THE SAKYA TRADITION
The Sakya tradition is one of the four major religious schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1073 in Sakya, Tibet by a member of the illustrious Khön family, Khön Konchok Gyalpo.
The Sakya school has, since then, been headed by members of the unbroken ancestral lineage of the Khön family, themselves said to belong to a celestial race. The lineage has produced many outstanding mahasiddhas and scholars, as well as consummate texts on Buddhist philosophy and esoteric practices.
The Supreme Head of the Sakya School is His Holiness Sakya Gongma Trichen Rinpoche. In an official ceremony that was held in March 2017 in Puruwala, India, His Holiness passed on the responsibility of Throneholder to his elder son, His Holiness Sakya Gongma Trizin Rinpoche, brother to Khöndung Gyana Vajra Sakya Rinpoche. Whilst the position of Throneholder has traditionally warranted a lifelong tenure, it will henceforth be held for a duration of three years successively by each male member of the Khön family, in order of seniority. In 2020, it will fall upon Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche to assume the responsibility of Throne Holder, as His Holiness the 43rd Sakya Trizin. (Read more)
The inspiration for founding the Sakya Academy was the determination by Khöndung Gyana Vajra Sakya Rinpoche that the invaluable spiritual legacy that the Sakya tradition is heir to should be preserved for the good of future generations.
In an increasingly secular world, there is a real danger that religious treasures gradually lose their relevance and eventually disappear. It is Rinpoche's vision that our Sakya Academy monks become exemplary vehicles of the teachings of the Buddha and upholders of the precious Sakya tradition. This aspiration is at the core of their being and it is the driving force behind their pursuit of knowledge. Their ultimate aim is to serve humanity to the best of their capabilities.
Everyone at the Academy ardently embraces Rinpoche's vision and no effort is spared to ensure that it becomes reality.