Sakya Tharpa Ling (Tibetan Buddhist Institute and Meditation Centre)

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Sakya Tharpa Ling (Tibetan Buddhist Institute and Meditation Centre)
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Sakya Tharpa Ling

Main School Vajrayana
Sub School Tibetan, Sakya
Founded 1991
Contact person(s) Sin-tae Wong
Founder(s) His Eminence 15th Gyalsay Tulku Rinpoche
President(s) Sin-tae Wong,
Contact Infotmation
Address 11 Wentworth Road
New South Wales 2135
Country Australia
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Phone (02) 9745 1888
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About the Centre

Sakya Tharpa Ling Buddhist Institute and Meditation Centre was first established in 1991 by the late His Eminence 15th Gyalsay Tulku Rinpoche, the Joint Head of Bir Monasteries in India and Tibet. The centre belongs to Sakya Lineage under the guidance of His Holiness Sakya Trizin. It is also considered under the umbrella of Dirru monastery. At the end of 1993, Gyalsay Tulku Rinpoche who was invited to give a Medicine Buddha initiation in Canberra but suddenly passed away. Khenpo Ngawang Damchoe was appointed in the late 1994 as the resident teacher until 2005 as the 14th Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche was very young then.

Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche first arrived in Australia in 1997. He became the Resident Teacher in charge since 2006 in Sakya Tharpa Ling centre that is located in 111 Wentworth Road Strathfield NSW. Upon Khenpo Ngawang Damchoe resignation as head of the centre, Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche took over the responsibility of the centre management to continue the legacy of the late Gyalsay Tulku Rinpoche.

Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche is a highly incarnated teacher. Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche graduated from Sakya College Higher Buddhist Institute with 9 years study in Buddhist philosophy. Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche has completed receiving The Collection of Tantras which is over 300 empowerments within 10 years from His Holiness Sakya Trizin. Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche has also received many great teachings from His Holiness Sakya Trizin, HE Luding Khenchen Rinpoche and the late HE Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche is the current Joint Head of Dirru Monastery in Tibet and Bir Monastery in India. Rinpoche was asked to bestow blessings in Taronga Zoo for the new born elephant in Sydney 2006.

Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche gave also numerous empowerment in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Sydney such as Hevajra Cause Empowerment, White Mahakala , 21 Tara, Yellow Zambala and White umbrella. Dungyud Tulku Rinpoche is currently giving teaching on Triple Tantra each week and often travels back to Bir Monastery and his other centers in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan for teaching and empowerments.

Resident Teacher Biography

The present Dungyud Rinpoche is the 14th reincarnation of Drriri Dungyud Rinpoche and he is the one of the joint heads of Dirru monastery in Tibet and India.
 Gyalsay Tulku Rinpoche, the second head of the Driru monastery and elderly monks began searching for our present Dungyud Rinpoche in 19…... They were guided by the prediction of His Holiness Sakya Trizin,
In 1978, he was found in a small Tibetan town called (red house) in Nepal near the Swayambhunath stupa. This stupa was regarded as one of the most precious and probably the oldest stupa in the history of Nepal since it is directly blessed and consecrated by a past Buddha called Buddha Kasapa. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the parts of the temple. This stupa used to contain the most precious holy relics.

The architecture of the Swayambhunath stupa is symbolic. The dome at the base of the stupa represents the entire world. When a person awakes (represented by eyes of wisdom and compassion) from the bonds of the world, the person reaches the state of enlightenment. The thirteen pinnacles on the top symbolize that sentient beings have to go through the thirteen stages of spiritual realizations to reach enlightenment or Buddhahood. The stupa is an important pilgrimage site. Each morning before dawn hundreds of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims climb the 365 steps that lead up the hill and perform clockwise circumambulations of the stupa.

Rinpoche was five years old when he was recognised as the 14th Dungyud Rinpoche and His Holiness Sakya Trinzin authenticated him as a reincarnation of Dungyud Rinpoche.
Thereafter Rinpoche was invited to Driru monastery in Bir, in Himachal Pradesh in Northern India. Upon his arrival at Bir monastery, Rinpoche’s enthronement ceremony took place. Subsequently Rinpoche also received his first Lam Dre teaching for three months from His Holiness Sakya Trinzin at Dehradun Puruwala, another state in Northern India.
From 1980-1990 Dungyud Rinpche was engaged in monastic training under the supervision of the great tantric tutor Chung du Lama Kalsang Gyaltso, who was also Abbot of Dirru monastery in Bir. As a great practitioner, Lama Kalsang Gyaltso lived his life as a saintly yogi.

Lama Kalsang Gyaltso made a great contribution towards Bir monastery. He performed all the profound practices and sacred prayers for the monastery. In 2001 he passed away at the age of 89. Following his passing, during the cremation, a most amazing miracle happened as a number of precious relics were produced from his bones.
For three months every winter, from 1988 to 1998, Rinpoche attended teaching given by HH Sakya Trinzin on the "Collection of Tantra", including more than 388 empowerments. This is the biggest collection of all the major empowerments in the Sakya tradition. Each empowerment took two days to complete.

Some of the main events and accomplishments of His Eminence Dungyud Rinpoche


At the age of 17 Rinpoche commenced his studies at the Sakya College higher institute of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.


For a period of three months Rinpoche received the entire collection of the sadhana of the Sakya tradition. This included over 100 empowerments, including empowerments from other lineages.


Graduated from Sakya College, India Higher Institution of Tibetan Philosophy.
During each of his six years college time, each summer vacation, Rinpoche spent his summer vacation time in retreat for two to three months. The total length of these retreats was equivalent to one and a half years.


Received his second Lam Dre from HH Sakya Trinzin at his main seat monastery for one and a half months.


Rinpoche graduated from Sakya College with a Bachelor of Arts.
Arrived in Australia.
Took a six month trip to Singapore and Malaysia giving teachings, empowerments, retreats and public talks.
Received his third Lam Dre from HH Sakya Trinzin in Lismore, Australia over a period of one and a half months.
Founded another centre in Whyalla, South Australia, under the guidance of HH Sakya Trinzin. Rinpoche was interviewed by the local council on the local radio station, and also interviewed by the local newspaper.


Rinpoche received the ceremonial degree of Bachelor of Philosophy from Sakya College.


For seven months from March to September, undertook a major retreat in Bir monastery.


In November Rinpoche was invited to Taiwan for teaching and empowerments.
Participated in the enthronement ceremony for young Gyalsay Rinpoche. He is believed to be the reincarnation of the 14th Gyalsay Rinpoche. This is based on a letter from HH Sakya Trinzin setting out his dream and prediction.


Gave the first Hevajra and Vajavogini empowerments in Malaysia.


Received the 13th Golden Dharma empowerment from HH Sakya Trinzin over 14 days. This is the most profound empowerment out of the collection of empowerments.


Invited to Sydney Taronga Park Zoo to bless the elephants on the occasion of the Australian government bringing elephants to Sydney for breeding for the first time.


Led the first pilgrimage tour to India of 15 people for 21 days.

2006 onwards

Became spiritual director of Sakya Tharpa Ling Buddhist Mediation Centre.


Led the first pilgrimage tour to Tibet of 13 people for 14 days.
Rinpoche started the construction of the Driru monastery in North East Tibet.


Attended HH Sakya Trinzin’s complete teaching of the Vajrayogini practices in Spain for one month.
Invited HH Sakya Trinzin’s son Ratna Vajra Rinpoche to give a major teaching and empowerment on Vajakilaya. Also performed the profound ritual on the White Mahakala, and made treasure vases.


Received his fourth Lam Dre from HH Sakya Trinzin in Australia for five weeks.


Invited to Parramatta Police Headquarters to give a teaching on meditation and how to remain calm and tackle inner negative emotion which causes lots of depression and stress.


Invited to give a talk on the topic of 'The Two Truths' at the annual Kagyu Monlam in Homebush Bay.
Received 5th Lam Dre from HH Sakya Trinzin in New York for five weeks.
In August Rinpoche went to Tibet for the opening ceremony of the Dirru monastery. Construction took three years.
Taught generally on all Tantra, including the entire teaching explaining the Buddha nature or "uttara Tantra" - Matriya Buddha.
Teaching on Buddisattava and Charya Avaatar.


Gave Hevajra empowerment and teaching for the first time in Sydney, Australia.
Gave the 21 Tara empowerment for the first time in Sydney, Australia.