Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche

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Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche

Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, previously known as His Holiness Sakya Trizin[1][2] (Tib. ས་སྐྱ་ཁྲི་འཛིན་, Wyl. sa skya khri 'dzin) (b. 7 September 1945)[3], was the 41st throne holder[4] of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism, the 41st patriarch of the Khön lineage which dates back to 1073. He is renowned as an emanation of both Manjushri and mahasiddha Virupa, the founder of the Lamdré teachings, and also as an incarnation of Apang Tertön. He is a brilliant master who manifests profound wisdom and compassion, and his excellent command of English render his teachings particularly beneficial to western students.

He was born in 1945 in Tibet and escaped with his family to India in 1959 where he continues to live and rebuild both the lay and monastic elements of the Sakya tradition. He has guided the establishment of over thirty monasteries in India and Nepal and has helped found Sakya centres around the world.

His elder sister is Jetsün Kushok Chimey Luding. He has two sons, Khonrig Ratna Vajra Sakya and Khondung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche.

Teachings & Empowerments Given to the Rigpa Sangha


  1. Official letter of the Sakya Dolma Phodrang, 5th April 2017.
  2. His fuller name is: Ngawang Kunga Tekchen Palbar Sampel Wangi Gyalpo.
  3. In the lunar calendar: 1st day of the 8th lunar month of the Wood Bird year.
  4. On the 9th of March 2017, his son Ratna Vajra Rinpoche was enthroned as the 42nd Sakya Trizin.


  • His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Freeing the Heart and Mind—Introduction to the Buddhist Path: Part 1, Wisdom Publications

Further Reading

  • Sandra Penny-Dimri,'The Lineage of His Holiness Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga' in The Tibet Journal, Vol.20 No.4 Winter 1995

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