International Buddhist Academy – Kathmandu Nepal


The International Buddhist Academy (IBA) located in Kathmandu, Nepal, will host The Complete Path teachings given by His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the 42nd Sakya Trizin, from 2017 to 2023. IBA was founded in 2001 by Khenchen Appey Rinpoche to offer international students an ideal, immersive environment for the study of the Buddha Dharma in general and the teachings of the Sakya tradition in particular. Since its foundation, the academy has been conducting yearly three-month programs, offering courses in Buddhist philosophy and practice, meditation retreats and Tibetan language. Since 2008 it has also instituted monastic leadership and translation programs.

Teacher: His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche (see dedicated page for a biography of His Holiness)
Teacher of the Introductory Course, August 1-5, 2017: Khenpo Dr. Ngawang Jorden

Khenpo Dr Ngawang Jorden was born in 1956 and grew up in the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim. At age 14 he joined Sa-Ngor-Choe-Tshok Monastery in Gangtok. After completing his basic monastic training in rituals and liturgy, he studied Buddhist Philosophy with the late Khenpo Lodro Zangpo. In 1975 he went to Sakya College, Dehradun, India, where he studied the five branches of Buddhist philosophy under the late Khenchen Appey Rinpoche. He obtained the degree of Kachupa (equivalent to B.A.) and Lopon (equivalent to M.A.) in Buddhist Studies. Khenpo Jorden later taught at Sakya College before going to America to study at Harvard University where he completed his M.A. and then Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies.

His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and Khenchen Appey Rinpoche invited Khenpo Jorden to take up the position of Principal of IBA in Kathmandu and so he left his teaching post at the University of Chicago and joined IBA in 2009. As Principal of IBA he oversees the many projects IBA is involved in, teaches the Dharma to students from across the globe and engages in translation work. He also travels extensively to countries such as Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Europe to give teachings.

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Partner center Europe

CIDEB, International Center for Buddhist Studies




CIDEB, International Center for Buddhist Studies, is the seat of the Sakya Foundation, located in Alicante, Spain. The center was inaugurated in 2006 by HH Sakya Trizin and offers a wide range of activities open to anyone interested in Buddhist philosophy and practice. 
The center can accommodate 60 overnight guest with various lodging options and has two halls for conferences and events. The Buddha Temple is a luminous space overlooking the Mediterranean that can seat 500 people. The Tara Temple overlooks the Mediterranean and is an ideal space for groups of up to 120 participants.

Teacher: to be announced


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Partner center Australia

Drogmi Buddhist Institute was founded by Khenpo Ngawang Damchoe and formally incorporated in October 2009, with the aim to promote the understanding, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in Australia, in line with the Great Sakya Tradition, under the guidance and support of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. The centre is open to all who are interested in the precious Dharma and its teachings.
From 2017 to 2019, the first three years of The Complete Path teachings will be held at the new center in Tilba, on the south coast of NSW, called Kamalashila Tibetan Buddhist Centre.
Teacher: Khenpo Ngawang Damchoe
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe is the founder and spiritual director of Drogmi Buddhist Institute. A monk for more than 40 years, he is highly respected in Australia and internationally for his profound knowledge and the clarity of his inspirational teachings.
Khenpo Damchoe studied at Sakya College in Dehradun, India, under late Khenchen Appey Rinpoche and was awarded the Lopon title upon completion of his rigorous training.In 1994 His Holiness requested Khenpo la to go to Australia, where he lives since, guiding many people in the study and practice of the Buddha Dharma. In 2002 His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin awarded him the Khenpo title in recognition of his profound understanding of the Dharma.

Partner center Taiwan


The Vajrayana Sakya Manjushri Center was established with the blessings and encouragement of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin in 2008 and is His Holiness’s seat in Taiwan. The main function of the center is to organize the teachings of His Holiness and the Sakya Dunsey Rinpoches in Taiwan, to host group practices and to support the enlightened activities of His Holiness all over the world.

Teacher: Khenpo Chenyang Gyatso

Partner center USA

Partner Centers in the USA, affiliated with Tsechen Kunchab Ling

Tsechen Kunchab Ling
12 Edmunds Lane, Walden NY  12586
Seat of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin in the United States
Abbot and The Complete Path Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen
Contact: Reverend Chodrungma Kunga Chodron  +1-301-906-3378

Sakya Phuntsok Ling
608 Ray Drive, Silver Spring MD  20910
Branch of Tsechen Kunchab Ling in the Washington DC area
Spiritual Director and The Complete Path Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen
Contact: Reverend Chodrung Jamyang Tharchin
Website: Currently under revision

Tsechen Chokhor Ling
12037 Clark Street Arcadia CA 91006
Branch of Tsechen Kunchab Ling in the Los Angeles area
Spiritual Director and The Complete Path Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen
Contact: Oliver Tan

Sakya Thupten Dhargye Ling
619 8th Street SE, Unit #112, Minneapolis, MN  55414
Branch of Tsechen Kunchab Ling in Minneapolis
The Complete Path teacher: Khenpo Thupten Gongphel
Contact: Silvia

Teachers: Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen and Khenpo Thupten Gongphel

Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen is Abbot and Vice President of Tsechen Kunchab Ling. He established the temple in 2001 at the advice of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin as His Holiness’ Temple Seat in the United States. Venerable Khenpo Kalsang is also spiritual director of Sakya Phuntsok Ling Centers for Tibetan Buddhist Study and Meditation in Silver Spring, Maryland and several other branches of Tsechen Kunchab Ling throughout the country. He is a widely recognized and accomplished teacher and translator of Buddhism. His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and other high lamas of the Sakya Order have repeatedly praised his Dharma activities as exemplary.

Khenpo Thupten Gongphel became a monk of the Sakya Order in 1984, when he joined the Sakya Centre in Dehradun and took his novice vows.  He completed the Sakya curriculum of Tibetan grammer, and Buddhist rituals and scriptures.  He took his full monk’s vows in 1990.  In 1997, he joined the Sakya Institute, Puruwala and, in 2004, he obtained his Kachupa degree (equivalent to a BA in Buddhist Philosophy), and his Loppon degree (equivalent to an MA) in 2006.  He spent the next two years teaching Buddhist Philosophy at the Sakya Institute. In 2008, Lama Thupten Gongphel joined the International Buddhist Academy as a member of the Monastic Leadership Program.  There, he learned English and Mandarin, while teaching Buddhist Philosophy in English to foreign students during the summer courses held at the Academy.  He is qualified to act as translator and interpreter in Tibetan, English, Mandarin, and Hindi. Lama Thupten Gongphel is known as a genuine monk of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism and a person of excellent moral character and standing. 



Please refer to centers listed above.


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