Tenzin, Sakya Khenpo Sangyay

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Wylie sa skya mkhan po sangs rgyas bstan 'dzin
English Phonetics Sakya Khenpo Sangyay Tenzin
Birth:   1904
Death:   1990

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He was born in Tibet in the year 1904, in the area of Sakya... At the age of ten he became a novice monk, receiving his novice vows from Khenpo Rinzin Gyaltsen. He studied Buddhism with many distinguished masters, such as Drayab Thupten Zangpo...At the age of 37, he took full ordination in the presence of Zimhog Rinpoche in the lineage of the great Monastery of Sakya. Following the advice of his guru, he then became the abbot of Ngor Ewam Choden Monastery for three years, and then proceeded on to Tanak Thupten Namgyal Ling Monastery, founded by Gho Ramjampa. In this monastery he served 15 years as an abbot.

The most remarkable events of his scholarly career include his teaching of the “Clear Differentiation of the Three Vows,” with his own commentary, to His Eminence Chobgye Trichen Rinpoche, and the oral transmission of the “Uncommon Stages of Meditation” by Kamalashila to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. To this day, His Holiness mentions his gratitude towards Khenchen Sangye Tenzin for having conferred this rare transmission.(Source Accessed May 20, 2020)

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