His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin
His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, was born in Tibet in 1945 and is the head of the Sakya School, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a member of the ancient and eminent Khön family whose origins go back to the earliest history of Tibet. Very early, he was officially designated by the Tibetan government to succeed to the Sakya throne. In 1959, when he was fourteen, he was enthroned just before leaving Tibet. In 1974 and 1979, his two sons, Dungsay Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and Dungsay Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, were born.
With unfailing devotion, His Holiness gave himself to the task of re-uniting the Sangha, of re-establishing the principal seat of the Sakya School and developing a Tibetan community for the exiled lay practitioners of the Sakya School. He has founded many monasteries throughout the world and most particularly in India where the Sakya College is the chief Sakya monastery, together with a convent of nuns and schools. In spite of the difficulties of exile, His Holiness has worked untiringly and successfully for the preservation and restitution of the rich and profound heritage of the Sakya Tradition. To these great responsibilities should be added meditative retreats on major or minor deities of the Sakya Lineage and many initiations given (including the entire collection of Sadhanas three times). He is the author of many texts and has given the great Lam Dre teachings eleven times, in India, Europe and America.
His Holiness in not only a light on the way for his own Tibetan community, he is also actively engaged in the diffusion of the Dharma, constantly travelling throughout the world to give teachings. He is truly an unfailing source of wisdom and compassion for his fortunate disciples. Since 1978, His Holiness has stayed in Sakya Tsechen Ling eight times, giving precious teachings which have included the Lam Dre twice and eleven Vajrayogini yogas. On November 2006, we had the great opportunity to receive his profound and valuable teachings once again, just after his long retreat. We enjoyed also the welcoming His Highness Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, a high Lama of the Khön lineage and holder of very complete knowledge issued from his education in the Sakya College and deriving from his father, His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
See also His Holiness Sakya Trizin website