Visit of His Holiness Sakya Gongma Trichen to Dechen US, 6 August 2024

We are delighted to announce that His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (The Sakya Trichen) will bestow precious Vajrayana teachings at the Dechen Sakya Centre Santa Monica in August this year.

His Holiness the Sakya Trichen served as the 41st head of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism until March 2017, when the throneholder duties were handed over to His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the 42nd Sakya Trizin.  His Holiness the Sakya Trichen is a member of Tibet‘s noble Khon family, which founded the Sakya Order in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Just as His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the manifestation of all the Buddha’s great compassion, His Holiness the Sakya Trichen is the manifestation of all the Buddha’s transcendent wisdom.

In addition to his leadership of the Sakya Order for over fifty years, His Holiness Sakya Trichen is renowned throughout the world for the brilliance and clarity of his teachings and his fluency and precise command of English. Receiving teachings directly from His Holiness carries a special lineage of blessings from the founders of the Sakya Order, as well as from Manjushri himself.

His Holiness will bestow the vajrayana initiation (Tib. jenang) of Vajrapani Bhutadamara. Vajrapani is one of the Lords of the Three Families and is revered in all traditions of vajrayana Buddhism as the embodiment of the power of all buddhas.

Booking will become available April 22, 2024

Please note that to attend this teaching you must have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path through the act of Taking Refuge. Please email for more information.