About Us

The Sachen Foundation began in June 1998. Her Eminence Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche aspired to establish an organization with the noble aim of preserving the Sakya tradition and teachings, and founded what was then called the Sakya Foundation in Washington State in the United States.

In 2015, H.E Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche expressed the wish to engage more in her personal practice and reduce her activities in the Foundation. She requested Khöndung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche to manage the Foundation as its chairman, while she remains as a Spiritual Leader, Teacher and Board member of the Foundation.

To mark a new beginning and renewal, Khöndung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche gave the Sakya Foundation a new name: the Sachen Foundation. This name is currently registered as a trade name used by Sachen Foundation while the legal process of changing names is underway. “Sachen” means “Great Sakya”, a clear reference to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158), a great spiritual leader and the first of the Five Supreme Sakya Masters who founded the Sakya tradition of Buddhism in Tibet.

The Foundation is a public foundation recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID number: 91-1925472).


For hundreds of years, the teachings of Lord Buddha spread from India to many countries with great success. In the fourth century A.D., during the reign of Dharma King Lha Tho Tho Ri Nyen Tsen, the Buddha Dharma was introduced to the Land of Snows. Five generations later, King Songtsen Gampo formally established Buddhism as the official religion of Tibet. Another five generations after that, Dharma King Trison Detsen invited the Bodhisattva Shantarakshita and the renowned Guru Padmasambhava to consolidate the vast teachings of the Sutras, Tantras, and Shastras in Tibet. These teachings are still preserved by the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism.


The Spiritual Leaders of Sachen Foundation are His Holiness, the 41st Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and Her Eminence Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche.


The board consists of Spiritual Teacher Directors and Non-Teacher Directors.