NEWS ARCHIVE: 2011- January through August 2012


Jetsunma Kunga Trinley Palter Sakya’s First Tibetan Lesson, May 2012:  On the morning of the 1st of May, 2012, as is wont by the Khön family tradition, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin gave His eldest granddaughter, H.E. Jetsunma Kunga Trinley Palter Sakya, her first lesson in the Tibetan letters.

The ceremony took place in His Holiness’ private shrine room in the Phodrang. Just before it began, His Holiness broke into a smile and said: “ I remember very clearly this moment in my own life”. When He was still a small child, His Holiness received His first lesson in the Manjushri temple of the Sakya Dolma Phodrang in Tibet from his guru Lama Ngawang Lodrö Rinchen. The ceremony began with a Manjushri initiation, following which His Holiness was taught His first four letters of the Tibetan alphabet from a gold-scripted scroll that had been used to teach successive generations of Dungseys. It then fell upon his appointed teacher to introduce Him to the second set of four letters, this time in normal black and white script.

And now, it was Jetsunma’s turn to pursue the family tradition, and the proceedings began with the reciting of the Manjushri mantra, following which His Holiness pointed to the first letters of the alphabet on a wooden board and called them by their name for Jetsunma to echo them. Present at the ceremony was Acharya Chenyang Gyatso, whose responsibility it will be to complete Jetsunma’s education in the Tibetan letters. At the conclusion, both Jetsunma and her tutor were offered khatas by members of the family including H.E. Luding Khen Rinpoche, and by the Phodrang staff, while everyone wished them auspiciousness and success in their endeavour.  


His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and Khondung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche in North and South America, 2011: The 21st of May marked the beginning of a teaching tour that was to take His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, Khodug Gyana Vajra Rinpoche and Gyalyum Chenmo to centres across the U.S.A., Canada, and, for the first time, Latin America. >Click here to read the full account and see photos (PDF format).


Welcoming the New Baby Daughter:  Jetsunma Ngawang Tsejin Lhamo Sakya
On Saturday the 2nd of April 2011, on Mahakala day of the first lunar month, H.E. Dagmo Sonam Palkyi, wife of Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, gave birth to a baby girl in Wil, Switzerland. >CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ACCOUNT & FOR MORE PHOTOS (PDF FORMAT Source: Melody of Dharma Issue 7)

Celebration of H.E. Akasha Rinpoche’s First Birthday
On the 14th of April, 2011, the Sakya Centre was host to a most joyful occasion: the celebration of His Eminence Akasha Vajra Rinpoche’s first birthday.

>READ COMPLETE ARTICLE AND VIEW PHOTOS (PDF FORMAT, Source: Melody of Dharma #6)


Wangya Norbu Trengwa Initiations at the Sakya Centre, April 2012: On the 5th of April, 2012 began the third part of the Wangya Norbu Trengwa wangs at the Sakya Centre in Dehradun. This was the continuation of the cycle of initiations that, three years ago, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche had requested His Holiness the Sakya Trizin to bestow to himself and to other Gelugpa high lamas, including H.E. Kunde Ling Rinpoche. >Click here to read the full account and see l photos (PDF format).


Kalachakra 2012 at Bodh Gaya: On the 4th of January, H.H. the Sakya Trizin joined H.H. the Dalai Lama and other heads of Tibetan Buddhist lineages at Bodh Gaya for the 32nd Kalachakra initiation to be bestowed by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Also present at the initiation were hundreds of high lamas of all lineages and 200,000 followers who had travelled from 63 countries to participate in this significant event.  >Click here to read the full account and see photos (PDF format).


The Grand Inauguration of Tsechen Kunchab Ling Temple of All-Encompassing Great Compassion Seat of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin in the United States (June 2011)  >READ FULL ACCOUNT

Tsechen Kunchab Ling, Walden, NY, June 2011



His Holiness the Sakya Trizin in Nepal 2012: On the 5th of March, 2012, His Holiness arrived in Pokhara, Nepal, where He was to consecrate and inaugurate the newly constructed Pema Ts’al Monastery, following which He was to travel to Kathmandu to give teachings and transmissions in different establishments in the city and surroundings.

His Holiness was joined on His journey by Khöndung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, Their Eminences Dungsey Asanga Rinpoche and Dungsey Abhaya Rinpoche, H.E. Dungsey Akasha Rinpoche and H.E. Jetsunma Kunga Trinley, H.E. Thartse Khen Rinpoche, H.E. Shabdrung Rinchen Paljor Rinpoche, H.E. Lo Shabdrung Rinpoche and H.E. Tharig Tulku Rinpoche. His Holiness was also accompanied by H.E. Gyalyum Chenmo, and by H.E. Dagmo Kushok Kalden Sakya.


>Click here to read the full account and see many wonderful photos (PDF format).


His Holiness the Sakya Trizin Visits Tso Pema: On March 12, 2011, His Holiness the Sakya trizin and His weife, Her Eminence Gyalyum Chemmo, left Dehradun with their entourage for the holy lake of Tso Pema, in the Himachal Pradesh district of Mandi. >CLICK HERE TO READ A FULL ACCOUNNT AND VIEW PHOTOS (PDF FORMAT)

H.H. the Sakya Trizin bestows the Vajrayogi Initiation and Teaching: On the 27th of March His Holiness began a two-week bestowal of Vajrayogini initiation and teachings at the beautiful Rinchen Choling Sakya Nunnery in Dekyiling, a short distance from His Holiness’ Sakya Dolma Phodrang.
>CLICK HERE TO READ A FULL ACCOUNT AND VIEW PHOTOS (PDF FORMAT)

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