Office of HHJD Sakya & Phuntsok Phodrang
The Phuntsok Phodrang
Prior to the building of Sakya Monastery, the Indian master Atisha was traveling through Tibet. When he saw the patch of pale earth on the hillside where Sakya Monastery would be built, he dismounted and made prostrations to the hillside. He explained that he saw the syllables HRIH, HUNG, and DHIH, indicating many bodhisattva emanations of Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani, and Manjushri would come to this region. Accordingly, the Sakya lineage is famed for its bodhisattva emanations, especially of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom.
In the fourteenth century, the Sakya family had as many as four branches. Only one branch now survives, the Duchö. In the early nineteenth century, this branch split into two palaces (phodrangs): the Drolma and the Phuntsok. Members from each palace have served as the Sakya Throne-holders.