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Sakya Monastery, Tibet.

SAKYA LINEAGE OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM

The meaning of the word, and some historical facts and poetry

Homage to Manjushri, the Bodhisattva (Saint) of Wisdom
Om, May there be peace and wholesomeness!

With the boat of two accumulations
The great seer crossed the ocean of samsara haunted by the
sea monster of the belief in things as real.
May Munindra, king of sages, this lord supreme among the
gods.
And truly peerless in samsara and nirvana, bestow
auspiciousness.
I fervently revere the throne holders of Sakya,
Owners of three sublime names (1),
Emanations of the three families of Bodhisattvas (2),
Manifested to tame beings of diverse dispositions.
I will compose a short history of successive lineage holders,
Following the instructions of our Guru and sole refuge, the
41 st Sakya Trizin,
Crown jewel atop the myriad scholars and siddhas of India
and Tibet,
Renowned as the Second Orgyen (3) of this degenerate time.
Thus I praise the sublime object and offer verses of
commitment to compose this subject. In the Manjushri Root
Tantra (Manjusrimulakalpa: ‘jam dpal rtsa ba’i rgyud) the
Sugata prophesied, ‘The letters SA and KA would be greatly

celebrated.’ Hence the place name of the Glorious Sakya
lineage was predicted by the Buddha himself.

Similarly, the other prophesiers were the Second Buddha, the
Lotus-Born Master (4) and the matchless Jowo Je Palden
Atisha, jewel among myriad panditas (5) and saint of India,
then in the end, Glorious Virupa, the forefather of hundreds
of siddhas (6) – all of them observed the inconceivable,
miraculous secrets of Ponpo Mountain (7).

In short, Jetsun Rinpoche Dragpa Gyaltsen [one of the
Founding Fathers of Sakya, along with Tsharchen Kunga
Nyingpo, Sonam Tsemo, Sakya Pandita and Choegyal Phagpa]
wrote, ‘The white soil is akin to the lion’s face, the Glorious
Sakya is the lion’s body, the abode of Vajradhara, who fulfils
the wishes of all beings.’ Sakya Pandita also praised the place
by saying, ‘This earth (SA) cultivates qualities of virtue and
excellence. Its colour is white (KYA) because it abandons the
stains of non-virtues.’

The above I believe was written by Adu Kalsang Gaytso in the Rongton
Dormitory of Sakya College on the Mahaparinirvana day of Kunkhyen Gowo
Rabjampa Sonam Senge, from the ‘The Beautiful Garland of White Lotus: Short
Biographies of the Successive Throne Holders of the Glorious Sakya Tradition’
translated by International Buddhist Academy (IBA) for the occasion of the
enthronement of His Holiness 42 nd Sakya Trizin, His Holiness Ratna
Vajra Rinpoche, Ngawang Kunga Lodo Wangchuk Rinchen Jigme
Trinle from His Holiness the 41 st Sakya Trizin, Ngawang Kunga
Thegchen Palbar Trinley Samphel Wangi Gyalpo Tashi Dragpe
Gyaltsen Pal Sangpo, our kind Root Guru who is omniscient,
compassionate, wise and benevolent.

 

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Sakya Monastery, Tibet.


SAKYA
The meaning of the word, and some historical facts and poetry

Homage to Manjushri, the Bodhisattva (Saint) of Wisdom
Om, May there be peace and wholesomeness!

In short, Jetsun Rinpoche Dragpa Gyaltsen [one of the
Founding Fathers of Sakya, along with Tsharchen Kunga
Nyingpo, Sonam Tsemo, Sakya Pandita and Choegyal Phagpa]
wrote:
‘The white soil is akin to the lion’s face, the Glorious Sakya is
the lion’s body, the abode of Vajradhara, who fulfils the
wishes of all beings.’

Sakya Pandita also praised the place by saying,
‘This earth (SA) cultivates qualities of virtue and excellence.
Its colour is white (KYA) because it abandons the stains of
non-virtues.’

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Sakya Library, Tibet.