Sakya Trizins

This page is dedicated to research and translations on the Sakya Trizin (throne-holders), and people and texts connected to them.

Sakya Pandita, Kunga Gyeltsen (1182-1251)

The Sakya Trizin ( ས་སྐྱ་ཁྲི་འཛིན།, sa skya khri ‘dzin) is the traditional title of the head of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. The Sakya school was founded in 1073 CE, when Khön Könchog Gyalpo (འཁོན་དཀོན་མཆོག་རྒྱལ་པོ།,  ‘khon dkon mchog rgyal po; 1034–1102), a member of Tibet’s noble Khön family, established a monastery in the region of Sakya, Tibet, which became the headquarters of the Sakya order. Since that time, its leadership has descended within the Khön family.

The current 43rd Sakya Trizin, Gyana Vajra Rinpoche.

Research and Translations

2nd Sakya Trizin, Bari Lotsawa

2nd Sakya Trizin, Bari Lotsāwa and Lion-Faced Ḍākinī

LION-FACED DAKINI (Siṃhamukhā): Barī Lotsawa, Vanaratna, and Terma revealed by 1st Karmapa: ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’ with 17th Karmapa (Day VIII: part 2)

3rd Sakya Trizin, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo
6th Sakya Trizin, Sakya Paṇḍita, Kunga Gyeltsen

FULL MOON TĀRĀ AND SAKYA BLESSINGS: Noble Tārā’s ‘pure vision’ pith teaching to the Great Sakya Paṇḍita: Commemoration of Paranirvana of Sakya Paṇḍita by Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

14th Sakya Trizin, Lama Dampa Gyeltsen

THE WISDOM OF MANJUSHRI AND THE HOLLOW FRUITY PLEASURES OF SAMSARA. Sakya master Lama Dampa Gyeltsen’s Letter to Student, taught by Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche

Other Sakya lineages and practice


THE ‘SINGLE-SITTING’ VEGETARIAN PRACTICE: Sakya Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo’s vegetarianism; Kālacakra master, Śākyaśrī and the four monastic communities (Joden Tshogpa Zhi); the Gedun Gangpa’s monastic ordination of the 4th-8th Karmapas

Sakya and Kālacakra: the Galo, Śākyaśrī and Vajrayogini lineages and contemporary master, Chogye Rinpoche