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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island If you are driving to the island, you will be taking the ferry from Anacortes, WA, or Sidney, B.C. Detailed information on the ferry schedule will be included in your registration packet, along with directions for driving to the SKC gompa and please use the resources on this page [...]

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 [...]

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