About His Holiness Gyana Vajra Rinpoche

His Holiness Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, was born in Dehradun, northern India on 5th July 1979, coinciding with the tenth day of the fifth month according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, the holy birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. He is the second son of His Holiness Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, the 41st Sakya Trizin and Her Eminence Gyalyum Chenmo Tashi Lhakyi. His Holiness’s birth was accompanied by auspicious signs, blessing the Sakya Dolma Phodrang with the arrival of the second of a new generation of lineage holders of the glorious Khön family.

His Holiness Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche will be the 43rd successor of Khön Konchok Gyalpo, the first Sakya Trizin and founder of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. By virtue of his birth, Rinpoche is also the spiritual heir of an unbroken succession of highly realised masters and spiritual leaders of Sakya Khön Throne holders, whose sole purpose has been to lead ordinary beings towards liberation from the cycle of suffering.