phuntsholing. The new center will comprise of a traditional monastic environment, medical clinic, school, and nursing home to promote Buddhism as well as support the local community in Jaigon where many Buddhists and Tibetan refugees reside.

On August 22, H.E. Dagmo Kushog, Peggy Parsley, and Ashley Toney will travel to the Far East to further promote the SHF activities. This will include traveling to Jaigon with our devoted Hong Kong patrons to view the property and meet with the local SHF members for planning future actions.

Next, they will visit Darjeeling Ghoom Monastery where Dhungsey Avi Rinpoche will be performing as Lopon for Yangtsik’s Varjrakilaya examination, a significant ritual of the Sakya tradition.

They will then layover at the Phuntsog Phodrang in Asola, outside New Delhi to check on the progress of the monks, residents, and the dormitory remodel. Currently, the Foundation is supporting 10 monks, their teachers, cooks, and gardeners.

Board members of the Sakya Heritage Foundation meet monthly and are in communication the rest of the month, handling the legal and financial matters both domestically and abroad. As a 501(c)(3) organization, public disclosure documentation thru our CPA, Clark Nuber, is available upon request.

If you have any questions or comments about the Sakya Heritage Foundation please contact Dhungsey Mati Rinpoche or Dagmola, who will be happy to help.

Thru the Sublime Benevolence of H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche and H.E. Dagmokushog
may These Virtuous Efforts be Realized!