Drogon Chogyal Phagpa’s
A Garland of Jewels
Join us for His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin’s teaching series, with study and discussion led by Khenpo Thupten Gongphel.
Hosted online by the Minnesota Sakya Center
Beginning Sunday, September 12, 2021,
at 10–11 AM Central Time (USA),
This course will be held every Sunday until the end of January or early February 2022.
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Chogyal Phagpa was the fifth patriarch of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the thirteenth century, he composed the treatise A Garland of Jewels for a Mongol prince in Kublai Khan’s court. This treatise is a concise manual about the entire Buddhist path and teaches us how to practice the Dharma in everyday life.
All are welcome to join this course. Although this course is free, donations are appreciated to help the center offer Dharma teachings.
Registered students will receive supplemental updates and course materials. Please provide your mailing address if you wish to receive a copy of the book Freeing the Heart and Mind Part Two, which includes the root text of A Garland of Jewels with a commentary by His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trichen. You may also order the book via Amazon.
Drogon Chogyal Phagpa (1235 – 1280) was the great-grandson of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and succeeded his uncle, Sakya Paṇḍita, as the Sakya throne holder. He became the personal guru of the Yuan Emperor Kublai Khan, who appointed him as the first imperial preceptor and provided support for his vast Dharma activities across China, Mongolia, and Tibet. Read more about Chogyal Phagpa’s holy life.
His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche (b. 1974), is the eldest son of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trichen and a member of Tibet’s noble Khon family. His ancestors founded the Sakya school in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. In 2017, His Holiness accepted the mantle of leadership from his esteemed father and root guru, in his new capacity as the 42nd Sakya Trizin or throne holder of the lineage.
Since his youth, His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin has received an ocean of sutra and tantra teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and pith instructions from His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trichen, as well as many other learned and accomplished masters. In addition to years of rigorous philosophy studies at Sakya College in India, he has diligently mastered the Sakya school’s intricate rituals and has completed numerous meditation retreats. With utmost humility, he extensively bestows teachings at the request of students from around the world. Read more about His Holiness.
Thus Have I Heard. This teaching series is made possible through the Sachen Foundation’s new program, Thus Have I Heard, which aims to organize and archive online Dharma teachings of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. To reach a wide audience, Sakya centers will share these teachings per different schedules and in as many languages as possible.