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Housing & Meals

Meals Unusual food or supplies must be brought or you must arrange for them to be sent to you (see contact page for shipping options). Individual Retreats.  If circumstances permit, personal cooking may be accommodated in our kitchen (pictured here). We will grocery shop once a week for you. For those who wish to [...]

Location & How To Get Here

Sakya Kachod Choling is located at 865 Bullfrog Road on San Juan Island in Washington state and can only be accessed by plane or by boat (see options and resources below). We are approximately 8.7 miles from "downtown" Friday Harbor, and approximately eight miles from the airport. The airport is on the edge of town. [...]

Mission & History

Mission Statement Sakya Kachod Choling was established in 1986 on San Juan Island in Washington State under the direction of H.E. Sakya Jetsun Rinpoche. Our purpose is to provide Buddhists and Non-Buddhists alike a place for retreat in a natural, peaceful and supportive environment. In addition, the Sakya Society holds teaching events, sponsors guest speakers [...]

H.E. Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche

Her Eminence Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche, the highest and most thoroughly trained female Buddhist teacher in the West, was born into the Drolma Podrang, or Tara Palace of the Sakya Khon family in 1938, the year of the earth tiger. She began her dharma studies at the age of five. His Holiness Sakya [...]

The Sakya Tradition

The Five Founders of the Sakya Order. center: Sachen Kunga Nyingpo; top left: Sonam Tsemo; top right: Dragpa Gyaltsen; lower left: Sakya Pandita; lover right: Chogyal Phagpa The History of Sakya begins with a race of celestial beings having descended from the Clear Light heavens in the Realm of Form to take [...]

His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche served as the 41st head of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism until March 2017, when the throneholder duties were handed over to His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the 42nd Sakya Trizin, formally addressed as His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trizin Rinpoche. His Holiness Sakya Gongma Trichen is a [...]

Khenpo Pema Wangdak

Khenpo Pema Wangdak was born in Purang, Western Tibet, in 1954. In 1959 he fled with his family to India, where they settled in a refugee camp in Mundgod. He became a monk at the age of seven and later attended the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Benares, receiving his Acharya degree [...]


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