The History of the Sakya Tradition


The Sakya tradition is one of the four major religious traditions that existed in Tibet. The Sakya lineage teachings originally came to Tibet from great masters in India in the 11th century.

Consequently the Sakya tradition strengthened and flourished and produced many great and distinguishedpractitioners, saints, and scholars. Beginning with Khön Konchok Gyalpo (1034-1102), the founder of the Sakya tradition, the lineage continues unbroken to this day.

The teaching and practice that is the essence of the Sakya tradition is called “Lamdre,” or “The Path and its Fruit.” Fundamentally, the philosophical viewpoint expressed in “The Path and its Fruit,” is the non-differentiation of Samsara and Nirvana. The ultimate reality is that a person must strive to realize this fundamental inseparability through meditation.

Since the Lamdre teaching was first brought from India into Tibet, it has been passed down to this day through an unbroken lineage of masters up to His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, the present throne holder of the Sakya tradition.

Under the guidance of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, even after the Chinese invasion in 1959, the teachings of the Sakya tradition are well established and preserved in India and Nepal. In the last 30 years it has even flourished throughout the world.

Australia is the one of the luckiest countries, with nearly every State having a Sakya Dharma centre with a qualified resident teacher, and because of that we are privileged to host visits of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin every two or three years, as well as many other great teachers.

Sakya Kechari Institute is proud to be in this family of a great Dharma tradition. We wish to continue to help many people with this wonderful teaching.