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.

Opening of the Institute at Dhakpo Kagyu Ling


The new Institute at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling

Lama Jampa Thaye and Dechen Dolma, accompanied by David Armstrong, have just spent four days at the opening of the Institute at Dhakpo Kagyu Ling in France where Lama Jampa was invited as a guest of honour.

Inauguration of the Institute 13th June 2013

The new Institute, which is the culmination of twenty years of work by Jigme Rinpoche and the sangha, fulfils one of the specific wishes of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa. The opening ceremony was performed by Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche in the presence of various civic and religious dignitaries.

Consecration of the Institute by Kuzik Shamar Rinpoche
Group photo after the consecration
The Institute's library

Over the following days Shamar Rinpoche gave teachings on Mahamudra and bestowed the major initiation of Gyalwa Gyamtso. Lama Jampa spent private time with Shamar Rinpoche during which they discussed old times, modern times and future times.

Sharmar Rinpoche giving teachings on Mahamudra
The initiation of Gyalwa Gyamtso


Lama Jampa will return to teach at Dhakpo Kagyu Ling on the Madhyamaka from August 10-12 shortly before the annual summer teachings begin at Sakya Changlochen Ling.

Au revoire!
Lama Jampa with Jigme Rinpoche in the garden at Dhagpo
Lama Jampa & Dechen Dolma with Lama Jean-Guy president of Dhagpo

Lama Jampa Teaches in Bristol UK

On Saturday 11th May Lama Jampa Thaye gave teachings in Bristol, England. In the morning he continued teaching Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen’s commentary on Chandragomin’s ‘The Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow’. The text continued its detailed presentation of the bodhisattva path, looking in particular at faults to be avoided in the practice of the six perfections. The final part of the text will be taught in Bristol on Saturday October 12th 2013.

In the afternoon Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Sakyamuni Buddha and the Sixteen Sthaviras from the lineage of Atisha. At the end of the initiation he gave the reading transmission (‘lung’) for the puja commonly called ‘The Sixteen Arhats’ which is done at Dechen Centres on each of the four holy Buddha days of the year. The full title of the puja is ‘The Liturgy of the Concise Puja of Prostrations to the Sthaviras together with Offerings’ and was composed by Shakyashri. The next Buddha Day is Saga Dawa Duchen on Saturday 25th May. This is the most important of the four, being a celebration of the three events of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. Please check your local centre calendar for details.

At the conclusion of the day's teachings Lama Jampa gave the reading transmission (Tib. lung) for the collection of spiritual songs by Bongsar Jamyang Tenphel which has just been published by Ganesha Press and is called "Ladder of Enlightenment".
Lama Jampa’s next teachings will be in London on the 8th June when he will teach Gyaltse Thogme Zangpo's commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training Part 1 and bestow the Initiation of Gonkar.

Lama Jampa Teaches in Bristol UK

On Saturday 11th May Lama Jampa Thaye gave teachings in Bristol, England. In the morning he continued teaching Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen’s commentary on Chandragomin’s ‘The Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow’. The text continued its detailed presentation of the bodhisattva path, looking in particular at faults to be avoided in the practice of the six perfections. The final part of the text will be taught in Bristol on Saturday October 12th 2013.

In the afternoon Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Sakyamuni Buddha and the Sixteen Sthaviras from the lineage of Atisha. At the end of the initiation he gave the reading transmission (‘lung’) for the puja commonly called ‘The Sixteen Arhats’ which is done at Dechen Centres on each of the four holy Buddha days of the year. The full title of the puja is ‘The Liturgy of the Concise Puja of Prostrations to the Sthaviras together with Offerings’ and was composed by Shakyashri. The next Buddha Day is Saga Dawa Duchen on Saturday 25th May. This is the most important of the four, being a celebration of the three events of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. Please check your local centre calendar for details.

At the conclusion of the day's teachings Lama Jampa gave the reading transmission (Tib. lung) for the collection of spiritual songs by Bongsar Jamyang Tenphel which has just been published by Ganesha Press and is called "Ladder of Enlightenment".

Lama Jampa’s next teachings will be in London on the 8th June when he will teach Gyaltse Thogme Zangpo's commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training Part 1 and bestow the Initiation of Gonkar.

Dharma news

His Holiness Sakya Trizin has commenced his brief teaching tour of Europe. His Holiness will visit a number of countries, including Switzerland and Spain, before departing on 4 April.

His Holiness Karmapa recently visited a hospital in Delhi. A full report of the visit can be found here.

A number of new videos have been posted on Lama Jampa's YouTube channel. Lama Jampa was asked various questions about Buddhism and its relevance to modern times and his responses are as clear and insightful as ever. You can currently view these new clips here.

A working party will be visiting Sakya Changlochen Ling next week to undertake various developments on the Centre in advance of this Summer's teaching programme. Click here for further information.

New YouTube videos

The first instalment of a new series of videos recorded in Los Angeles with Lama Jampa Thaye is now available on his YouTube channel. In this  instalment Lama Jampa answers questions on the following topics:
  • What is Buddhism?
  • How do we become a Buddhist?
  • How can we live a Buddhist life?
Please click here to view the videos.