January 2022 Programs

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

His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin’s teaching series

with study and discussion
led by
 Khenpo Thupten Gongphel

Sundays, January 2, 9, 16,* 23, & 30
10 AM Central Time (USA)

*On January 16, we will also celebrate Sakya Pandita’s anniversary; read below for details*

This course will be held every Sunday through February 2022.

Please register by emailing:

Download Garland of Jewels Prayers

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. 

Read more about this course.

Sakya Pandita Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, January 16*
11 AM Central Time (USA)

*This program will immediately follow the regular Sunday teaching, which begins at 10 AM Central Time using the same Zoom link.*

On the anniversary of Sakya Pandita’s parinirvana, we will recite verses of homage to honor his life and legacy, and to engender similar qualities in us.

Sakya Pandita (1182 – 1251) was the fourth patriarch of the Sakya school and renowned for his erudition and debate skills, composition of numerous treatises, mastery of the ten fields of knowledge and Sanskrit language, and excellence in both outer conduct and inner realization. Read a short biography.

Dharma Book Reading and Reflection

The Hundred Verses of Advice:
Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most

Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, & 26
7 PM Central Time (USA)

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

Join us to share experiences and insights together with other Dharma students in a virtual weekly meetup.  

We are currently reading The Hundred Verses of Advice,  which includes the root verses of the Indian yogi Padampa Sangye and a contemporary commentary by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. The book may be ordered through Amazon and other booksellers.

We are delighted that this program is led by Dr. Connie Kassor, an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

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.