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 2024.

NOTICE: Please note that the TCP program is held, as planned, over the course of 7 years. The program for 2020 has been cancelled and postponed for one year due to the pandemic and will take place in 2021.

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 centers Europe

1) CIDEB, International Center for Buddhist Studies, SPAIN

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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The Arya Tara Dharma center is a Buddhist study and retreat center with a focus on Tibetan Buddhism and the teachings transmitted within the Sakya school. However, we follow the idea of non-sectarianism and are open and care for all Buddhist traditions. Situated in the beautiful countryside of the „Windecker Ländchen“ in Germany, the center provides a secluded yet easily reachable place for short as well as long term study and practice retreats. We regularly offer courses with a wide range of Buddhist topics under the guidance of our residence Lama, Do Tulku Rinpoche, and other visiting teachers.

Teacher: Do Tulku Rinpoche

Do Tulku Rinpoche is the residence Lama of the Arya Tara Dharmacenter. He was recognized by H.H. Sakya Trizin as the 5th Raktrul Rinpoche, a Lama from the Do Teng monastery in Kham. After his recognition he received his training in buddhist philosophy, practice, and debate at the Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in Bir, India, from which he graduated with the title of an Acharya (Lopön). Since then he has been teaching in Tibetan schools and guided retreats for monks in Mustang. Following the instruction of his Guru, he recently started to travel and teach in Asia and Europe. He received teachings, initiations and instructions from many great Lamas, including H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Dagchen Rinpoche, Luding Khen Rinpoche and many more. He works as a translator for the 84.000-Project. He lives with his family in Germany, where he teaches regularly.


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Partner centers 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.


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Sakya Losal Choe Dzong (SLCD), the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra was founded in 1989 by Lama Choedak Rinpoche in Canberra. SLCD is one of the most established Buddhist centres in Australia. Being aligned with the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, SLCD is under the patronage of His Holiness Sakya Trizin and His late Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.

Teacher: Lama Choedak Rinpoche

Lama Choedak Rinpoche was born in Tibet and grew up in Pokhara, Nepal, where he received his secondary education. Under the guidance of the late Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, head of the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya tradition, he completed his monastic training as well as a three-and-a-half-year retreat in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. Rinpoche then moved to New Zealand, and later to Australia, where he has been tirelessly giving teachings on Buddhist philosophy and practice, and guiding students in regular meditation retreats.

Lama Choedak Rinpoche’s profound explanation of meditation and its everyday relevance is renowned for its lucidity, authenticity and humour. His teachings are offered from the heart, and spiced with the richness of his experience, dedication and realisation.


Greg O’Rourke
Secretary, Sakya Losal Choe Dzong

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

6) 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.


Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism was co-founded by His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang and His Eminence Dezhung Rinpoche III and led for many years by His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang. The Monastery occupies a beautiful renovated building which houses a pristine example of a Tibetan Buddhist shrine that is one of only a few in North America.  While called a monastery, it is primarily a lay community of practitioners, with various levels of experience in the Buddhist tradition. The Monastery in Seattle is a seat of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism in North America. It is also a non-sectarian religious center, and hosts visits and teaching from leading lamas of all four Schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Ven. Khenpo Jampa Tenphel studied, taught and served as library director at the Dzongsar Institute in Bir, North India. He graduated from this monastic college after nine years of study and was awarded the Acharya degree, equivalent to a Ph.D. in philosophy. Upon completion of his thirteen years of study he received the honorary title of Khenpo in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In total, Khenpo Jampa spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. He also spent three years in silent retreat in Tibet. He has received empowerments from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and from many great masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa, and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse. He now teaches intermediate and advanced level classes on Buddhist philosophy, sutra and tantra in various centers around the world. He is also the founder and president of Tibetan Education Foundation, as well as the president of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America and president and founder of the North American Sakya World Peace Monlam Foundation, Inc.



Partner Center Singapore


Sakya tenphel ling

The centre’s vision is to illuminate lives through the teachings of the Buddha. By following the Sakya Tradition, its mission is to propagate the Buddha’s teachings, bringing about right understanding, moral discipline and mental development for the community.
Teacher: Khenpo Ngawang Gyaltsen from Sakya Centre, Dehra Dun, India
A highly qualified and experienced teacher, who holds a Lopon degree in Advanced Buddhist Studies and has been teaching the Dharma to Tibetan sangha and non-Tibetans since 2005, especially in Southeast Asia. He has responsibility for the spiritual aspects of the Sakya Centre in Dehra Dun.

www.sakyatenphelling. org


Partner Center Kuching, Malaysia

9) Kuching Tzu Bei Association 

Kuching logo 3 smallKuching Tzu Bei Association was formed in 2012. It is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers to establish the “Tzu Bei Bookstore” in order to provide a better venue for local Buddhist followers to approach the Dharma by free circulation of Buddhist books. In 2013, the Board of Directors approached The Honorable Phula Rinpoche to become the main Master of the association. It has become one of his three overseas Sakya services Centre authorized by His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin. The Centre has a full program of events, such as Dharma teachings, deity practice, chanting and making offerings. The Centre also offers Vajrayana Empowerments and Teachings by The Honorable Phula Rinpoche. It is truly our wish to carry out the vision and mission of the Honorable Phula Rinpoche in his Dharma career to promote Dharma and benefit all sentient beings.  


“ 古晋萨迦慈悲协会 ” 源于2012年成立的 “ 古晋慈悲协会 ”。其当时是几位发心居士为了有一个更好的场所让本区的信众接触佛法,免费流通佛教书籍而成立之 “ 慈悲书坊 ”,属于一个非营利宗教团体。


2014年中心正式供养给尊贵的普拉仁波切,並易名为 “古晋萨迦慈悲协会 ”,成为尊贵仁波切在尊贵萨迦法王授意下,近年定期于海外弘法所设立的三处萨迦中心之一。

本协会所进行的活动包括: 每星期天的绿度母共修及佛法研讨;于佛教殊胜节日,例如:卫塞节,法王诞辰等进行供灯,诵经共修;以及于年中举办之“大日如来沙坛城消灾祈福超渡大法会”及年底之“药师八佛沙坛城暨八大财神招财祈福大法会”。



Teacher: H.E. Phula Rinpoche

H.E. the 2nd Phula Denu Ruit Rinpoche is the current abbot of Cheekar Monastery in Nangchen, Qinghai. He is from a village situated east of Sakya Monastery which he joined at the age of 17. During his time at there, he received numerous Buddhist Sutra, Tantra and philosophical teachings, and also received the Uncommon Lamdre teachings twice, Vajrayogini empowerment and teachings, as well as many other Sakya Tantric teachings from the greatly accomplished Lamdre Master Lama Roka (Jamyang Losar Sangpo Rinpoche). Then in India during late 2000s, he received the Uncommon Lamdre teachings and numerous Tantric empowerments and oral transmissions from His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin. Thus Phula Rinpoche is well-versed in both the Sutra and Tantra teachings of the Sakyapa. In recent years, with blessings from His Holiness, Phula Rinpoche has been travelling throughout South-east Asia to spread the Buddha Dharma with his fluent command of the Mandarin language. He has also since set up Buddhist centres in Malaysia and Taiwan, to further propagate the Sakya teachings to benefit all sentient beings. 


Contact: Mr Chin Chee Fart:

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