pla | Phillip Lehn Architect
Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
Portico, Library, Mahakala Shrine and Stupa Additions
An early site plan showing the existing Monastery and the proposed Portico, Library, Mahakala Shrine and Memorial Stupa Additions. The City initially rejected and opposed Sakya Monastery's application for the lot coverage variance needed to build the additions, but later approved the variance in a public hearing.
Originally a neighborhood Presbyterian Church built in1929, it later became Baptist before purchased in1984 by His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the eldest of a sacred Tibetan family lineage unbroken for nearly 1000 years. Through his, his wife, Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho's, his brother, His Holiness Trinley Sakyapa's, and His Eminence Dezhung Rinpoche's holy prayers, teachings, guidance and conduct, their devoted followers' generous donations and eager labors, the building was gradually transformed into Sakya Monastery, the nation's first Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Improvements have included fire separations to permit both residential and public assembly uses, leveling the sanctuary's sloping floor, reroofing the building, refinishing exterior and interior walls and ceilings, adding flag poles, sacred statuary and wall paintings, its Portico, Library, Office Addition, Mahakala Shrine and His Eminence Dezhung Rinpoche's Memorial Stupa and Prayer Wheels.