The Venerable Dagmo Sakya


The Maui Dharma Center together with Tara Dhatu sponsored four days of teachings by the Venerable Dagmo Sakya, one of the foremost female spiritual mentors of Tibetan Buddhism, January 24-28th, 2003.

Born in Kham, East Tibet, she was trained in Buddhist practice from an early age by her revered uncle, Dezhung Rinpoche. The auspicious signs before and during her birth indicated a high born lama and her family was mystified at her being a female.

During her childhood she manifested many special abilities. She was able to see and communicate with the earth deities and she became known for her dreams, often prophetic and profound.

At 15, she married into the Sakya Khon family, one of Tibet’s religious royal lineages, becoming Dagmo Kushog Sakya (Revered Holy Mother), wife of His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Rinpoche, one of the head Lamas of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism. She received extensive teachings from many revered and remarkable lamas including H. H. Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche and The Venerable Kalu Rinpoche. She has ripened her mind stream through retreats and practice.

Due to the invasion of Tibet in 1959, she fled with her family to India, eventually settling in Seattle, Washington in 1960. She wrote a book about her life and exile called Princess in the Land of Snows. She has worked in the blood bank in Seattle for 30 years, caring for her husband and her 5 sons. She understands first hand the challenges of maintaining family, work and dharma. Affectionately known as “Dagmola”, she is gracious, charming, and profound. She speaks excellent English and is very approachable. We are privileged to have her come to share her life and teachings.