History of the College
The purpose of the school is to transmit these traditions of learning to the next generations, thus training the Sakya teachers of the future. This was and still remains a crucial task because traditional Buddhist education was destroyed in
For the first few years in exile in
Therefore, with the blessing and guidance of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the most Venerable Khenpo Appey Rinpoche founded the
At the opening ceremony H. H. Sakya Trizin presided over the function which was also attended by Khenpo Appey Rinpoche, Chewang Tulku (then General Secretary of Sakya Center), Jared Rhoton, Jay Goldberg, Joan Ellis, Anne Marshall and, of course, the first batch of seven students.
The College was the first of its kind in
From 1972 till 1985, Khenpo Appey Rinpoche had taken the entire responsibility of holding classes, supervising administration and raising funds for the College. Subsequently, Khenpo Jamyang Tenzin took over charge, and taught in the classes and looked after the administration of the College until 1989. His role in steering the College was also very significant and praiseworthy for the reason that he remained stable and guided the College skillfully at a time when it was going through the most difficult phase.
In May 1989, the late Ven. Khenpo Migmar Tsering took over the principal-ship of the College and served as the chief instructor and administrator of the College till February 1999 when, due a tragic illness, he passed away. The late Khenpo contributed greatly to making
The college is now in the twenty seventh year of its existence. Having contributed greatly to the cause of Dharma, most especially in the furthering and dissemination of the knowledge and religious experience of the great Sakyapa masters and text, the college looks forward to the next Millennium with further resolve under the guidance of Khenpo Gyatso La to whom His Holiness has entrusted its charge.