of Tibet by China, which triggered the massive exodus of Tibetans into India and
neighboring countries, left a large void in the religious and cultural life of
the Tibetans. Once in India, under the benign leadership of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama and with humanitarian help from the government of India and various
aid agencies, rehabilitation centers and schools were soon established and
efforts were made to preserve and promote the distinct religious cultural
heritage of the Tibetans.
In 1964 the Sakya Center was formally established by Holiness
Sakya Trizin with a primary objective to preserve and promote the rich cultural
heritage of Tibetan Buddhism in general, and in particular, that of the Sakya
Tradition. During the initial years of its inception, the members faced many
difficulties due to lack of funds, language difficulties and ill-health while
adjusting to the new environment.
To begin with, the owner of Pratap Kothi, Rajpur Road, kindly
rented his hall to the Center. For quite some time it served as the Sakya
Center. Soon, the Center had to vacate the hall and the monks had to live in
tents on another piece of land, which was also kindly provided by the owner of
Pratap Kothi. These tents not only served as dormitories for the monks then but
also as the shrine room and kitchen, etc.
After sometime, the monks had to disperse from this makeshift
establishment due to acute financial difficulties and it was not possible to run
the Sakya Center.
However, with the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
the blessing and thoughtful guidance of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, together with
the continuous efforts and dedication of the members of those times, the Sakya
Center was re-established and this time in an old rented bungalow at 187 Rajpur
Soon it became necessary to secure the bungalow and land around
it as the population of the Center rose. His Holiness the Dalai Lama kindly gave
financial support so that the plot at 187 Rajpur Road could be bought. Loans and
donations from various aid agencies and individual supporters also contributed
to this major event.
The Center therefore managed to take firm root and become a vibrant and energetic religious community. Monks once again gathered and young monks also joined the Center. A study curriculum was then developed and the Sakya Center functioned as a monastic institute, imparting traditional education to the young monks while the elder monks continued with their spiritual practice as they had in independent Tibet.