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His Holiness the Sakya Trichen

A talk and book launch for Freeing the Heart and Mind

Monday, April 23, 2018
7:00 PM–8:30 PM
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His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Sakya Trichen Rinpoche, the forty-first head of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism, gives a special talk on the eighth-century Buddhist master Padmasambhava, who is said to have prophesied the achievements of thirteenth-century Drogön Chögyal Phagpa. The Second Buddha anticipated that the fifth leader of the Sakya School would bring Vajrayana Buddhism to China. Indeed, he became the first imperial preceptor under Kublai Khan and thus converted the Mongols to Tibetan Buddhism. Evoking the lama mani tradition, the Sakya Trichen will use thangkas on stage of the Second Buddha and Chögyal Phagpa to introduce the texts in his new book, Freeing the Heart and Mind, Part Two: Chogyal Phagpa on the Buddhist Path, and demonstrate with his customary clarity the relevance of these historic texts today.

Presented with Wisdom Publications.


The full ticket option includes a copy of Freeing the Heart and Mind, Part Two, attendance of blessing of the Rubin’s Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room in the Sakya tradition by His Holiness (at 6:15 PM), and preferred seating in the theater.

Copies of part 1 and part 2 of Freeing the Heart and Mind will be available for purchase in the shop.

This talk will be also be viewable as a Facebook Livestream.


About the Speaker

Photo by Tsechen Kunchab Ling

His Holiness the Sakya Trichen is the revered forty-first throne holder of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism, which dates back to 1073. He is a member of the Khon family, who have been important teachers of Buddhism in Tibet since the eighth century. A brilliant master, he manifests profound wisdom and compassion, and his command of English renders his teachings particularly beneficial to students in the West. He was born in 1945 in Sakya, Tibet, and in 1959 escaped with tens of thousands of Tibetan people to India, where he continues to live and work tirelessly to rebuild the Sakya tradition. He has guided the establishment of over thirty monasteries in India and Nepal and has helped found Sakya centers around the world. His seat in North America is Tsechen Kunchab Ling in Walden, New York.


Image Credit
Padmasambhava Tibet; 19th century Pigments on cloth Rubin Museum of Art Gift of Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation F1997.12.1 (HAR 188)

This program is now SOLD OUT.

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Standard Ticket: $25.00

Full Ticket: $75.00 SOLD OUT

Member Standard Ticket: $22.50

Member Full Ticket: $67.50 SOLD OUT


The full ticket program begins at 6:15 PM.