September 2021 Programs

Minnesota Sakya Center’s programs are held via Zoom. 
To join, please email for the Zoom link and passcode.

Birthday Celebration of
His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche

16 Arhats puja and other prayers
led by Khenpo Thupten Gongphel

Tuesday, September 7
7 PM Central Time (USA)

Download the following prayer books: 
STDL Prayer Book and 16 Arhats Puja

All are welcome to join this joyful occasion to celebrate the birthday of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trichen, the supreme head of the Sakyapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism and the spiritual director of the Minnesota Sakya Center.

The puja of paying homage and making offerings to the Buddha and 16 Arhats was composed by the Kashmiri Pandita Shakyashri, a teacher of Sakya Pandita.  Joining this puja is an excellent way to bring about auspicious conditions and to pray for the long life of His Holiness on his birthday.

Sponsor donations are greatly appreciated. Please donate online via PayPal and note to us that your donation is for the September 7 program. For donations received by September 6, the donors will be recognized during the program. 

His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin’s teaching series

with study and discussion
led by
 Khenpo Thupten Gongphel

Sundays, September 12, 19 & 26
10–11 AM Central Time (USA)

Beginning Sunday, September 12, this course will be held every Sunday until the end of January or early February 2022.

Please register by emailing:

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.

Read more about this course.

Sunday Dharma Teaching and Prayers

Sunday Prayers 
and Teachings on Sakya Pandita’s
Treasury of Good Advice
(Sakya Lekshé)
with Khenpo Thupten Gongphel

Sunday, September 5
10–11 AM Central Time (USA)

*After the September 5 session, Khenpo’s teaching series on this text will resume in 2022 when the Garland of Jewels program has concluded.*

Download the STDL Prayer Book

The Sakya Lekshé is one of the most important works of Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, one of the five founding lamas of the Sakya tradition. Available through Wisdom Publications, the book Ordinary Wisdom has a complete English translation of the Sakya Lekshé by John T. Davenport. It also includes an extensive commentary by Khenpo Sangyay Tenzin. Another complete translation is available online by Lozang Jamspal and Ngawang Sonam Tenzin (Jared Rhoton) from the Tibetan Classics Translators’ Guild of New York.

Dharma Book Reading and Reflection

Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
7–8 PM Central Time (USA)

*Please email if you are joining the book reading for the first time.*

All are welcome to join Minnesota Sakya Center’s book reading and reflection, where we will continue to explore Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s frank advice for the modern Buddhist practitioner on the preliminary practices (ngondro) and other timeless subjects such as renunciation and why we need a guru. This program is led by Dr. Connie Kassor, an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. The book may be ordered through Shambhala PublicationsAmazon, and other booksellers.

Parnashavari Practice for Epidemics

His Holiness the Sakya Trichen suggests the practice and prayers of Parnashavari for the recovery and protection from coronavirus. We encourage you to practice on Parnashavari’s prayer and mantra at home at your convenience for the well-being of all living beings. Here are the links to the practice texts:

Year 2019 is very special for the Minnesota Sakya Center, Sakya Thupten Dargye Ling. We hosted teachings and initiations kindly bestowed by His Holiness the Sakya Trichen, His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, and His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche in Minneapolis.

With the support and help from our sponsors, volunteers, and all participants, the three special programs of 2019 were successfully completed.