His Eminence Asanga Vajra Rinpoche

His Eminence Khöndung Asanga Vajra Sakya
is the son of H.E. Khöndung Ani Vajra Sakya Rinpoche – the second son of the Phuntsok Phodrang family – and Dagmo Chimey Drolkar. He is also the grandson of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorjechang Rinpoche and thus a direct descendant of the unbroken Khön lineage dating back to 1073. 
Asanga Rinpoche was born on May 1st, 1999 in Seattle, Washington. In April of 2005, at the age of five, Asanga Vajra Rinpoche left Seattle to begin his new life to live, study and train as a future Tibetan master who will further the Sakya Khön lineage. While at Tharlam Monastery in Nepal, Asanga Rinpoche has been receiving religious training from selected Tibetan monk scholars. In 2007, he received the Lamdre Tsogshay teaching from his paternal grandfather, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. The following year, Asanga Rinpoche received the Lamdre Lobshe teachings from his paternal grand-uncle H.H. Sakya Trichen. He has also received many other very important empowerments, teachings and religious instructions from other great masters such as H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.E. Chogye Trichen, H.E. Appey Rinpoche, H.E. Luding Khenchen as well as his maternal grandfather, H.E. Garje Khamtul Rinpoche, who is a Nyingmapa master.