Aug 11
Last Updated on 07 June 2012

Renowned Trantric Master, an Outstanding Scholar & an Eloquent Poet


issue-3-for-text-128His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche is head of the Tsarpa branch of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a renowned trantric master, outstanding scholar, practitioner, and a poet. He transmitted the most profound and important teachings such as the cycle of Gyude Kuntu (The Collection of Tantra).

As the most senior Sakya Lama, he offered teachings to great masters, including the 14th Dalai Lama and His Holiness Sakya Trizin. The fruitful transmission of His Eminence’s teachings is an enlightened activity of Dharma, a brain-child of his blessings and pure aspirations.

The Lumbini Monastery Dharmaswami Maharaja Buddha Vihar

The beginning

In 1968, in response to a series of appeals by the Mustang Dharmaraja, the late King Mahendra approved a grant of ten kata of land within the holy site of Lumbini. In 1969 the Mustang Dhramaraja Jigmey Palbar traveled to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and invited Mr. Ramesh Jung Thapa, the Director of the Department of Archeology, H.M.G. of Nepal, to the site of Lumbini. He identified the location for establishing the monastery east of the Buddha’s birthplace, and north of the Nepal Government Monastery.lumbini7

The gift

In 1970 the Mustang Dharmaraja Jigmey Palbar, and his Queen Chimey Sidrol, took responsibility for assistance and expenses of construction. They allowed to permanently place objects of Glossary Link merit for the reverence of visitors who travel to Lumbini; a three foot blessed gilt image of the Great Abbot of Mustang, the peerless Sonam Lhundrup (1456-1532) made five hundred years ago, the Gurus in the lineage of the Path and Fruit teachings. A large, fine Stupa of the Kadam tradition, and a gold-lettered Eight Thousand Verse Prajanaparamita, were offered by the Namgyal Monastery in Mustang, a two foot gilt image of the Sage was offered by Montang Monastery in Mustang.

The consecration

On March 2, 1975, in celebration of the enthronement of His Majesty King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah upon the golden throne, the doors of this temple were opened by the representative of H.M.G. of Nepal, the Zonal Commissioner of Lumbini Zone.


In 1969, on the 5th day of the 12th Tibetan month, the land was examined, the lines from the serpent earth-deity (mahoraga) diagram made, and initial excavation and leveling was carried out. The sequence of offerings were conducted. The assembly hall was fifty feet in length and thirty-three feet in width. There is a temple for the protectors, and a chapel. Eleven rooms, included a chapel for the Translated Word, a living room, and elevated chapel for worship. The murals (in the assembly hall) are of the Twelve Deeds of the Enlightened Teacher, together with the retinue, Sixteen Sthaviras, Twenty-One Taras, Gurus, deities, and dharmapalas. In the portico are four great guardian-kings, and five-part Glossary Link wheel of Life. They were completed by Gyatso Chudrak, Guru Wangchuk, and Ge Lekdrup Gyatso. They were assisted by four young monks of Lumbini, as well as Jamzang and Tengya from the Rajpur Dharma Centre. From 1970 the work took six years.


The blessings

H.H. Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Ngawang Kunga Tegchen Palbar, performed the ritual of consecration via Sri Hevajra, to stabilize the infusion of the blessings of primordial wisdom until the end of the aeon. He led the ritual assisted by the five Lamas and Glossary Link Tulku, and fifty members of the Sangha. He performed the consecration for three days with more than a thousand people, including regional officials and honored guests. It is a shrine for the accumulation of merit by all faithful people who come to visit from the United Nations and all over the world. His Eminence conducted the first three-year retreat based on the Hevajra Tantra.

A Huge Holy Relics Memorial Stupa of His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche


1. Purpose:

It is said that all the Buddhas of the three times reached enlightenment owing to the blessings of their Gurus. Hence, the fulfilling wish of Guru is of paramount importance to every Buddhist practitioner. In order to honor and fulfill the noble wish of our precious Guru, it is the sincere and heartfelt wish of all the Disciples and students of His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche to construct a Holy Memorial Stupa. The Stupa, which we are going to build, is also one of the eight Stupas of the Tathagata. When Buddha passed into Nirvana, his disciples built a stupa dedicated especially to fulfill the holy wishes of Buddha. Following this auspicious example, we are erecting a Memorial Stupa to fulfill noble wishes of His Eminence for the sake of all sentient beings.

2. Benefits:

There are incomparable benefits in building any Buddha images, stupas and temples where Sanghas gather. As it is said in Smritiyupasthanah Sutra, “Constructing base and basis, providing place and needs for Sangha etc...Always virtuous leading to virtuous, so that virtue does not decline, for a thousand million aeons.” Furthermore, in the Sutra describing Law of Cause and Effect where immeasurable benefits are stated, it is said, “Any being who builds a Stupa of Tathagata and Sangha gathering place directly or helps these noble acts indirectly will definitely become a king and have power to rule in the future as well as gaining a pleasant voice, etc...”

3. Details:

The Holy Memorial Stupa will be constructed in accordance with the descriptions for such Stupa contained in the Sutra Text. It will be built near his retreat house in Narayanthan, which is located in the north west of Kathmandu and is also the holy place of one of the previous Buddhas, Krakuchand. It will stand more than 100 feet high and 54 feet in diameter. The main body “vase” of the Memorial Stupa will contain the Holy relics and Tsatsas of His Eminence and thousands of holy texts and statues. The ground floor of the Stupa will be a hall which will enshrine images of Buddhas, Dharma Protectors and other deities.

4. Fund Raising:

At present, we have received some donations for the Project. However, the available funds are insufficient to cover the cost for the entire Project. Hence we are appealing for additional donations to complete the Project. The total area of 15 ropani (one ropani is equivalent to 74 feet by 74 feet) land had been purchased. The estimated cost for the construction and the furnishing of the Holy Relics Memorial Stupa and retreat center will be Nepalese Rupees 75,000,000 which is equivalent to US$ 1,000,000 only.

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