The Sakya order is one of the oldest orders or sects within Tibetan Buddhism. It is also recognized by all of the other Tibetan Buddhist orders as being the order with the most powerful and numerous dharma methods that lead to true realization. The Sakya order has an extremely high status within Tibetan Buddhism. A tradition of the Sakya order is not to lightly transmit dharma or confer titles.
The founders of the Sakya order came from an ancient noble family called the Khon clan. An ancestor of the Khon clan by the name of Khon Lui Wangpo Sungwa was one of the first seven people in Tibet to become a monk. He followed and learned under Guru Padmasambhava. From that time on, all of the descendents of the Khon clan practiced the dharma from the lineage of Guru Padmasambhava. Moreover, they all personally saw their yidams and attained the most wonderful accomplishment in the dharma.
Later, Khon Konchok Gyalpo, who already was proficient in exoteric and esoteric Buddhist teachings, followed and learned the dharma under the great master Drokmi Lotsawa. He received teachings from newly translated secret tantras and thereby attained enlightenment. He then established the Sakya Monastery.
Thereafter, in an unbroken succession of generations that continues to the present day, all of the descendants of the Khon clan incarnated as nirmanakayas of great Bodhisattvas. The five Sakya patriarchs and many famous masters came from this outstanding lineage. The teachings of the Sakya order can now be found throughout all of Tibet and even all over the world. Moreover, many Patriarchs from the Nyingma sect and many masters from the Kadampa sect and the Kagyu sect have deepened their practice even further through the teachings of the Sakya order. Additionally, the Jonang sect, the Shalu sect and the Buton sect originated from the lineage of the Sakya order. During the Ming Dynasty, the Sakya Dharma King was given the title of Great Vehicle Dharma King (meaning king of the dharma).
In order to prevent the deterioration of and preserve the essence of Buddha-dharma, the Sakya order adopted the system of family and blood lineage. Its precepts and rules are just as strict as those of the Geluk sect. Furthermore, the Lamdre (Path and Result) and the Hevajra Root Tantra lineages of the Sakya order are extremely strict and rigorous. Thus, the teachings and lineages of the Sakya order have been preserved in their entirety. In order that the dharma of the Sakya order be handed down in a way that preserves its essence and correctness, those who kept and propagated such dharma are dharma kings and rinpoches from the Khon family lineage led by H.H. the Great Vehicle Dharma King. The famous master H.H. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo once said, “Even a tiny bit of the innate wisdom, abilities, and other merits of these rinpoches exceeds those of other incarnated rinpoches or descendants of eminent families who regard themselves as infallible. This is a fact that everyone has been able to personally see all the way up to the present time.”
His Holiness Great Vehicle Dharma King Sakya Trizin is a true nirmanakaya of Manjushri Bodhisattva. He is the supreme leader of the Sakya order whose wisdom, supernatural powers, and realization are extremely high. Moreover, the International Buddhism Sangha Association held an unprecedented Drawing Lots From a Golden Vase Ceremony to affirm the true reincarnated identity of H.H. Sakya Trizin and others. There were ten possible identities recognized by various rinpoches. One lot was drawn from among 120 lots to affirm the true reincarnated identity of H.H. Sakya Trizin. That drawing affirmed that H.H. Sakya Trizin is a nirmanakaya of Manjushri Bodhisattva, which is the reincarnated identity that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III recognized before that lot was drawn. “Trizin”is a Tibetan term meaning “Dharma leader.” That is, His Holiness is the supreme leader of all of the Buddha-dharma and temples of the Sakya order.
H.H. Sakya Trizin had extraordinary wisdom that no one could match from the time he was a child. When he was five years old, he received Lamdre Mind Essence teachings and completed the Long Life Buddha retreat. At the age of seven at the Sakya Monastery, he passed a broad and detailed oral examination on the Hevajra Root Tantra. Furthermore, wisdom stored since beginning-less time in the form of all of the other major dharma teachings of the Sakya lineage started to arise intensively in His Holiness’s mind. He completed the Hevajra retreat at the age of eight. When he was fourteen years old, he formally ascended to the throne of “Sakya Trizin” and went to India. When he was sixteen years old, he read scriptures and treatises on Madhyamaka (the Middle Way), Hetu-Vidya (Buddhist logic), Prajna (Wisdom) and other subjects at the place of the great Sakya master Khenpo Rinchen. His Holiness conferred his first Hevajra initiation at Kalimpong when he was seventeen years old.
H.H. Dharma King Sakya Trizin has practiced countless great dharmas and completed countless retreats. Such practices include those relating to the Long Life Buddha, Demon-Conquering Vajrapani, Mahakala, Vajrakila, Mahavairocana, and long ritual Hevajra. H.H. Dharma King is a rare and great Mahasattva of both ancient and present times. Buddhist disciples express nothing but praise and astonishment over His Holiness’s realization and accomplishment in the dharma. They deeply understand that the empowering effect of His Holiness’s initiations and dharma transmissions are no different than direct transmissions from Manjushri Bodhisattva or other great holy beings.
When the supreme leader of the Sakya order, H.H. Great Vehicle Dharma King Sakya Trizin, was in Nepal on December 10, 2006, His Holiness conducted a verification in accordance with the dharma. After His Holiness saw the truth that H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu is the third Dorje Chang Buddha, the Dharma King wrote an affirmation certificate as prescribed by the dharma.
To the left of H.H. Dharma King Sakya Trizin is H.H. Dalai Lama. To the right of H.H. Dharma King Sakya Trizin is H.H. Urgyen Trinley Dorje and H.E. Dharma King Chogye Trichen.