• Sakya Trizin Enthronement


9th March 2017 Sakya Magon Thubten Namgyal Ling, Puruwala, Himachal Pradesh Enthronement Ceremony of the 42nd Sakya Trizin

The religious enthronement ceremony and Tenshug (Long life offering) to His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche the 42nd Sakya Trizin followed by teachings on the Sage’s Intent by Sakya Pandita, given by His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin.

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24th March 2017

for a duaration of 2 months

Sakya Centre, Rajpur, Dehradun, Uttarakhand His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin bestowal of the Common Lamdre teachings (Lamdre Tsogshey)

English and Chinese translation will be provided. Phurla Rinpoche will translate the teachings into Chinese; while Ven. Ngawang Tenzin will translate the teachings into English.  Revision will also be provided and translated.

For students who wish to attend the Lamdre teachings, kindly register by sending an email to sakyatrizinenthronement@gmail.com so we may make the necessary audio arrangements. Thank you.

*As with all temporal phenomena, the schedule is subject to change*

About Sakya

Brief Introduction to the Sakya Lineage

The Sakya Tradition—one of the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions—was founded in 1073 by Khön Konchok Gyalpo, who established the first monastery as the seat of Sakya tradition, at a place called “Sakya” in the region of the Ponpo Ri mountain range. Subsequently, the five Founding Masters of Sakya initiated the common and uncommon teachings and caused the teachings of Sakya including the auxiliary sciences to flourish. Since then, the lineage and its followers have been called “Sakyapa”.

The unbroken succession of lineage holders bear the three supreme names of ‘mtshan mchhog gsum ldan’, known as the Celestial Race, the Khön Clan and Sakya-pa. Through them, the great teachings of the Sakya Tradition are preserved and continue to flourish to the present day. The current throne holder, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, Ngawang Kunga Thegchen Palbar Trinley Samphel Wangi Gyalpo, saw with his vast vision that in the current degenerate time it would be beneficial to change the throne holder succession system, even though this diverges from the established Sakya tradition, creating a new era.

On 8th May, 2014, the new historical throne holder succession system was unanimously resolved by the Dolma Phodrang and Phuntsok Phodrang, with His Holiness the Sakya Trizin announcing the same on 11th December 2014 during the 23rd Great Sakya Mönlam for Universal Peace in Lumbini.

The resolution detailed the tenure, assumption of throne holder position by seniority and the prerequisite qualifications to become the throne holder. The qualification includes the complete fulfillment of studies of all the basic rites and rituals of Sakya tradition, studies in all the major philosophies, receiving empowerments, reading transmissions, pith instructions, mastering the teachings of the ancestral Dharma teachings of Lamdre Tsogshey and Lamdre Lobshey along with other important teachings and empowerments, and having accomplished the basic recitation retreat on Hevajra and other important yidam deities.

In March 2017, His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, Ngawang Kunga Lodro Wangchuk Rinchen Jigme Trinley, who is endowed with above mentioned qualifications, will officially ascend to the Sakya Throne to become the 42nd Sakya Trizin, the first throne holder under the new system.

About His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche

His Holiness Khondung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the eldest son of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Renowned for his erudition and the clarity of his teachings, Rinpoche belongs to the prestigious Sakya Khön family, whose successive generations have provided an unbroken lineage of outstanding masters.

Born on 19th November, 1974 in Dehradun, India, His Holiness was, from birth, the recipient of countless blessings, empowerments and teachings from His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin as well as many other learned and accomplished masters.

Rinpoche’s formal education began when he was six years old, under the tutorship of Venerable Rinchen Sangpo, with the study of Tibetan reading, writing, grammar, memorisation and recitation of basic prayers and rituals. In 1987, when His Holiness was twelve, he passed his first major examination at the Sakya Centre in Rajpur, Dehradun. Two years later, he completed his basic studies of the major rituals and scriptures of the tradition

In 1990, Rinpoche joined the Sakya College where he studied mainly Buddhist philosophy under the late Khenpo Migmar Tsering. In 1998, after years of rigorous training, His Holiness completed his studies there and was awarded the Kachupa degree, “master of ten scriptures“. In addition to his philosophical studies, His Holiness received many exoteric and esoteric teachings, empowerments, blessings, initiations, oral transmissions, explanations and pith instructions, mainly from His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, and also from many other important lineage masters, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, and Khenchen Appey Rinpoche.

Starting from the early age of twelve, His Holiness has completed numerous meditation retreats, including the rigorous and complete Hevajra retreat, one of the prerequisites for bestowing the Lamdre empowerments.

Among all his precious teachers, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin has always been, and continues to be, his main Root Guru and source of guidance and inspiration.

In 2002, after a long search for a suitable wife, Her Eminence Dagmo Kalden Dunkyi, was chosen, in the age-old Sakya tradition of holy divination, to be the spiritual consort of His Holiness. They have three children together, who are also being brought up in accordance with the ancient Buddhist traditions of scholarship.

With wisdom and compassion, His Holiness continues to regularly transmit numerous empowerments and teachings at renowned Buddhist institutes such as the Sakya Institute, the Dzongsar Institute, Sakya College, Tantric College, International Buddhist Academy, and countless other schools, centres, and monasteries all over the world.

In 2017, His Holiness will inherit the mantle of leadership from his esteemed father and Root Guru, in his new capacity as His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In doing so, he will continue to guide and inspire Dharma students from all over the world with his wisdom, genuine qualities of unaffected simplicity, humility and complete honesty, by presenting the Buddha’s teachings in the most authentic way, while maintaining the purest of Buddhist traditions.

Travellers Resources

The 42nd Sakya Trizin Enthronement Ceremony Organising Committee (EOC) will arrange accommodation for all invited guests (please see note 1 below) during the enthronement ceremony.

17 February, 2017

Dear invited guests,

The time to the Enthronement Ceremony is getting very close. For all the invited guests who did not register by our RSVP deadline in November, we had extended the registration for more than two months until now. Unlike big cities where it may be possible to book hotel rooms at any time, Puruwala is a remote place with very limited accommodation facilities available nearby. All accommodation at Paonta Sahib (town nearest to Puruwala) have been booked up by us, we have also booked into two other towns. Additionally, we have arranged to bring in logistical support from Dehradun to Paonta/Puruwala to provide transportation for guests between their hotels and Puruwala as there isn’t such support locally.

To avoid any inconvenience to any guests due to unavailability of accommodation and local transportation support, we regret to inform you that we have to take the decision of closing the accommodation registration with immediate effect. We ask for your kind understanding in this matter as it is impossible for us to make last minute arrangements. Guests who are impacted by this decision are requested to contact us as soon as possible. Thank you.

Email: sakyatrizinenthronement@gmail.com

Getting to Puruwala

The nearest town to Puruwala is a small town, Paonta Sahib (a.k.a. Ponta Sahib), where hotels and accommodation are available.  Puruwala is 13 Km in distance from Paonta Sahib, easily accessible via local transportation such as taxis (approximate cost Rs350-400) and tampo (three wheelers, Rs10/person or Rs100-150 per booking).  It is approximately 261 km from Delhi and 45 km from Dehradun train station to Paonta Sahib. There are different ways to get to Paonta Sahib.

  1. From Delhi to Paonta Sahib direct

One can travel by car or taxi from Delhi to Paonta Sahib via NH 44, continue via SH7 onto NH 905 to Paonta Sahib. The duration of travel is around 4 ½ to 5 ½ hours depending on traffic condition. Alternate driving routes are also available.

If arranged in advance, Puruwala taxis could travel to Delhi to pick up passengers, the fare will generally be cheaper than Delhi taxis going to Puruwala.

Puruwala Taxi pick up from Delhi

Big Taxi Rs. 4500-5000

Small Taxi Rs. 3700-4000

(If you need assistance from the EOC in arranging the Puruwala taxis, please contact the EOC via email sakyatrizinenthronement@gmail.com with your full name, contact details, pickup location (such as airport terminal or hotel address), time, two weeks prior to your departure. The pick up is only confirmed when you receive email confirmation from the EOC.)

Delhi Taxi from Majnuka Tilla to Paonta Sahib/Puruwala

Big Taxi Rs. 6000-6500

Small Taxi Rs. 5000-5500

  1. Delhi to Paonta Sahib by bus

There are a few buses from Delhi going to Yamuna Nagar daily, where one could transfer to another local bus at the Yamuna Nagar terminal to go to Paonta Sahib. However, the most direct way is from the Delhi Kashmiri Gate Bus Terminal, where a direct night bus departing at 10:00PM and arriving in Paonta Sahib around 5:30AM the next morning. The fare is Rs350. The bus option is generally recommended for seasoned travellers who are experienced in travelling in India.

Some useful websites for bus information:

www.delhigovt.nic.inhpsirmaur.nic.in and www.utconline.uk.gov.in

  1. From Delhi via Dehradun to Paonta Sahib

One can travel via road, train, air or bus from Delhi to Dehradun, which is about 250 km in distance.  Then from Dehradun, one will need to travel to Paonta Sahib either by car, bus or taxi, which is approximately 45 KM from the Dehradun train station. This option is suitable if a person plans to be in Dehradun in advance for some other purpose.

Taxi from Dehradun to Puruwala

One way: Rs. 1800

8 hour day rental (to and from Puruwala): Rs. 2600

Trains from Delhi to Dehradun

NDLS – DDN Jan Shatabdi: Departure: 3:20pm / (Fare CC coach Rs.520) (2S coach Rs.160)
NDLS – Shatabdi: Departure: 6:50am / (1A coach Rs.1405) (CC Rs.740)
DLI – DDN Mussoorie Exp: Departure: 9:20pm / (1A coach Rs.1385) (2A Rs. 830) (3A Rs. 580) (SLRs.215)
NDLS – DDN Nanda Devi Exp: Departure: 11:30pm (1A coach Rs. 1375) (2A Rs.825) (3A Rs.590)

Buses from Delhi to Dehradun:

From Delhi ISBT: Volvo Rs. 950, semi deluxe Rs. 450
From Delhi Ama Bus from Majnuka Tilla: Rs. 600
From Delhi Snow Region Bus from Majnuka Tilla: Rs. 600

Accommodation in Paonta Sahib

Accommodation in Paonta Sahib

Below is a list of hotels around Paonta Sahib with their indicative rates at the time of publication. It is not exhaustive, for information only for your travel planning.

AVN’s resort
NH-73a, Yamuna Nagar Road, Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh 173025, India
Phone: +91 94180 86231

Brighton Hotel (full)
NH-72, Building No. 188, Ward No. 11, Mogi Nand, Paonta Sahib, H.P.
Mobile: +91-82618-11313

Hotel Grand Riviera* (full)
N.H.72,Near Bata Bridge, Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh 173025, India
Phone:+91 98163 01234
Room rates: Rs2500

Hotel Guru Surbhi (full)
Near Y-point, NH-7 Paonta Sahib, District – Sirmour, (H.P) — 173025
Phone :+91-1704-223670,
Mobile: +91-9805686708, +91-8894860700
Email Address: hotel@gurusurbhi.com
Room rates from Rs1,650

Hotel Kanishka (Clock Tower)
Nahan Paonta Road, Paonta Sahib, Distt Sirmour, H.P.
Mobile: +91-93187-99186, +91 86288-39521

Lamba Celebrations Resort* (full)
Ambala-Paonta Sahib-Dehradun Rd, Pataliyon, Himachal Pradesh 173021
Room rates from Rs2,800

Hotel Mezbaan
Opp. Vishal Mart, Shemsherpur, Paonta Sahib, H.P.-173 025
Mobile: +91-98059-67470, +91-98059-67469

Hotel Nirmal
Near Yamuna Bridge, Paonta Sahib, H.P.
Mobile: +91-96254-33670

Hotel Omjee’s
Main Bazar Paonta, Himachal Pradesh
Mobile: +91-98164-60149, +91-94180-90183

Hotel Pal Regency* (full)
Main Bazar, Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh 173025
Ph :-01704-222454,
M : 09318580906
Pal 1 hotel room rates: Rs1,000-2,000
Pal 2 hotel room rates: Rs1,400-2,500

Hotel Pontika (full)
Gurudwara Road, Paonta Sahib, Distt. Sirmour, H.P.
Mobile: +91-94181-00081, +91-97362-00038
Room rates from Rs2,400

Hotel Rockwood and Hotel Rockstar* (full)
Near Y-Point, Bye Pass Road, NH 72. Paonta Sahib (H.P.)
+91 8894728071
Room rates from Rs2000

Hotel Yamuna* (full)
Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh 173025, India
Tel: 01704-222341, 224161
Room rates: Rs1,500-3,000

Some online travel booking websites which offer accommodation in Paonta Sahib are listed here for your information:


Note 1: Hotels marked with * have been secured from 8th to 12th March 2017, and local transportation between the hotels and Puruwala have been arranged by the EOC for guests invited to the Enthronement ceremony. Invited guests and all Sakya centres are advised to contact the EOC to co-ordinate their accommodation if they plan to attend the enthronement ceremony.


For inquiries, please contact the 42nd Sakya Trizin Enthronement Organizing Committee (EOC) at:

The 42nd Sakya Trizin Enthronement Organizing Committee
c/o Sakya Centre
187 Rajpur Road
P.O. Rajpur 248009
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Email: sakyatrizinenthronement@gmail.com

For assistance in logistics such as arranging Puruwala taxis, please use email sakyatrizinenthronement@gmail.com as the primary means of communication. For urgent assistance when you arrive in India, EOC members Tenzin Kunga +91- 96258-79114 can be contacted.

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