The Complete Path Program: First Year Teachings & Retreat

The Complete Path Program was organized by International Buddhist Academy (IBA) to make the teachings of Sakya tradition available in structured way under the guidance of His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the 42nd Sakya Trizin. The program was designed to help Dharma students receive a complete series of important teachings from one of the principle lineage holders of Tibetan Buddhism over a period of seven years in a gradual and comprehensive manner.

 Minnesota Sakya Center is one of the international participating partner centers of The Complete Path Program, and Khenpo Thupten Gongphel is a qualified teacher to teach the first three levels of the program in the United States.

Register Now for First Year Program (see program details below)

Registration Fees: $40 for 10 weekly teachings. Please click on the button to register before classes begins on November 5/6 (PayPal or Credit Card online). Retreat is required ($100; January 11-15; see full details below).



First Year Program

The first year program “Clarifying the Sage’s Intent by Sakya Pandita” sponsored by Minnesota Sakya Center will take place as follows:

Weekly teachings at MN Sakya Center:

Sundays, 10-11 AM
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17
January 7, 21, 28
Retreat: January 11-15, 2018 (see details below)

Weekly teachings on Zoom:

Mondays, 8-9 PM (Central)
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18
January 8, 22, 29
Retreat: January 11-15, 2018 (see details below)

Join Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: pwd=tdWeDiydiE0
    Meeting ID: 954 055 7888 | Password: Sakya 

Or Join Zoom from Telephone:
    Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) | Password: 137491

Questions or to request a copy of the book (copies of books are available at MN Sakya Center):  email:

This course is open to everyone in the first year. However, participation from the second year onward will require completion of the previous levels. 75% participation is required for certificate of completion of each level.  (Please click here for details of the program at IBA.)

Retreat Details for Level 1 of The Complete Path Program

Retreat Dates: January 11-15, 2018
Location: Minnesota Sakya Center, 619 8th Street, SE, #112, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Fees: $100 (Lunch included)
Daily Schedule: 9:00-10:30 PM, 11am-12:30 PM, 2:30-4 PM, 4:30-6 PM

Teaching Topics & Additional Info

The Perfection of Meditative Concentration, The Perfection of Wisdom, The Four Means of Attraction, and The Paths and Levels
Accommodation: Please email if you would like us to accommodate you at a member’s house.
Hotel Recommendation: University Inn (closest hotel to the center within walking distance)
Questions: Please email

Audio Recordings of the teachings will be made available to registrants of The Complete Path Retreat program. Attendance in person is required for receiving “Certificate of Completion”. 

Outline of The Complete Path Program at IBA:

2017    Clarifying the Sage‘s Intent by the Great Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen
2018    The Three Visions by Ngorchen Khönchog Lhundrup
2019    Hevajra cause empowerment and preliminaries – teachings and practice
2020    A General Presentation of the Tantras  and The Tree of Clear Realization, part 1 by Lopön Sönam Tsemo 
2021    The Tree of Clear Realization, part 2 by Jetsün Dragpa Gyaltsen 
2022    Hevajra Root Tantra 
2023    Hevajra meditation instructions based on the Lamdre teachings

Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche Introduces The Complete Path:

His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoce Introduces The Complete Path: