Lama Jampa's visit to Yorkshire, September 2015

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Lama Jampa's second visit to Yorkshire this year was a joyful mixture of formal and informal teachings. On Saturday he taught at St Aidan’s C of E High School, where their new Sixth Form concert hall made a beautiful setting for the occasion.  Lama Jampa discussed the special contribution of Gampopa to the nascent Kagyu tradition, combining as he did his Kadam ‘graduated path’ inheritance with the Mahamudra transmission of his great yogic teacher, Jetsun Milarepa.  Lama Jampa then taught the first two instructions of 'The Four Dharmas of Gampopa', focussing on the Four Thoughts which turn the Mind to Dharma and the development of the Mahayana attitude. This teaching was open to all.

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In the afternoon, Lama-la gave the initiation of Amitabha from the Sky Dharma of Mingyur Dorje and Karma Chagme.  It felt especially poignant that Lama should bestow this initiation at this time because, as well as several sangha members losing their parents recently, we have recently said goodbye to the Community’s oldest member - Jean Burgoyne -who died last month.  May all be reborn in Dewachen!

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Then on Sunday 13th there was an opportunity to meet the Lama in a more informal setting in the elegant surroundings of The Old Swan Hotel. Lama Jampa began by giving a brief and direct talk about overcoming negative situations and obstacles in our lives. This talk was recorded and can be found at soundcloud.com/lama-jampa-thaye . Following this there was a broad ranging question and answer session, some of which will be published at a later date.

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Over the course of the weekend Lama Jampa also found time to give private interviews to new and old sangha members from the Yorkshire area.

 

Lama Jampa's next teaching event will be at Sakya Sechen Ling in Stuttgart - visit www.dechen-sakya.de for details.

Lama Jampa teaches in Manchester

11667453_460527800791157_5702636285793973728_nOn 4 to 5 July Lama Jampa began teaching Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary (Clarifying the Thought of Rangjung) on the Nyingpo Tenpa. The weekend of teaching was hosted in Manchester by Kagyu Ling. This was the first session of this year’s Mikyo Dorje Shedra following the completion of the Namshe Yeshe in 2014. The Nyingpo Tenpa, the ‘Shastra Showing the Essence of the Tathagata’, was composed by the third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339), and stands alongside the same author’s Namshe Yeshe as one of the most influential texts in the Karma Kagyu intellectual tradition. It sets forth the existence of buddha nature within all sentient beings as the abiding truth of ultimate reality.

Clarifying the Thought of Rangjung was composed by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1811–1899) and is the most eminent commentarial exposition of the Nyingpo Tenpa. This commentary may be considered to have played a very important part in reviving the Zhentong Madhyamaka view and once more disseminating this view amongst the Karma Kagyu Tradition of Buddhism.

Lama Jampa is currently in the United States where he is giving teachings in Chicago and Santa Barbara, at the request of Bodhipath. He is also giving teachings in Santa Monica, hosted by Sakya Samten Ling.

Lama Jampa Thaye's visit to Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart

Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart hosted Lama Jampa on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of June. Lama Jampa continued teaching the Seven Points of Mind Training, using the commentary composed by Thogme Zangpo. Lama Jampa emphasised that this teaching deals with the heart of the Mahayana; it shows us how to transform our negative, self-centred attitude into compassion for others and clear sighted wisdom. On the Sunday Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Chenrezik, who is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. Lama Jampa will return to Stuttgart in September.

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Lama Jampa with Erich, the translator, and Gunnar, president of DBU (German Buddhist Union) who came to Stuttgart for the weekend with Lama Jampa.

 

Lama Jampa Thaye's visit to Yorkshire, 9 to 10 May

IM2A0414 copyLama Jampa recently visited Yorkshire to give a weekend of teachings hosted by Kagyu Dechen Dzong. In the morning of 9 May Lama Jampa taught the Eight Verses of Mind Training, a teaching on the essence of Mahayana composed by Geshe Langri Thangpa. This work is one of the most celebrated spiritual teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. It offers us a method of transforming adverse circumstances into positive aspects of the path of awakening compassion. Lama Jampa used the commentary composed by Geshe Chekawa. In the afternoon of 9 May Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Chenrezik. Chenrezik is revered in all traditions of Buddhism as the supreme embodiment of compassion. Lama Jampa gave the Initiation of Chenrezik from the Sky Dharma collection of Mingyur Dorje and also gave the transmission for the sadhana composed by Thangtong Gyalpo, which is performed regularly at Dechen centres.

On the Sunday morning, in the pleasant surroundings of The Old Swan Hotel, Lama Jampa fielded questions on the dharma from local sangha and newcomers to the dharma. Lama Jampa will be back in Harrogate this Autumn, when he will teach the Four Dharmas of Gampopa, a concise synopsis of the path of practice, and also bestow the Initiation of Amitabha.

Lama Jampa will shortly be travelling to Mexico to give teachings at the request of Sakya Dolma Ling.

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Lama Jampa teaches in London

IMG_20150328_155633On Saturday, 27 March Sakya Dechen Ling hosted a day of teachings by Lama Jampa in West London. In the morning Lama Jampa gave a detailed explanation of the Praise of the 12 Deeds of the Buddha. Lama Jampa emphasised the importance of learning about the life story of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, as a means to understanding our own potential for achieving Buddhahood. In the afternoon, Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Shakyamuni Buddha from the Bari Gyatsa, the famed collection complied by Bari Lotsawa. Lama Jampa will travel to Los Angeles later this week to commence his teaching tour of the West Coast of the USA. Lama Jampa will visit a number of Bodhipath Centres and Sakya Samten Ling in Los Angeles. Please click here for further information.

Lama Jampa receives teachings from HH Sakya Trizin

IMG_20150310_210352Lama Jampa  and Dechen Dolma have just returned to KIBI in New Delhi after spending two days at Dolma Phodrang in Rajpur with HH Sakya Trizin and family. During that time His Holiness bestowed the initiation of Chime Phakmai Nyingthig ( The Heart Essence of the Noble Lady of Immortality) at Lama Jampa's request. HE Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, Ven. Chiwang Rinpoche and over three hundred monks, nuns and lay people also attended this auspicious event.

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Lama Jampa visits Kagyu Ling

On Saturday, 14 February Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) from the Longchen Nyingthig tradition in Manchester, hosted by Kagyu Ling. This was the first time Lama Jampa bestowed this initiation which he had received from the Nyingma lama, Chime Rikdzin Rinpoche, a master of the Dorje Drak line of 'treasures'. Lama Jampa also gave the reading transmission for the Guru Rinpoche practice, The Shower of Blessings, which is performed at Kagyu Ling and other Dechen centres and groups on the 10th day of the lunar month.

The Longchen Nyingthig (Innermost Essence of the Great Expanse) is a cycle of Nyingma teachings originating from the activity of the Indian masters Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra in Tibet in the 8th century. These teachings were later transmitted through the Tibetan masters Longchenpa and Jigme Lingpa. Other masters of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition include Patrul Rinpoche and, in the 20th century, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Lama Jampa spent the subsequent week at Kagyu Ling giving interviews to students. On the Thursday evening (also Tibetan New Year (Losar)), there was a special event for people who had been attending meditation classes at Kagyu Ling or who were new to the dharma: an evening with Lama Jampa. The event proved to be very popular and following a selection of light refreshments organised by sangha members, there was a buzz of anticipation as everyone looked forward to the talk by Lama Jampa. The shrine room was filled with people who had come in order to learn more about the dharma and how to practise the dharma. Lama Jampa gave a clear and concise explanation of how to recognise a true Buddhist practitioner according to the Buddhist view. This was followed by a detailed explanation of the Four Seals and the talk concluded with a brief introduction to some of the great Kagyu masters who have been so important in the transmission of the Karma Kagyu teachings practised at Kagyu Ling today. The evening ended with tea and a delicious array of cakes including a special cake to mark the 40th Anniversary of Kagyu Ling.

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Lama Jampa Thaye in Stuttgart

DSC03695DSC03687On 31 January, hosted by Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart, Lama Jampa taught the first two of the "Seven Points of Mind training" by Thokme Zangpo. The instructions of the Seven Point Mind-Training originated with the three great teachers of Lord Atisha:  Maitriyogin, who could actually take upon himself the sufferings of others; Guru Dharmarakshita, who realized the nature of emptiness by meditating on love and compassion and Serlingpa Guru Dharmakirti, who devoted his whole life to the practice of bodhichitta. The tradition of Dharmakirti also encompasses the teachings of Maitriyogin and Dharmarakshita. The great Kadam Master Thokme Zangpo (1297-1371), was born in Puljung, south west of the great Sakya Monastery, he is also the author of the "37 Practices of a Bodhisattva". On 1 February Lama Jampa gave the initiation of "White Tara" according to the tradition of Shakya Shri.

Lama Jampa will return to Stuttgart on 13 June, to teach the next part of the text and to bestow the initiation of "Sanjay Menla".

News round-up

Please click here to view His Holiness Sakya Trizin's new year message. The details of Lama Jampa's 2015 teaching tour of Bodhipath Centres in North America have been confirmed. Please click here for further information.

Lama Jampa's article on loving our families fully while upholding the Buddha's teaching on non-attachment has been included in Tricycle's "Top 14 of 2014". Please click here for details.

Lama Jampa in Los Angeles

10863985_676400615838995_6443762374388597386_oLama Jampa is currently in Los Angeles where he has been giving teachings to the Sakya Samten Ling sangha. Lama Jampa travelled to Los Angeles with Dechen Dolma following their visit to Japan to attend the 6th World Buddhist Summit where Lama Jampa attended as representative of the UK. A video of the Summit can be found here. In Los Angeles, during the the morning on 20 December, Lama Jampa taught Sakya Pandita's Reply to Nyimo Gomchen. This text consists of a series of questions, put to Sakya Pandita, concerning the essence of dharma and the stages of practice. In his responses, Sakya Pandita clearly defines the dharma and describes its fundamental constituents. He removes confusion about the lama and emptiness and points out the need to balance study with meditation.

In the afternoon, Lama Jampa bestowed the Initiation of Green Tara from the lineage of Atisha. Meditation on Green Tara is one of the most widely practised in Tibetan Buddhism. The goddess herself is the embodiment of the liberating activity of all the buddhas. As such her initiation and meditation are especially effective means of awakening one’s innate capacity for enlightened compassion.

Lama Jampa will return to the UK on 27 December and will be travelling to Kagyu Ling, Manchester in the new year.

Lama Jampa Thaye teaches in Manchester

Lama Jampa (3)The final Mikyo Dorje Shedra of 2014 took place in Manchester during the weekend of 29-30 November. Hosted by Kagyu Ling, Lama Jampa completed the transmission of the Namshe Yeshe by the third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, one of the core texts of the Kagyu Tradition. From the brilliantly clear commentary by Karma Thinley Rinpoche, Lama Jampa explained how mind is the basis for both samsara and nirvana. Having bestowed this great, profound work on the nature of mind, Lama Jampa reminded everyone of the importance of study in order to really benefit from its wisdom. The Shedra concluded with the initiation of Manjushri Lion’s Speech from the lineage of the 9th Karmapa. Lama Jampa will return to Manchester in February when he will bestow the initiation of Padmasambhava from the Longchen Nyingthig tradition.

Lama Jampa will shortly be travelling to Japan to attend the World Buddhist Summit with Dechen Dolma.