The Treasury of Lives

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.

Sources

Akester, Matthew. 2016. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo's Guide to Central Tibet. Chicago, IL: Serindia Publications, pp. 577-591.

Gyurme Dorje. 2009. Tibet Handbook. Bath: Footprint, pp. 342-346.

Sakya Monastery

Abbots & Officers

Abbot

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

Sakya Trizin

1. First Sakya Trizin Khon Konchok Gyelpo 1073 - 1102
2. Second Sakya Trizin rin chen grags 1103 - 1110
3. Third Sakya Trizin Sachen Kunga Nyingpo 1092 - 1158
4. Fourth Sakya Trizin Sonam Tsemo 1159 - 1171
5. Fifth Sakya Trizin Drakpa Gyeltsen 1172 - 1215
6. Sixth Sakya Trizin Sakya Paṇḍita Kunga Gyeltsen 1216 - 1243
7. Seventh Sakya Trizin Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen 1265 - 1266
8. Eighth Sakya Trizin Rinchen Gyeltsen 1267 - 1275
7. Seventh Sakya Trizin Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen 1276 - 1280
9. Ninth Sakya Trizin Dharmapālarakṣita 1281 - 1287
10. Tenth Sakya Trizin 'jam dbyangs rin chen rgyal mtshan 1288 - 1297
11. Eleventh Sakya Trizin Zangpo Pel 1298 - 1324
12. Twelfth Sakya Trizin Namkha Lekpai Gyeltsen 1325 - 1342
13. Thirteenth Sakya Trizin Jamyang Donyo Gyeltsen 1342 - 1344
14. Fourteenth Sakya Trizin Lama Dampa Sonam Gyeltsen 1344 - 1347
15. Fifteenth Sakya Trizin Lodro Gyeltsen 1347 - 1364
16. Sixteenth Sakya Trizin Tawen Kunga Rinchen 1364 - 1399
17. Seventeenth Sakya Trizin Lodro Gyeltsen 1399 - 1420
18. Eighteenth Sakya Trizin Jamyang Namkha Gyeltsen 1421 - 1441
19. Ninteenth Sakya Trizin Kunga Wangchuk 1442 - 1462
20. Twentieth Sakya Trizin Dakchen Sherab Gyeltsen 1463 - 1472
21. Twenty-first Sakya Trizin Lodro Gyeltsen 1473 - 1495
22. Twenty-second Sakya Trizin Sakya Lotsāwa Jampai Dorje 1496 - 1533
23. Twenty-third Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Rinchen 1534 - 1584
24. Twenty-fourth Sakya Trizin 'jam dbyangs bsod nams bzang po 1584 - 1589
25. Twenty-fifth Sakya Trizin grags pa blo gros 1589 - 1617
26. Twenty-sixth Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Wanggyel 1618 - 1620
27. Twenty-seventh Sakya Trizin Jamyang Amnye Zhab Ngawang Kunga Sonam 1620 - 1659
28. Twenty-eighth Sakya Trizin Ngawang Sonam Wangchuk 1659 - 1685
29. Twenty-ninth Sakya Trizin Kunga Tashi 1685 - 1711
30. Thirtieth Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen 1711 - 1741
31. Thirty-first Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Lodro 1741 - 1783
32. Thirty-second Sakya Trizin dbang 'dus snying po 1783 - 1806
33. Thirty-third Sakya Trizin pad+ma bdud 'dul dbang phyug 1806 - 1843
34. Thirty-fourth Sakya Trizin rdo rje rin chen 1843 - 1845
35. Thirty-fifth Sakya Trizin bkra shis rin chen 1846 - 1865
36. Thirty-sixth Sakya Trizin kun dga' bsod nams 1866 - 1882
37. Thirty-seventh Sakya Trizin kun dga' snying po 1883 - 1899
38. Thirty-eighth Sakya Trizin 'dzam gling che rgu dbang 'dud 1901 - 1915
39. Thirty-ninth Sakya Trizin drag shul 'phrin las rin chen 1915 - 1936
40. Fortieth Sakya Trizin ngag dbang mthu stobs dbang phyug 1937 - 1950
41. Forty-first Sakya Trizin ngag dbang kun dga' theg chen dpal 'bar 1951 - 2017
42. Forty-second Sakya Trizin rat+na badz+ra 2017 - 2022

Images

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. Important Buddhist temples and monasteries are located across her body, spanning from the Ngari region in the west to Kham in the east. 

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