KF Supports an Ambitious Translation Project.
Currently, no book-length treatment of Sakya Pandita’s life is available to English speakers. Khyentse Foundation is supporting Tsechen Kunchab Ling Publications in the translation of three authoritative biographies of Sakya Pandita, which will be combined with reproductions of Tibetan thangkas and contemporary illustrations to produce a book that will introduce Sakya Pandita to the English-speaking world.

The fourth of the five founders of the Sakya Order, Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen Palzangpo (1182-1251), was a prolific writer and a great thinker who was primarily responsible for the transplantation of the ten major and minor sciences from India to Tibet. Toward the end of his life, he was invited to China and became the teacher of the Mongolian Khan, converting the warlike emperor to Buddhism. His influence there planted the seeds that caused Tibetan Buddhism to later flourish in Mongolia. He lived during a fascinating and important period in the development of Buddhism in Tibet and Mongolia.

Currently, no book-length treatment of Sakya Pandita’s life is available to English speakers. Khyentse Foundation is supporting Tsechen Kunchab Ling Publications in the translation of three authoritative biographies of Sakya Pandita, which will be combined with reproductions of Tibetan thangkas and contemporary illustrations to produce a book that will introduce Sakya Pandita to the English-speaking world. The three texts to be translated are:
1. The Biography Based on Sakya Pandita’s Own Words, by Chogyal Phagpa
2. The biography of Sakya Pandita written by Gorampa Sonam Senggye contained in the beginning of Illumination of the Buddha’s Teaching
3. Amazing Treasure: The Holy Family’s Biographies by Ngawang Kunga Sonam

The texts are being translated by Venerable Lama Kalsang Gyaltsen and Reverend Dr. Ani Kunga Chodron, an experienced bilingual translation team, who over the past 15 years have completed many translations of philosophical texts, biographies, and ritual practices for the Sakya Order at the request of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and other Sakya lineage holders.