The following article is from the Winter, 1986 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

Sakya Shei-drup Ling in Cambridge, MA has announced the establishment of Sakya Chokor Yangtse, The Seat of His Holiness Sakya Trizin.

On January 25,1985, with the blessings of His Holiness Sakya Trizin and the Venerable Deshun Rinpoche, 180 acres of beautifully wooded land in Barre, MA, complete with a mountain view, caves, streams, and a lake, was purchased for the establishment of the Seat of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism in North America.

Deshung Rinpoche blessed the land at the time of purchase and in June, 1985 H.E. Luding Khen Rinpoche performed the meditation retreat of Hevajra and then bestowed the Consecration of Hevajra on seventy-five fortunate disciples.

Pioneer efforts to renovate the various buildings on the land have resulted in favorable developments. The lodge has been winterized and a shrine room, living quarters for lamas, and retreat rooms for meditators are being tastefully reconditioned. In addition, the little red house and one of the cabins have been comfortably renovated and used this past winter for retreats.

The first year has been very successful and the foundations of a great center of Buddhist learning and meditation have been established under very auspicious conditions, but the vast potential of Sakya Chokor Yangtse has only just begun to be realized. To establish a meditation center many more houses are needed so that people can put into practice the high level of teachins given by our Lamas. PJans have been discussed for the eventual establishment of Sakya College West modeled after the highly respected Sakya College in India and other plans include a residence for His Holiness and other venerable teachers as well as a monastery to serve the needs of the Sangha.

Inquiries about this project can be addressed to Sakya Shei-drup Ling, 5 Upland Rd. 3, Cambridge, MA 02140.