Editor's Report

Student intake at the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana

The capacity of the Institute has expanded from 70 to 97 student Monks. This is due to the generosity of our sponsors. Learn more about the Institute's curriculum.

Little Bodhi Seed Monks

The number of our little monks remains the same at 100. They continue to receive ritual and chanting instruction from senior monks, attend Tibetan alphabet and grammar classes as well as English lessons everyday for 1 hour. Local nurse Tashi is employed to care for the monks 6 days a week.


An older Western student of Khenchen Rinpoche's, who attended the Yamataka teaching, fully sponsored a young monk crippled with Poliomyelitis (Polio) for his extended long-term healthcare. Learn More

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 News & Events

His Eminence Luding Khen Chen Rinpoche’s Birthday, 3 November 2017

His Eminence Luding Khen Chen Rinpoche (His Eminence) celebrated his 87th birthday on 3 November 2017, the 14th day of the 9th month, which was also the anniversary of Khon Konchog Gyalpo (1034-1102). Khon Konchog Gyalpa was the founder of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

The day also marked the anniversary of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo(1092-1158), Bari Lotsawa (1040-1111) and Gonpo Sonam Choden (1603-1659).

All disciples and devotees joined together to celebrate the auspiciousness of this day. We pray for the long-life of His Eminence and may his aspirations come to fruition swiftly.

His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche, Asia – July to September 2017

Over July, August and September 2017, His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche (His Eminence) has been visiting monasteries and nunneries in China and bestowing blessings, empowerments, ordaining monks as well as giving teachings to both sangha and lay devotees.

On 29 July, His Eminence arrived at Kyegu Monastery, Yushu Qinghai, Kham where he bestowed the following empowerments: Guhyasamaja empowerments; Yamantaka Nine Deity empowerment; Hevajra empowerment; Vajra Panjara Tent empowerment; Chakrasamvara Krisnapa and Luhipa empowerments.

On 4 August, His Eminence visited Pangshar Monastery, Atro, Yushu Qinghai where he blessed and consecrated the Monastery’s new temple and Buddha images.

In August and September His Eminence bestowed novice and full ordination vows to monks and nuns at Kyegu Monastery.

On 3 September, His Eminence travelled to Bheri Lachung Monastery, Nangchen, Yushu Qinghai. Here His Eminence consecrated a new stupa and bestowed a long-life initiation to the monastic and lay communities.

On 6 September, which was the anniversary of Tsarchen Dorje Chang Losal Gyatso, His Eminence attended the opening ceremony of the Khachod Choeling Nunnery, which is connected to Kyegu Monastery. His Eminence bestowed a long-life initiation to both the monastic and lay communities.

On 17 September, His Eminence visited Atro Langchen Monastery and bestowed a long-life initiation to the local community.

From 18 to 27 September, His Eminence visited Trom Thar Dokho Monastery and bestowed the following empowerments to the monastic (monks and nuns) and lay communities:

  • Hevajra Cause empowerment;

  • Vairocana empowerment;

  • Vajrakilaya empowerment;

  • Vajrayogini blessing;

  • Three Buddha Families initiation;

  • Birupa common blessing;

  • Vajrapani initiation;

  • Long-life initiation.

His Eminence’s activities in China have been most auspicious. The devotion of the monastic and lay communities has been wonderful and inspiring. May His Eminence’s activities be the cause for complete purification and spiritual attainment of all sentient beings.

HE Luding Khen Chen & HE Luding Shabdrung, Mangtro Monastery – August 2017

On 10 August 2017, His Eminence Luding Khen Chen Rinpoche (Rinpoche), His Eminence Luding Shabdrung (His Eminence) and entourage travelled to Mangtro Monastery, Leh Ladakh.

Rinpoche and His Eminence received a grand and respectful welcome by the sangha and lay communities, which included a cultural show.

During their stay, His Eminence, accompanied by Genlak Jamyang Palden and attendant Jamyang Zangpo, visited Kiydmang Monastery - a sub-branch of Mangtro Monastery.

The Mangtro monastic and lay communities made an elaborate long-life mandala offering to Rinpoche.

His Eminence Luding Khen Chen Rinpoche, Asia – June 2017

On 25 June 2017, His Eminence Luding Khen Chen Rinpoche (His Eminence) together with his attendants Popo Gesar La, Tsering Wangchuk, Kunga Sherab, Jamyang Dhakpa and Tempa Yarphel arrived in Lhasa. On 26 June, His Eminence and entourage arrived at Pal Ngor E-Wam Choeden Monastery, Shigatse and were graced with a most heart warming and magnificent greeting from the monastic and lay communities. Upon His Eminence’s arrival there were vibrant rainbows in the sky.

His Eminence was enthroned as the 75th abbot of Pal Ngor E-Wam Choeden Monastery in 1954 and his return to the Monastery was significant to the Shigatse monastic and lay communities whom consider His Eminence as their spiritual father and supreme Vajradhara (one who has attained complete realisation).

The monastic and lay communities made grand offerings to His Eminence, including an extravagant long-life mandala.

His Eminence’s return to the great Pal Ngor E-Wam Choeden Monastery was a cause of celebration and inspiration for the sangha and lay communities of Shigatse. May His Eminence’s activities be the cause for the attainment of enlightenment for all sentient beings.