Sakyong Ladrang

Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo with Jetsun Drukmo and Jetsun Yudra


Traditionally in Tibet, ladrangs have ensured the smooth succession from one family lineage holder to the next. They created a financial base of support for the training of the next lineage holder as well.

The word “ladrang” has many translations, but in essence the “la” stands for lama or king, and “drang” means residence. Therefore ladrang literally means “place of the lama,” or “residence of the lineage.”

The Sakyong Ladrang protects the sacred holdings of the lineage of Sakyongs. These include written works, intellectual property, real estate and ritual objects.

The Sakyong Ladrang also generates wealth to support the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo’s activities and to create a healthy financial base for future lineage holders. This includes cost of retreats, teaching, ceremonies and philanthropy.

The Sakyong Ladrang is a non-profit organization. It consists of the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo. A group of Ladrang councilors administer the organization. Only the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo may decide who becomes the next lineage holder.


When people make offerings to the Ladrang, there are two aspects. One is their devotional gift to their teacher, which in the vajrayana Buddhist tradition has to do with the relationship between teacher and student. The second aspect is creating an energetic connection that generates blessings from the lineage to the students of the lineage.

It does not matter how large or small an offering is, if it is done with a heart of devotion and the offering itself is an act of love. Then all offerings are of equal magnitude and equal significance. It takes a strong society to support a Sakyong, and it takes a strong Sakyong to help us realize enlightened society.