On Saturday, 10 May His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and his attendant, Lama Ngawang Tengay, arrived in London. In the evening of 10 May His Eminence gave the initiation of Vajrapani, Hayagriva and Garuda. This combined initiation of these three deities of power is very effective in dispelling obstacles to dharma practice. It originates with the great 14th century Nyingma master Drubchen Laykyi Dorje and has subsequently been preserved in a number of lines of transmission. This well attended event saw people from the UK and Europe in attendance. Lama Jampa Thaye made the traditional offering of the Mandal Tensum to His Eminence during the initiation. The morning of 12 May saw His Eminence visit and bless the Tibetan Peace Garden in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park in London at the invitation of the Tibet Foundation. The Peace Garden was opened on behalf of Tibet Foundation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in May 1999 and subsequently blessed by His Holiness Sakya Trizin. Lama Jampa Thaye and Dechen Dolma were also in attendance at the blessing.
In the evening of 12 May His Eminence taught Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen's 'Short Melody of the Eight Dream-Like Experiences'. His Eminence gave an extensive explanation of this brief text covering the causal links from the development of a calm and stable mind through to the achievement of happiness for ourselves and others. The teaching began with emphasising the need to first develop a calm and stable mind through daily meditation practice, and went on to show how such practice would be strengthened and brought to fruition by further contemplation and analysis of the nature of one's experience. His Eminence concluded the teaching by leading the audience in a short session of calm-abiding (shamatha) meditation.
His Eminence departed for Bournemouth in the morning of 13 May to visit the Sakya Centre in Bournemouth, Sakya Thubten Ling. His Eminence will travel to Bristol on Friday, 16 May and will bestow the initiation of Chakramsamvara from the tradition of Lohipa on 17 and 18 May.