The 41st Sakya Trichen
Spiritual Learning: A top spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism comes to Eugene
It’s been five years now since the Dalai Lama visited Eugene. This weekend, Eugene will be host to another Tibetan spiritual leader — His Holiness the Sakya Trichen. Like the Dalai Lama, the Sakya Trichen, (also spelled as Sakya Trizin,) comes to Eugene through the Palmo Center for Peace and Education.
“Everyone is longing for happiness and wants to avoid suffering. It is quite clear that outer material progress alone could not accomplish the peace and happiness we are seeking; therefore, it has to be balance with inner training of the heart and mind. With these two together, I think we can certainly make this world more peaceful, harmonious, and a happier place to live," Sakya Trichen quoted on his visit to our local newspaper, the Eugene Weekly.
Sakya Trichen is the 41st master in a long lineage of spiritual leaders. He retired in 2017, passing the title to his son. Jigme Rinpoche, the Palmo Center's Founder and Director, has known the Sakya Trichen his whole life, and refers to him as a “Champion of Peace.”
“He’s a scholar, author, and humanitarian,” Rinpoche stated at the event. “He’s established and founded over 30 hospitals, schools, and universities, and thereby serves and benefits many people in the world. It’s really no exaggeration to say that he has transformed the lives of millions. The Dalai Lama refers to Sakya Trichen as ‘The King of Yogis.’”
During his two-day visit to Eugene, Sakya Trichen gave in-depth lectures on “Medicine Buddha Empowerment & Teachings,” “Freedom from Four Attachments,” and a public talk, “Finding Peace in a Complex World.” All of these events promulgated the idea of releasing ourselves from negative emotions, such as ignorance, self-degradation, jealousy, and anger and assisted in finding the power within to live peacefully.
This was truly a very special event for Eugene.