Sakya: Khon Lineages

The following article is from the Spring, 1988 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

The Sakya center in Seatde submitted the following clarification to The Snow Lion:

Documented history of the Sakya Khon lineage begins about 754 A.D. when a member of the Khon family was a well-known minister to Tibet's King Tri Tsong De Zen. Subsequently, with the construction of a small religious building which has since become the North Monastery of Sakya, Khon Kon Chog Gyalpo established the first seat of the Sakya tradition in 1073. Five generations ago the Sakya Khon lineage diverged into two palaces: Phun Tsok Phodrang and Drolma Phodrang. Since the Tibetans fled their homeland in 1959, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen and H.H. Sakya Trizen of India have both been the leaders of their branches. In India and especially amongst the elders this is well known; however, younger Tibetans and Westerners not having contact with elders may have some misunderstandings.

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