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Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies
P.O. Box 391042
Cambridge,  Massachusetts   02139
(For best directions, please ask the center.)
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Phone 617 492-2614
Center's Description
Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1990 by Acharya Lama Migmar Tseten with the patronage of His Holiness Sakya Trizin.

Offering both beginning and advanced courses, Lama Migmar teaches Abhidharma, Madhyamika, and Mind-Training, such as Parting From the Four Attachments, Wheel of Sharp Weapons, Seven Points of Mind-Training, as well as classic Sutra texts such as the Dhammapada.

Other affiliated centers include the Sakya Retreat Center in Barre, MA, where students have completed solitary retreats up to three and a half years in length, and the Sakya Manjushri Temple in Shrewsbury, where an ongoing program of monthly ritual services are held.

The practice taught at Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies and its affiliates are based on the classic gradual approach, beginning with Mind-Training and concluding with advanced Vajrayana deity practice.

Venerable Acharya Lama Migmar Tseten was born in 1956 at Chimdok, Gyaltse in Central Tibet. He left Tibet with his family in 1959 and resettled in South India. In 1970 he became a monk and joined the Tibetan Institute at Sarnath, Varanasi, where he studied Sutrayana (Hinayana and Mahayana) Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan literature, as well as Sanskrit, English and history, under the late Sakya Khenpo Rinchen and the Khenpos from Gelug, Nyingma, Kagyu, and Indian masters. In 1980 he received the Acharya Degree and graduated first among the four lineages.

In 1981 at the request of H.H. Sakya Trizin, Lama Migmar became the head of the Sakya Main Monastery at Puruwala, India and the Sakya Center at Rajpur, India. While serving these monasteries, he continued his study and practice in Sutra and Tantra, he received transmissions such as Lam Dre, the Path and Result, Vajrayogini and many others, from H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.E. Chogye Trichen, H.E. Ludhing Khen Rinpoche, Khenpo Sangye Tenzin and Khenpo Appey Rinpoche.

In 1990, Lama Migmar became the head of the Sakya Retreat Center in Barre, MA. He founded the Sakya Manjushri Institute in Cambridge, MA and the Manjushri Temple in Shrewsbury, MA. He also serves as the Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
Averages of independent reviewers (1)
Spiritual 5.00   Material 5.00   Recommend 5.00
(1 = Weak ... 5 = Excellent)
Independent Comments
12/29/2003  Reviewed By: Pamela Colleran
Lama Migmar is a gifted spiritual teacher. I have been studying with him for over seven years. It is a rare opportunity in the west to receive such teachings as Tibetans did in Tibet and India. We are blessed to have this opportunity. Lama Migmar truly exemplifies both compassion and wisdom. His English is perfect and his teachings are profound. You should check his classes out! You won't be dissappointed!

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