A Concise History of the Sakyapa School summarizes the history of that venerable tradition, briefly describing also its scholastic curriculum and even enumerating many of its most prominent branch monasteries. A precious contribution when its author wrote it in the late 1960s, when the Tibetans in Indian exile desperately needed such a historical synopsis, it remains helpful and relevant today. This new illustrated version reintroduces a hitherto forgotten work in a fresh way, and it also contributes significantly by providing from the translator a new and exhaustive list of all known Sakyapa monasteries (510 in all, grouped by country and county).
The late Chogye Trichen Rinpoche (1919-2007) was one of the most eminent Tibetan masters of his generation, not only for his own Sakya tradition but also for Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. His experience in practicing and teaching the main traditions of the Sakyapa School in Tibet and Mustang led him to become remarkably well informed about its history and its sources, as he demonstates in the present concise history.
"Khyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche was a very great master and important lineage holder in the Sakyapa tradition. He was important not only for me, but also for thousands of devoted disciples throughout the world." ---His Holiness Sakya Trizin
The translator, David Jackson, is a seasoned scholar who had the great honor to know the author for many years and is the author of his detailed biography, Lama of Lamas.