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Sakya Monastery, a major monastery in central Tibet, is the seat of the Sakya tradition. Its first temple was founded in 1073 by Khon Konchok Gyelpo. His descendents of the Khon family, the patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, greatly expanded the complex over the centuries. During the Yuan Dynasty it was the seat of political power in Tibet. The monastery continues to be led by Khon family in the person of the Sakya Tridzin. In the fourteenth century four sons of the Eleventh Sakya Tridzin, Zangpo Pel, established four labrang, or dynastic houses at Sakya: the Zhitok, the Rinchen Gang, the Lhakhang and the Ducho. The Ducho is the sole remaining labrang at Sakya. It was divided in the eighteenth century into two palaces by two sons the Thirty-second Sakya Tridzin, Wangdu Nyingpo: the Drolma Podrang, established by Pema Dudul Wangchuk, and the Puntsok Podrang, established by Kunga Rinchen.

Sakya Monastery

Abbots & Officers

Abbot

Abbot bsod nams dbang po [1575 - ]
Abbot grags pa blo gros [1581 - ]
 

Sakya Tridzin

1. First Sakya Tridzin Khon Konchok Gyelpo [1073 - 1102]
2. Second Sakya Tridzin rin chen grags [1103 - 1110]
3. Third Sakya Tridzin Sachen Kunga Nyingpo [1092 - 1158]
4. Fourth Sakya Tridzin Sonam Tsemo [1159 - 1171]
5. Fifth Sakya Tridzin Drakpa Gyeltsen [1172 - 1215]
6. Sixth Sakya Tridzin Sakya Paṇḍita Kunga Gyeltsen [1216 - 1243]
7. Seventh Sakya Tridzin Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen [1265 - 1266]
8. Eighth Sakya Tridzin Rinchen Gyeltsen [1267 - 1275]
7. Seventh Sakya Tridzin Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen [1276 - 1280]
9. Ninth Sakya Tridzin Dharmapālarakṣita [1281 - 1287]
10. Tenth Sakya Tridzin 'jam dbyangs rin chen rgyal mtshan [1288 - 1297]
11. Eleventh Sakya Tridzin Zangpo Pel [1298 - 1324]
12. Twelfth Sakya Tridzin Namkha Lekpai Gyeltsen [1325 - 1342]
13. Thirteenth Sakya Tridzin Jamyang Donyo Gyeltsen [1342 - 1344]
14. Fourteenth Sakya Tridzin Lama Dampa Sonam Gyeltsen [1344 - 1347]
15. Fifteenth Sakya Tridzin Lodro Gyeltsen [1347 - 1364]
16. Sixteenth Sakya Tridzin Tawen Kunga Rinchen [1364 - 1399]
17. Seventeenth Sakya Tridzin Lodro Gyeltsen [1399 - 1420]
18. Eighteenth Sakya Tridzin Jamyang Namkha Gyeltsen [1421 - 1441]
19. Ninteenth Sakya Tridzin Kunga Wangchuk [1442 - 1462]
20. Twentieth Sakya Tridzin Dakchen Sherab Gyeltsen [1463 - 1472]
21. Twenty-first Sakya Tridzin Lodro Gyeltsen [1473 - 1495]
22. Twenty-second Sakya Tridzin Sakya Lotsāwa Jampai Dorje [1496 - 1533]
23. Twenty-third Sakya Tridzin Ngawang Kunga Rinchen [1534 - 1584]
24. Twenty-fourth Sakya Tridzin 'jam dbyangs bsod nams bzang po [1584 - 1589]
25. Twenty-fifth Sakya Tridzin grags pa blo gros [1589 - 1617]
26. Twenty-sixth Sakya Tridzin Ngawang Kunga Wanggyel [1618 - 1620]
27. Twenty-seventh Sakya Tridzin Jamyang Amnye Zhab Ngawang Kunga Sonam [1620 - 1659]
28. Twenty-eighth Sakya Tridzin Ngawang Sonam Wangchuk [1659 - 1685]
29. Twenty-ninth Sakya Tridzin Kunga Tashi [1685 - 1711]
30. Thirtieth Sakya Tridzin Sonam Rinchen [1711 - 1741]
31. Thirty-first Sakya Tridzin Ngawang Kunga Lodro [1741 - 1783]
32. Thirty-second Sakya Tridzin dbang 'dus snying po [1783 - 1806]
33. Thirty-third Sakya Tridzin pad+ma bdud 'dul dbang phyug [1806 - 1843]
34. Thirty-fourth Sakya Tridzin rdo rje rin chen [1843 - 1845]
35. Thirty-fifth Sakya Tridzin bkra shis rin chen [1846 - 1865]
36. Thirty-sixth Sakya Tridzin kun dga' bsod nams [1866 - 1882]
37. Thirty-seventh Sakya Tridzin kun dga' snying po [1883 - 1899]
38. Thirty-eighth Sakya Tridzin 'dzam gling che rgu dbang 'dud [1901 - 1915]
39. Thirty-ninth Sakya Tridzin drag shul 'phrin las rin chen [1915 - 1936]
40. Fortieth Sakya Tridzin ngag dbang mthu stobs dbang drag [1937 - 1950]
41. Forty-first Sakya Tridzin ngag dbang kun dga' theg chen dpal 'bar [1951 - ]

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The Demoness of Tibet

The Demoness of Tibet is a close copy of a well-known image located in the Tibet Museum in Lhasa. The landscape of TIbet is shown as the mythical demoness of Tibetan legend. At key physical locations on her body are located important Buddhist temples and monasteries.

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