To expound the history of the Sakya School, the teachings of the five founding masters of Sakya Lineage and the Six Elegant Ornaments of the Land of Snows, the collection of their grand essence teachings and their translation in English is essential. If such a publication is possible, then it would be of great benefit to the western academics and the students of Dharma
am pleased to learn that The Gyana Project, which is undertaken by my son Gyana
Vajra, will work to translate the teachings and
commentaries of the Great Sakyapa Masters into English.
a collected work would give a complete insight to the whole Buddhist canon of
Tantra and Sutra (Vinaya, Prajnaparamita, Madhyamika, Adhidharma, Pramana and
differentiating the three vows). The unique approach and method of teaching and
commentary of the great Sakyapa masters have been highly revered and studied
intensively for centuries in Tibet.
So far, these important works have been used and studied mainly by Tibetans and Tibetan speaking community because any form of their translation is rare. The project is undertaken keeping this in mind and is for the benefit of all students and followers of the Sakyapa School and Dharma in general. I hope the project will be a great success and completed as soon as possible for the benefit of all the sentient beings.
prayers and blessings,
His Holiness Sakya Trizin 17th November 99
The project has the blessings of all the great Sakya masters of our times and is to be undertaken at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Scholars working on this project will reside at the institute's complex and will be adequately provided for there.
institute's founder most Venerable Khenpo Appey Rinpoche who also founded and
headed the Sakya College has already extended his blessing, appreciation and
support to the project.
scholars who would be recruited on basis of their merit and knowledge will
undertake the translation. A panel of experienced translators who would check
and edit the translated work will supervise them.
the process, renowned scholars and masters of the Sakya School will carefully
monitor the project, so that translation of the master's work is accurate and
The project, which is to begin, very soon is expected to take up to seven years. The expected cost of the project is about ten million Indian Rupees or US$300,000 approximately.
Although the stipulated expenditure of this project is quite high, the project work itself will begin as soon as the initial amount for the basic amenities and requirements are met.
All major contributors will constantly be notified of the progress of the project and will be provided detailed information about the works of Sakyapa Masters
The funds for the project will be raised through donations from dharma followers and friends. We would be appreciating any and all forms of human, financial and material support. Please send all contributions addressed to "Sakya Center". Do indicate in your letter that the donation is meant for the Gyana Project or send it along with the attached donation slip on this brochure. All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and sincerely appreciated.
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