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Luding Khen Rinpoche visits the Great Sakya Pandita's Cremation Site - September 2015
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 Publication of Root Tantra Texts

Several publishing projects are currently underway at the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana so that the necessary Dharma texts and, in particular, Vajrayana Texts are prepared for the Institute's curriculum. These precious root texts will also serve towards the propagation of all the four major traditional schools of Vajrayana Buddhism for higher education in India, Nepal and Tibet for our future generations.

The first project is to fund the publication of original Vajrayana root texts. HE Luding Khen Rinpoche's publication team have transcribed and edited a total of 112 root texts. The team have also digitally formatted the root texts in the Tibetan language and intend on printing large volumes of each text in Tibetan and, in the future, in other languages making the texts accessible for both monastic and lay Dharma practitioners all around the world.

When the publications are complete the root texts will be distributed to other Dharma centres and monasteries in order to benefit many practitioners in their studies of Vajrayana. The anticipated cost of these publications is estimated at CAD$561,000. Due to a severe shortage and almost extinction of original copies, the root texts' publication will enhance the preservation and prevent the extinction of vast knowledge. This will be the first publication achieved outside of Tibet.

The collection of sacred texts shown here are an essential component of the curriculum at the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana. Upon completion of the entire collection, HE Luding Khen Rinpoche wishes to extend further publication of these sacred texts for the distribution to various monasteries and Dharma centres throughout the world to benefit practitioners as well as to flourish the Buddhadharma. Kunga Rinchen was appointed by HE Luding Khen Rinpoche to be in charge of the publication project.

Please click on the texts below:

  Title Description Volume No. No. of Pages Cost (CAD$) Current Status
1 Dom Sum Tibetan Buddhism often describe path of practice in terms of Three Vows... Read more 1 500 7,000  
2 Dom Sum See above 2 500 7,000  
3 Dom Sum See above 3 500 7,000  
  Title Description Volume No. No. of Pages Cost (CAD$) Current Status
4 Kriya Tantra Kriya, or 'Action' Tantra is primarily concerned with external conduct... Read more 1 450 6,300  
5 Kriya Tantra See above 2 450 6,300  
6 Kriya Tantra See above 3 420 5,880  
  Title Description Volume No. No. of Pages Cost (CAD$) Current Status
7 Charya Tantra Charya, or "Conduct' Tantra emphasizes on both external and inner activities of mind... Read more 1 480 6,720  
  Title Description Volume No. No. of Pages Cost (CAD$) Current Status
8 Namjur Gyud          
  Shinje Marnak          
  Phurpa (Vajrakilaya)          
  De Chok          
  Dus Khor          
  Tsan Jod          
  Gyud Sum (Triple Tantra)          
  Lama Chodpa          
    Ritual Text 1-15 7,500 99,000  

The average publication cost per volume is CAD$6,600, with an average of 470 pages per Text. The per page cost is approximately CAD$14, which includes the cost of typing, editing, proof reading and correction by selected Khenpo's, formatting the Texts for publication and printing. The total estimate costs are for 1000 copies of each volume.

The above number of pages for each Text have been estimated based on the original manuscripts. The actual number of pages that will be produced is expected to be slightly different due to the updated formatting as a result of using computers.

The above cost does not take into consideration the cost of distributing the Texts to the various Monasteries on completion of the printing.

 Publication Description


Tibetan Buddhism often describes the path of practice in terms of Three Vows - namely the codes of discipline associated with the monastic tradition of the Vinaya, the progressive path of the Bodhisattvas, and the esoteric precepts of the Tantras.

Dharma Raja Sakya Pandita (Sapan) wrote this particular Text 'Sdom Gsum Rab Ye' (Dom Sum) to correct the wrong understanding and practice that was rampant in his time, primarily in relation to the Three Vows, in Tibet.

As Sapan's writing invited many clarifications and answers; correct or incorrect, from some of the Scholars of his era in terms of his philosophical view point, the Great Scholar Kunchen Gorampa Sonam Senge wrote commentaries and elaborated on the essential parts of the three codes and Sakya Pandita's text "Sdom Gsum Rab Ye".


Kriya, or 'Action' Tantra is primarily concerned with external conduct and purification involving in hygienic activities such as keeping oneself clean and ones room and environment tidy while exerting into the practice of Vajrayana.


Charya, or "Conduct' Tantra emphasizes on both external activities of body and speech and inner activities of mind; contemplation. The main practice of Charya Tantra is the observance of Tantric vows.