The Five Sakya Founders
Top centre Sachen Kunga Nyingpo; top left Lopon Sonam Tsemo; top right Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen; centre Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen Pal Sangpo; bottom centre Dragon Chogyal Phagpa
TIBETAN SAKYA TRADITION
The Sakya tradition, one of the four major branches of Buddhism in Tibet, played a significant role in the development and spread of the new Tantras that were introduced to Tibet in the 11th century. In 1264, with Kublai Khan’s granting of religious and secular rulership to Chogyal Phagpa, the Sakya-pas became the principal political power in Tibet. The political rulership was relinquished in 1354, but the unique Sakya religious tradition continued to flourish and is now vibrantly present in many parts of the world.
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