Sakya Centre Bristol has recently been honoured by the visit of HE Ratna Vajra Rinpoche at the invitation of Lama Jampa Thaye. His Eminence arrived on the afternoon of Friday 16th May and was welcomed by Lama Jampa and the local sangha. Lama Jampa recalled Rinpoche’s first visit to the centre 36 years ago and reiterated the Centre’s close connection with the Dolma Phodrang, the head of which is His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, the father of His Eminence. Lama Jampa then offered the Mandal Tensum, and this was followed by a reception in honour of His Eminence.
Over the weekend of 17th and 18th May, His Eminence bestowed the major initiation of Chakrasamvara from the Vajra Mala tradition, the same tradition from which His Holiness Sakya Trizin gave the Kalachakra initiation in London in 2010. This empowerment is one of the most important of the Anuttara Tantra initiations, and the venue was filled to capacity with sangha from all over the UK, while others had travelled from Bulgaria and even Mexico in order to receive this precious teaching.
We were all extremely grateful for His Eminence’s great kindness in bestowing this powerful teaching and very sad when He and his attendant monk Ngawang Tengay took their leave on Monday morning. Sakya Centre Bristol looks forward to His Eminence’s next visit in the not too distant future.