His Holiness the Sakya Trichen

Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen is delighted to announce that His Holiness the Sakya Trichen has consented to bestow the Tsembupa Avalokiteshvara Empowerments and Teachings at Tsechen Kunchab Ling in June, 2020. All teachings will be simultaneously translated into Mandarin and Spanish.

Tsembupa Avalokiteshvara is a very special anuttarayoga tantra version of the practice of the Greatly Compassionate One. It originates from the great Tibetan mahasiddha Tsembupa, who led a very simple, secluded life in retreat. Due to his very high realization, many monasteries requested him to become their abbot, but he declined, always devoting himself to diligent solitary meditation. He practiced all gurus as one; all deities as one; all mantras as one; and all meditations as one, combined in the practice of the Greatly Compassionate Avalokiteshvara. The many pure visions and blessings that came to him gave rise to this special complete Avalokiteshvara practice, which supplements the meditation on the Greatly Compassionate One with sleeping yoga, arising yoga, washing yoga, tsog, fire puja, and rituals for the living and deceased.

Tsembupa Avalokiteshvara

Tsembupa Avalokiteshvara

His Holiness will begin the Tsembupa Avalokiteshvara program by bestowing a two-day Avalokiteshvara Major Empowerment on June 13-14, followed by the one-day Avalokiteshvara initiation of the Combination of Mahamudra and Great Compassion.

Following the empowerments, His Holiness will bestow four days of instructions on how to practice the Tsembupa Avalokiteshvara meditation and associated yogas.

For those interested in undertaking a solitarymeditation retreat on the practice after the teachings conclude, please contact sakya@sakyatemple.org for more information on doing retreat at Tsechen Kunchab Ling.

We hope you will be able to make the journey to Tsechen Kunchab Ling to receive these profound teachings from His Holiness the Sakya Trichen.

Key Information

June 13-14, 2020 Saturday/Sunday – 2:30 pm each day

Two-Day Major Avalokiteshvara Empowerment    

This is a two-day empowerment, so you need to attend both days.

June 15: Monday – 10:00 am

Avalokiteshvara Combination of Mahamudra and Great Compassion

This empowerment is a pre-requisite to attend the teachings June 16-19.

June 16-19: Tuesday through Friday – 10: 00 am & 2:30 pm each day

Teachings on Tsembupa Avalokiteshvara meditation and associated practices

The two prerequisites to attend these teachings are:

1)      A two-day major empowerment in the Sakya tradition – For example, June 13-14 satisfies this requirement for those who have not received a major Sakya empowerment before AND

2)      The Avalokiteshvara Combination of Mahamudra and Great Compassion empowerment. June 15 satisfies this requirement.


Additional Teachings by His Holiness the Sakya Trichen sponsored by other groups in the NYC area:

  • On Saturday, June 20, Palden Sakya Center will host “Healing Buddha”— an annual day-long program held this year at Tsechen Kunchab Ling. In the morning, His Holiness the Sakya Trichen will bestow a Medicine Buddha empowerment followed by reading transmission of the Medicine Buddha Sutra. In the afternoon, Khenpo Pema Wangdak will explain the meditation practice, followed by reading of the sutra. For more information please contact paldensakya@vikramasila.org 
  • On Sunday, June 21, Father’s Day, Sakya Tsechen Association of New York and New Jersey will host His Holiness the Sakya Trichen in Queens, New York, where His Holiness will preside over a Guru Bum Tsog ritual and faithful students will have an opportunity to make a Father’s Day offering to him. The program will be held at Phuntsok Deshi Tibetan Community Hall, conducted in the Tibetan language. For more information contact dhargayn@gmail.com

The temple is offering the teachings free of charge. Sponsors are gratefully appreciated and make it possible for the temple to offer the teachings to everyone. See  below for sponsorship opportunities.

An undertaking of this size and cost is only possible with the generosity of devoted Dharma sponsors. All those with fortunate means and motivation are invited to share in the great merit of hosting these profound teachings.  In addition to the virtuous karma of being a patron of the Dharma, sponsoring this profound teaching cycle is a very special way to strengthen one’s connection with these profound teachings.

Gold Patron – $5,000

Patrons’ generosity covers the considerable costs of hosting the teachings. In appreciation for patrons’ kindness in making the teaching possible for all, patrons receive special seating in the assembly, a dinner with His Holiness the Sakya Trichen on June 16th, gifts of appreciation, and recognition in signage. Patron seating is provided for the patron themselves and one family member. Two people may join together to become a patron.

Publication Sponsor – $1,500 

Publication sponsors cover the cost of preparing, printing, and distributing the prayers, sadhanas, and other publications distributed during the teachings. Publication sponsors are recognized during the teachings and acknowledged in the publications distributed to the assembly.

In addition, those who wish to sponsor empowerments, daily teachings, meals for the sangha, tea, images, and flowers, please inquire onsite at the registration desk after you arrive.

If you would like to become a sponsor or would like more information about sponsorship, please contact sakya@sakyatemple.org.  Thank you!

The temple welcomes those who wish to accumulate merit by offering service to the temple and sangha during their stay. Volunteers may help in various ways, including service of daily tea offerings, cleaning and resetting the shrine room each afternoon. A regular commitment of an hour a day is requested from those who wish to become official volunteers from June 13 through June 19. Official volunteers who offer their service diligently during the teachings will be recognized with appreciation during and at the conclusion of the teachings. Please note the jobs with which you would like to help on your registration form.

 Please make your own arrangements. There are many restaurants nearby.

Please arrange your own housing. A list of local options is available on our website . A forum for students looking to share housing and transportation is available–please see below for more information. We regret that there are no accommodations available at the temple, and camping on the temple grounds is not allowed during the teachings and empowerments.

If you would like to coordinate housing arrangements with other students, this forum is available to use.  To use the forum:

  1. Click on the Google groups button:
  2. Sign into your Google (i.e. Gmail) account, or create one if you don’t already have one
  3. Click on the discussion category “Accommodation: Looking for roommate(s)”
  4. Create a new topic with your request or respond to one of the existing ones to find a roommate

For information on how to  get to the temple from airports, click here.

Please arrange your own transportation. A car may be necessary for travel in the temple area as there is no local public transportation. Please keep in mind that there is limited parking lot space on site, so ride sharing is highly encouraged. If you would like to coordinate rides with other students, the Google Group linked to below is available as a resource.

  1. Click on the Google groups button:
  2. Sign into your Google (i.e. Gmail) account, or create one if you don’t already have one
  3. Click on the discussion category “Transportation: Looking for car ride”
  4. Create a new topic with your request or respond to one of the existing ones to find a roommate

Bring your vajra and bell. Please do not bring audio or video recording equipment as no individual audio or video recording will be allowed. Students wishing to have a copy of the teachings will be able to purchase a professionally recorded copy of the teachings for a reasonable price at the end of the teaching cycle. Also, please no pets.

Registration Form