The meditation system known as Lojong is renowned as one of the most effective methods of transforming mind. This presentation of the system by the mahasiddha Virupa (Tib: Birwapa) gets straight to the heart of difficult circumstances, unusually focusing on these at the very beginning. During the teaching, Lama Jampa explained how Lojong ensures our Mahayana practice is genuine, and how one doesn't need great scholarly learning to make use of it. As Lama Jampa pointed out, 'To practise Lojong you don't need anything else: just bring your disturbing emotions!'
In the afternoon, Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of White Manjushri, the embodiment of the natural wisdom of awakened mind. This practice is regularly bestowed by lamas of all traditions upon their students to aid their development of their innate qualities of liberated intelligence. This particular initiation is from the lineage of former buffalo herder, Mati Panchen, who, due to Manjushri's blessings, swiftly realised the whole of the dharma.
Lama Jampa concluded the day by reflecting on how fortunate we have been this year in receiving visits from both His Holiness Sakya Trizin who made his first visit to Sakya Changlochen Ling in France on the occasion of its 25th anniversary in July and His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche who visited our UK Centres in London and Bristol in May. Lama Jampa urged the sangha to build on these blessings and continue to develop the activities at our Centres.