On Saturday, 13th September, Lama Jampa Thaye visited Harrogate in Yorkshire to teach the final verses of the text ‘A Hundred Pieces of Advice to the People of Thingri’ by Dampa Sanjay and to bestow the initiation of Sanjay Menla (Medicine Buddha). In the morning session Lama Jampa highlighted Dampa Sanjay’s focus on the fundamental teachings of the dharma. Lama Jampa emphasised the importance of understanding what the Lama is, and how he or she can help us, and the necessity to grasp precious human birth in both hands, while practising in a fully adult way. Lama Jampa carefully delineated the relationships between morality, the use of antidotes from the Mahayana tradition and the ultimate teachings on the true nature of mind. In conclusion, Lama Jampa remarked that he had first received Dampa Sanjay's text from Karma Thinley Rinpoche twenty-five years ago and that it was in fact one of Rinpoche’s favourite texts.
In the afternoon Lama Jampa bestowed the Medicine Buddha initiation and gave refuge to several new members of the sangha.
The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped both before and during the event and look forward to Lama Jampa's next visit to Yorkshire in the Spring.