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Sharing the Dharma – The Wisdom of My Lamas and Teachers
By His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya
Out of his great compassion, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya shared with us his life experiences and the knowledge he learned from his teachers for the benefit of our spiritual growth and development. This was a very precious opportunity to hear directly from the eldest lama in the Sakya tradition and one of the highest Tibetan lamas living today. Here Rinpoche discusses Chenrezi and compassion practice as well as Chenrezi’s connection to the Sakya lineage.
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.