Teachings on Rain of Clarity (part 2) in London

On Saturday 12th March, Lama Jampa Thaye continued teaching Rain of Clarity, his text on the Buddhist path, in the pristine setting of the Wetlands Centre in London. Lama Jampa completed the first chapter of the text with the explanation of the Pratimoksha vow and provided invaluable insight into how Buddhist view and morality relate to the modern age and the issues of the 21st century. Lama Jampa then went on to teach the second part of the text, which focuses on the development of bodhichitta and entering into the Great Vehicle, the Mahayana.

Following the methodical and gradual pattern of the text, Lama Jampa expounded on how one develops the wish to become a Buddha for the benefit of all beings and how this wish is formalised through taking the bodhisattva's vow. Rain of Clarity provides an extraordinarily sophisticated, yet accessible explanation on the meaning and the strength of the vow and how practitioners can train in the aspiration and application of bodhichitta. This particularly useful part of the text provided guidance on how students can deal with the obstacles that are commonly encountered on the path of bodhisattvas.

Over the two sessions in London, Lama Jampa presented this chapter in a gentle and relatable manner while explaining sophisticated concepts such as the significance of Buddha nature and the two types of bodhichitta, alluding to the following chapters on the Six Perfections and the Madhyamaka view.

The next part of Rain of Clarity will be taught in June in Bristol.  Study Groups will be held on Saturday mornings in London and Wednesdays in Bristol.

In the afternoon, Lama Jampa bestowed the Vajrayana initiation of Red Tara from the Sakya lineage, a deity related to the achievement of magnetising siddhi.

Teachings on Buddha Nature at the Mikyo Dorje Shedra

Last weekend Lama Jampa taught a text by Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, ‘The Correct Discrimination of Zentong Madhyamaka’. 

People came from all over to hear Lama Jampa explain this very subtle way of  viewing the world. The purpose of this is to enable us to gain freedom from suffering by uncovering our Buddha nature and thereby experiencing the true nature of one’s mind. As ever Lama
Jampa was able to give the explanation of this deep subject matter, in a way that made it accessible even to those new to the dharma.

On the Sunday afternoon Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Namgyalma from the lineage of the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje for the first  time.

Lama Jampa will continue teaching this text at the next shedra session in Manchester on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3.

‘Rain of Clarity': teachings on the Buddhist path by Lama Jampa Thaye

“A gateway into Buddhist spiritual thought.” His Holiness Sakya Trizin on ‘Rain of Clarity’

Saturday 6 February in Bristol saw the first in five teachings by Lama Jampa Thaye on the stages of the Buddhist path in the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Attended by around 150 people from across the UK, this first session outlined the purpose of the text, which serves as a map to the destination of Buddhahood, from becoming a Buddhist through taking Refuge and then practising the path, to the wisdom, compassion and power of enlightenment itself.

This first instalment focused on what it means to become a Buddhist through taking Refuge and why people decide to do this. It could be a wish to find some happiness in this life; for some it may be the recognition of the suffering in the world, and, for others, a wish to help others find a way out of such misery. The concept of Refuge – protection from suffering – was also explained, as well as how the Buddha, his teachings and those who practise them can provide a reliable refuge, in contrast to other more changeable sources of happiness such as relationships, possessions and so on.

What faith means in Buddhism was also defined, in that although being inspired by beautiful images and knowledgeable teachers is helpful, actually it is only through applying our reasoning to the teachings that we can develop real confidence. Finally, because the potential to become a Buddha dwells within our mind right now, Lama Jampa explained how enlightenment truly is possible.

In the afternoon, Lama Jampa gave the vajrayana initiation of White Manjushri, a deity renowned for increasing wisdom, from the lineage of Mati Panchen. Mati Panchen was an elderly and illiterate buffalo herder who, through the power of this practice, went on to be a great scholar, dedicating the rest of his life to teaching others.

Sunday morning saw a well-attended Chenrezik puja at Sakya Buddhist Centre, with Lama Jampa and his family in attendance, followed by tea, cake and conversation.

The next part of ‘Rain of Clarity’ will be given in London on 12 March, with Lama Jampa returning to Bristol for part 3 in June. The next part of ‘Rain of Clarity’ will be given in London on 12 March, with Lama Jampa returning to Bristol for part 3 in June. For further details,  see our What's On page for details of further teachings on this text. 

Lama Jampa teaches at the Mikyo Dorje Shedra in Manchester

On the weekend of 5th and 6th December 2015 Lama Jampa completed his teaching of the Third Karmapa Ranging Dorje’s text ‘Showing the Buddha Nature’ at the Mikyo Dorje Shedra in Manchester. Using the commentary 'Clarifying the Thought of Rangjung' by the eminent 19th century master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, Lama Jampa explained this profound view in great detail and with perfect clarity. 

Lama Jampa reminded the appreciative audience that receipt of the teachings is just the first stage, and that having received them we must go on to study and meditate on their meaning in order for them to have their full benefit.

Lama Jampa's visit to Yorkshire, September 2015


Lama Jampa's second visit to Yorkshire this year was a joyful mixture of formal and informal teachings. On Saturday he taught at St Aidan’s C of E High School, where their new Sixth Form concert hall made a beautiful setting for the occasion.  Lama Jampa discussed the special contribution of Gampopa to the nascent Kagyu tradition, combining as he did his Kadam ‘graduated path’ inheritance with the Mahamudra transmission of his great yogic teacher, Jetsun Milarepa.  Lama Jampa then taught the first two instructions of 'The Four Dharmas of Gampopa', focussing on the Four Thoughts which turn the Mind to Dharma and the development of the Mahayana attitude. This teaching was open to all.


In the afternoon, Lama-la gave the initiation of Amitabha from the Sky Dharma of Mingyur Dorje and Karma Chagme.  It felt especially poignant that Lama should bestow this initiation at this time because, as well as several sangha members losing their parents recently, we have recently said goodbye to the Community’s oldest member - Jean Burgoyne -who died last month.  May all be reborn in Dewachen!

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Then on Sunday 13th there was an opportunity to meet the Lama in a more informal setting in the elegant surroundings of The Old Swan Hotel. Lama Jampa began by giving a brief and direct talk about overcoming negative situations and obstacles in our lives. This talk was recorded and can be found at soundcloud.com/lama-jampa-thaye . Following this there was a broad ranging question and answer session, some of which will be published at a later date.

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Over the course of the weekend Lama Jampa also found time to give private interviews to new and old sangha members from the Yorkshire area.


Lama Jampa's next teaching event will be at Sakya Sechen Ling in Stuttgart - visit www.dechen-sakya.de for details.

Lama Jampa teaches in Manchester

11667453_460527800791157_5702636285793973728_nOn 4 to 5 July Lama Jampa began teaching Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary (Clarifying the Thought of Rangjung) on the Nyingpo Tenpa. The weekend of teaching was hosted in Manchester by Kagyu Ling. This was the first session of this year’s Mikyo Dorje Shedra following the completion of the Namshe Yeshe in 2014. The Nyingpo Tenpa, the ‘Shastra Showing the Essence of the Tathagata’, was composed by the third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339), and stands alongside the same author’s Namshe Yeshe as one of the most influential texts in the Karma Kagyu intellectual tradition. It sets forth the existence of buddha nature within all sentient beings as the abiding truth of ultimate reality.

Clarifying the Thought of Rangjung was composed by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1811–1899) and is the most eminent commentarial exposition of the Nyingpo Tenpa. This commentary may be considered to have played a very important part in reviving the Zhentong Madhyamaka view and once more disseminating this view amongst the Karma Kagyu Tradition of Buddhism.

Lama Jampa is currently in the United States where he is giving teachings in Chicago and Santa Barbara, at the request of Bodhipath. He is also giving teachings in Santa Monica, hosted by Sakya Samten Ling.

Lama Jampa Thaye visits Bristol, 20 and 21 June

LJT-Bristol-June-2015-1 For this midsummer weekend, Lama Jampa visited Bristol to continue teaching Sakya Pandita's pithy and clear 'Reply to Nyimo Gomchen' and give the initiation of Green Tara, (Shakyashribhadra tradition), followed by a relaxed and insightful questions and answers session on Sunday morning.

This was Part 2 in the series of teachings on Sakya Pandita's text, with this section dealing with profound questions about the nature of mind and how authentic experience of the nature of reality can be achieved. Lama Jampa also reminded students about how helpful this text is for Buddhist students today, 800 years after it was composed. Through his responses to the meditator Nyimo Gomchen, Sakya Pandita addresses many of the mistaken ideas about Buddhist practice around in the early years of Buddhism in Tibet, which can also be seen today in the West.

In the afternoon, as well as giving Refuge to new practitioners, Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Green Tara from the lineage of Indian master Shakyasrhibhadra, one of Sakya Pandita's main teachers. Meditation on Green Tara is one of the most widely practised in Tibetan Buddhism. Known as 'she who is swift to liberate', this deity is the embodiment of the activity of all the buddhas and her initiation and meditation are especially effective means of awakening one’s capacity for enlightened compassion.


LJT-Bristol-June-2015-2 Sunday morning saw some more profound questions, this time in the setting of the Sakya Buddhist Centre shrine room. Students asked about topics ranging from the nature of emptiness to how to practise dharma in the context of work and family life. Around 50 people had the opportunity to hear Lama Jampa answer each with skill, clarity and compassion, with some laughter too at times.



The answers will be made available more widely online in the near future - follow Lama Jampa on Facebook to learn more. To keep up to date with Sakya Buddhist Centre events, you can also find us on Sakya Buddhist Centre Facebook.

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Lama Jampa Thaye's visit to Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart

Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart hosted Lama Jampa on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of June. Lama Jampa continued teaching the Seven Points of Mind Training, using the commentary composed by Thogme Zangpo. Lama Jampa emphasised that this teaching deals with the heart of the Mahayana; it shows us how to transform our negative, self-centred attitude into compassion for others and clear sighted wisdom. On the Sunday Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Chenrezik, who is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. Lama Jampa will return to Stuttgart in September.


Lama Jampa with Erich, the translator, and Gunnar, president of DBU (German Buddhist Union) who came to Stuttgart for the weekend with Lama Jampa.


Lama Jampa Thaye's visit to Yorkshire, 9 to 10 May

IM2A0414 copyLama Jampa recently visited Yorkshire to give a weekend of teachings hosted by Kagyu Dechen Dzong. In the morning of 9 May Lama Jampa taught the Eight Verses of Mind Training, a teaching on the essence of Mahayana composed by Geshe Langri Thangpa. This work is one of the most celebrated spiritual teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. It offers us a method of transforming adverse circumstances into positive aspects of the path of awakening compassion. Lama Jampa used the commentary composed by Geshe Chekawa. In the afternoon of 9 May Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Chenrezik. Chenrezik is revered in all traditions of Buddhism as the supreme embodiment of compassion. Lama Jampa gave the Initiation of Chenrezik from the Sky Dharma collection of Mingyur Dorje and also gave the transmission for the sadhana composed by Thangtong Gyalpo, which is performed regularly at Dechen centres.

On the Sunday morning, in the pleasant surroundings of The Old Swan Hotel, Lama Jampa fielded questions on the dharma from local sangha and newcomers to the dharma. Lama Jampa will be back in Harrogate this Autumn, when he will teach the Four Dharmas of Gampopa, a concise synopsis of the path of practice, and also bestow the Initiation of Amitabha.

Lama Jampa will shortly be travelling to Mexico to give teachings at the request of Sakya Dolma Ling.

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Lama Jampa teaches in London

IMG_20150328_155633On Saturday, 27 March Sakya Dechen Ling hosted a day of teachings by Lama Jampa in West London. In the morning Lama Jampa gave a detailed explanation of the Praise of the 12 Deeds of the Buddha. Lama Jampa emphasised the importance of learning about the life story of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, as a means to understanding our own potential for achieving Buddhahood. In the afternoon, Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Shakyamuni Buddha from the Bari Gyatsa, the famed collection complied by Bari Lotsawa. Lama Jampa will travel to Los Angeles later this week to commence his teaching tour of the West Coast of the USA. Lama Jampa will visit a number of Bodhipath Centres and Sakya Samten Ling in Los Angeles. Please click here for further information.

Lama Jampa receives teachings from HH Sakya Trizin

IMG_20150310_210352Lama Jampa  and Dechen Dolma have just returned to KIBI in New Delhi after spending two days at Dolma Phodrang in Rajpur with HH Sakya Trizin and family. During that time His Holiness bestowed the initiation of Chime Phakmai Nyingthig ( The Heart Essence of the Noble Lady of Immortality) at Lama Jampa's request. HE Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, Ven. Chiwang Rinpoche and over three hundred monks, nuns and lay people also attended this auspicious event.


Lama Jampa visits Kagyu Ling

On Saturday, 14 February Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) from the Longchen Nyingthig tradition in Manchester, hosted by Kagyu Ling. This was the first time Lama Jampa bestowed this initiation which he had received from the Nyingma lama, Chime Rikdzin Rinpoche, a master of the Dorje Drak line of 'treasures'. Lama Jampa also gave the reading transmission for the Guru Rinpoche practice, The Shower of Blessings, which is performed at Kagyu Ling and other Dechen centres and groups on the 10th day of the lunar month.

The Longchen Nyingthig (Innermost Essence of the Great Expanse) is a cycle of Nyingma teachings originating from the activity of the Indian masters Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra in Tibet in the 8th century. These teachings were later transmitted through the Tibetan masters Longchenpa and Jigme Lingpa. Other masters of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition include Patrul Rinpoche and, in the 20th century, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Lama Jampa spent the subsequent week at Kagyu Ling giving interviews to students. On the Thursday evening (also Tibetan New Year (Losar)), there was a special event for people who had been attending meditation classes at Kagyu Ling or who were new to the dharma: an evening with Lama Jampa. The event proved to be very popular and following a selection of light refreshments organised by sangha members, there was a buzz of anticipation as everyone looked forward to the talk by Lama Jampa. The shrine room was filled with people who had come in order to learn more about the dharma and how to practise the dharma. Lama Jampa gave a clear and concise explanation of how to recognise a true Buddhist practitioner according to the Buddhist view. This was followed by a detailed explanation of the Four Seals and the talk concluded with a brief introduction to some of the great Kagyu masters who have been so important in the transmission of the Karma Kagyu teachings practised at Kagyu Ling today. The evening ended with tea and a delicious array of cakes including a special cake to mark the 40th Anniversary of Kagyu Ling.


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Lama Jampa Thaye in Stuttgart

DSC03695DSC03687On 31 January, hosted by Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart, Lama Jampa taught the first two of the "Seven Points of Mind training" by Thokme Zangpo. The instructions of the Seven Point Mind-Training originated with the three great teachers of Lord Atisha:  Maitriyogin, who could actually take upon himself the sufferings of others; Guru Dharmarakshita, who realized the nature of emptiness by meditating on love and compassion and Serlingpa Guru Dharmakirti, who devoted his whole life to the practice of bodhichitta. The tradition of Dharmakirti also encompasses the teachings of Maitriyogin and Dharmarakshita. The great Kadam Master Thokme Zangpo (1297-1371), was born in Puljung, south west of the great Sakya Monastery, he is also the author of the "37 Practices of a Bodhisattva". On 1 February Lama Jampa gave the initiation of "White Tara" according to the tradition of Shakya Shri.

Lama Jampa will return to Stuttgart on 13 June, to teach the next part of the text and to bestow the initiation of "Sanjay Menla".