Palden Sakya Phuntsok Ling is a branch of the Sakya Centre established in the town of
. Dunda is a small town located in the hills of Uttarkashi about four hours drive away from Dehradun. Many of the people of Dunda are of Tibetan origin and embrace their faith with much devotion and earnest dedication. Built in the year 2000, the temple grounds were offered by the people of Dunda to His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin during his first visit to Dunda in 1984 with the sincere hope that His Holiness would build a Sakya temple there.
Sakya Centre has sent resident lamas to Dunda on a regular basis over the years, so that the monks may provide the locals with a Buddhist education, look after the maintenance of the temple, and perform the necessary rites and rituals for the sick and infirm of Dunda.
Some Activities That Have Taken Place Over the Years
During His Holiness’ initial visit to Dunda in 1984, His Holiness gave a Dharma teaching and also bestowed a Long Life Empowerment in order to create a Dharmic connection with the people of Dunda. He blessed and consecrated the offered land, and also performed a ground-breaking ceremony.
Once the building of a small temple was completed, the people of Dunda requested His Holiness’ august presence for its formal inauguration in 2000. On this visit, His Holiness performed a Peaceful Vajrakilaya Fire Puja, and bestowed a Long Life Empowerment to firmly establish the Dharma connection with the people of Dunda. During this visit, His Holiness also gave a Dharma teaching to the locals.
In the year 2003, His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche visited Dunda to inaugurate the newly finished monks quarters, and bestow a Long Life Empowerment and give a Dharma teaching.
In 2005, His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche visited Dunda and presided over a gathering of an association of people who gather to recite the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, the deity who is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. His Eminence spoke to them about the benefit and importance of reciting this mantra, and also bestowed upon them a Long Life Empowerment.
Source: Palden Sakya News Magazine