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Sunday Chenrezi Service – Brief Dharma Lecture
By His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Translator: Dr. Jeff Schoening
H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya offered this brief teaching during the Chenrezi practice. Here Rinpoche discusses the history and dharma of the Sakya school.
His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, Head Lama of Sakya Monastery, was born in Tibet in 1929. He continues the great Sakya lineage which began with Khon Konchok Gyalpo (1034—1102). He received teachings of the unbroken Khon lineage, the Sakya Vajrakilaya, the Hevajra and the complete Lamdre Tsogshe, from his father, H.H. Trichen Ngawang Thutop Wangchuk, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö and Dilgo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.
In 1960, H.H. J.D. Sakya was invited to work on a University of Washington research project on Tibetan civilization which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. At the request of students, he co-founded with H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche the Sakya Tegchen Choling, a center for the study of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. In 1984, the center became known as Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.