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.

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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.

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Sakya Buddhist Centre will be happy to welcome Lama Jampa Thaye to Bristol again in the autumn. LJT-Bristol-June-2015-3

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Lama Jampa Thaye teaches in London

SDL-Atisha-TeachingOn 10 November, hosted by Sakya Dechen Ling, Lama Jampa taught the second part of Atisha's 'Jewel Rosary of a Bodhisattva', which he began teaching earlier this year. Atisha's teaching is a succinct and pithy guide to practising the Mahayana path in every aspect of life and Lama Jampa praised the text as a valuable set of instructions for approaching daily life and spiritual practice.  In the afternoon, Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of  Saraswati. This initiation is from the Bodong lineage. One of the main female embodiments of wisdom, Saraswati is also associated with artistic accomplishments, in particular those of poetry.

Lama Jampa's next teaching will be in Manchester on the weekend of 29 to 30 November. Lama Jampa will teach the final part of 'The Lamp that Dispels Darkness’, Karma Thinley Rincpohe's detailed commentary on the Third Karmapa’s ‘Discriminating between Consciousness and Primordial Wisdom’. Please click here for further details.

Lama Jampa teaches at the Mikyo Dorje Shedra, Manchester

LJ (4)On 5 to 6 July, at the second session of this year’s Mikyo Dorje Shedra, Lama Jampa taught the third part of Karma Thinley Rinpoche’s commentary, The Lamp that Dispels Darkness, on the Third Karmapa’s text Discriminating between Consciousness and Primordial Wisdom (Tib: Namshe Yeshe) to a large gathering of students from the UK and other countries. Further to the teaching in February of this year, Lama Jampa concluded the section on the all-base consciousness (Skt: alaya; Tib: kunji) and began to teach the sections of the text relating to primordial wisdom, beginning with Karma Thinley Rinpoche's essay in defence of the Shentong view.

On the Sunday, Lama Jampa bestowed the bodhisattva vow from the lineage of Manjushri, giving a detailed overview of the different extent lineages of the bodhisattva vow.

During the teachings Lama Jampa reemphasised the importance of striving to unite our minds with Shamar Rinpoche's during this time. On the Saturday evening, the Amitabha tsok puja was again held at Kagyu Ling.

Lama Jampa will be travelling shortly to Sakya Changlochen Ling in France to prepare for the visit of His Holiness Sakya Trizin and Lama Jampa's summer teaching programme in Sakya Changlochen Ling.

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Lama Jampa in Mexico

IMG_0646 (1)After his visit to Los Angeles, Lama Jampa, together with Dechen Dolma, flew down to Mexico City, three hours away by air. It was his eighth visit to Saka Dolma Ling, Mexico's only Sakya Centre. Sakya Dolma Ling is located in the beautiful suburb of Coyoacan, where nearly five centuries ago the Spanish conquest of Mexico and its ancient culture was directed by Cortes.

Then Lama Jampa gave eight days of teaching. At the heart of the program was the teaching on Thokme Zangpo's Seven Points of Mind Training and the transmission of the Sakya system of Amitabha phowa.

Lama-la'a visit ended with a public lecture on "Buddhism in Modern Times"  at UNAM, the principal University of Mexico, and he left behind a sangha focused on new classes and preparing for next year's 10th anniversary celebration.

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Lama Jampa Thaye teaches in Yorkshire

Camera Upload - 03.14 122On Saturday, March 1st, the Yorkshire sangha were fortunate to host Lama Jampa on his Spring visit to the Yorkshire Region. Harrogate Grammar School again proved a spacious and welcoming venue for this event. Lama Jampa continued to teach from One Hundred Pieces of Advice to the People of Dingri, giving extensive explanations of both meditation and the correct view.  The morning’s teachings contained advice which was directly relevant both to individuals new to dharma practice and to more established practitioners.

Lama Jampa also performed the Refuge ceremony for several new members of the Yorkshire sangha and in the afternoon, bestowed the Initiation of Manjusri Lion’s Roar.

Lama Jampa will complete the transmission of Dampa Sanjay’s text on his next visit to Yorkshire this Autumn. Meanwhile, a study group will commence on the ‘Hundred Pieces of Advice’ at the Harrogate Centre, from 9.30 every Saturday morning, followed by a session of tranquility meditation at 11am.

Lama Jampa teaches in Bristol

This weekend Lama Jampa visited the Sakya Buddhist Centre Bristol to teach ‘The Aspiration Prayer of Maitreya’ and gave the initiation of Maitreya from the lineage of Bari Lotsawa. He began the day by talking about the role and meaning of aspiration prayers (Tib: monlam) for dharma practitioners, explaining that through their recitation one develops the intention to achieve bountiful results. He stated that as the whole force of any action depends upon the intention with which we do it, so through monlam prayers one can achieve the state that one aspires towards.

At the end of the day he remarked upon the Sakya view of the importance of practising the teachings of all three vehicles so that the hinayana and ordinary mahayana should act as a strong foundation for one’s practice of the vajrayana.

Lama Jampa closed by encouraging everyone to keep alive the great teachings that one receives through diligent practice.

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Lama Jampa teaching schedule confirmed for KIBI

Lama Jampa's teaching schedule at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) has been confirmed. Lama Jampa will give teachings on Mahmudra in the evenings from 17 to 21 March 2014.
 
During this time His Holiness Karmapa will also give the initiations of Manjushri and Amitayus and give teachings on Shantideva's Bodhisattvacharyavatara. Khenpo Tsering and Professor Sempa Dorje will also give a number of teachings.

Lama Jampa Thaye teaches in London

On Saturday, 9 November Lama Jampa Thaye taught the final part of the famous commentary by the Sakya and Kadampa master, Gyaltse Thogme Zangpo, on the Seven Points of Mind Training. Lama Jampa also bestowed the Initiation of Manjuvajra. These teachings were hosted in London by Sakya Dechen Ling.
 
Lama Jampa will travel to Manchester on 30 November to teach the first part of 'Discriminating Between Consciousness and Primordial Wisdom'  by Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and its accompanying commentary, 'The Lamp that Dispels Darkness', by Karma Thinley Rinpoche, as well as to bestow the Initiation of Amitabha.
 
 

Lama Jampa Thaye teaches in Santa Monica, California

On Friday, 25 October Lama Jampa Thaye arrived in California to bestow a number of teachings.

Lama Jampa's teaching programme commenced on Sunday, 27 October when, hosted by Yeshe Nyingpo, Lama Jampa taught the chapter on Bodhichitta from The Rain of Clarity. 

The next Tuesday evening Lama Jampa gave his first public talk in Santa Monica, hosted by Sakya Samten Ling, titled “Buddhism in Modern Times”. Many people came to hear the dharma for the first time and had an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Lama Jampa at the end of the evening. 

The following Saturday, 2 October in Santa Monica, hosted by Sakya Samten Ling, Lama Jampa taught the first half of The Seven Points of Mind Training by Geshe Chekawa, together with the commentary by Gyalse Thogme Zangpo. Lama Jampa will teach the  second half of the Seven Points of Mind Training on 21 December in Santa Monica.

On Sunday, 3 November Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Gonkar from the Shangpa Kagyu lineage, which he received from Phende Rinpoche. Lama Jampa also gave the reading transmissions for the sadhana of Gonkar and the sahdhana of Tangtong Gyalpo Chenrezik. 

Lama Jampa’s next teaching is in London, England where, hosted by Sakya Dechen Ling, he will continue teaching The Seven Points of Mind Training by Geshe Chekawa, together with the commentary by Gyalse Thogme Zangpo, and give the initiation of Manjuvjra.




20 Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow in Bristol



On Saturday 12th October Lama Jampa Thaye returned to Bristol to give the final instalment of Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen’s commentary on Chandragomin’s ‘The Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow’.

People travelled from all over the UK and from as far afield as Holland and Portugal to receive this detailed explanation of the fundamental aspects of the mahayana buddhist path.

Concluding the morning session Lama Jampa reminded everyone that to hear the teachings is only the first stage in a process: that this must be followed by detailed study and contemplation in order that we come to understand the full meaning of the teachings so that we may embody them in our lives.

In the afternoon Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Yellow Dzambhala, the wealth deity most commonly practised within Dechen.  He also gave the reading transmission for the practice.

Finally Lama Jampa reminded us that whilst our endeavours to practise and serve the dharma may be small, as our efforts are aligned with the aspirations and activities of great bodhisattvas such as His Holiness Sakya Trizin, we can be confident that nothing is wasted and great things will eventually result.





Lama Jampa’s next teaching will be in London on the 9th November when he will continue to teach Gyaltse Thogme Zangpo's commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training and bestow the Initiation of Manjuvajra. For details click here.

Lama Jampa Thaye teaches in Stuttgart



Lama Jampa Thaye visited Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart on the weekend of 29 to 30 September. During this time he taught  the fifth part of Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend with Karma Thinley Rinpoche's commentary The Telescope of Wisdom. Lama Jampa also bestowed  the initiation of White Mahakala. 

Lama Jampa will return to Stuttgart in February 2014 when he will complete the Letter to a Friend and bestow the initiation of Green Tara. 

Lama Jampa Thaye teaching in Harrogate


On Saturday, 21 September, Lama Jampa Thaye made his autumn visit to Yorkshire in order to bestow the initiation of Sangdu Vajrasattva from the Guhyasamaja tradition and to continue his explanation of Dampa Sanjay’s ‘Hundred Pieces of Advice to the People of Tingri’. 

The initiation was given to sangha from all over the country and the textual teachings were open to the general public.  After the initiation, Lama Jampa explained that the initiation had been given particularly to benefit those practitioners who would need it to support their ngondro (vajrayana preliminary practices).

The visit was particularly auspicious as it closely followed the purchase of the new centre for Kagyu Dechen Dzong in central Harrogate which Lama Jampa blessed on Saturday afternoon. 



His Holiness Sakya Trizin teaches in Los Angeles

His Holiness Sakya Trizin concluded his summer tour of North America with two days of teaching in Los Angeles. The events were hosted by Tsechen Chokhor Ling in Arcadia, East Los Angeles and many members of the Sakya Samten Ling sangha from West Los Angeles were able to attend.



On the evening of Friday August 2 His Holiness gave a public talk entitled, 'The Nature of Mind' and on the Saturday he bestowed the initiation and sadhana instruction of White Tara of the Six Light Rays.   This was a wonderful opportunity to hear teachings from one of the greatest Buddhist masters alive today and both events were very well attended.

His Holiness, Gyalyum Kushog-la and entourage departed for Singapore on Sunday afternoon where they will stay for one week before returning to Rajpur where the annual Vajrakilaya puja will begin on August 17.