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

Short Retreat at Changlochen




Sangha-members from Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart held the first small group retreat at Sakya Changlochen Ling between 19th and 23rd May. This was a Ngöndro retreat to enable German sangha members to practise prostrations and Vajrasattva. The retreat was possible now that the new building has become fully functional with 3 new bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a well-appointed kitchen. We were able to prepare our own delicious meals ranging from traditional Nepali food to French cuisine! It was very inspiring to be able to practice in the tranquil surroundings of Changlochen and we are looking forward with great enthusiasm to returning there for the summer course with Lama Jampa Thaye in August.



Update on activities of His Holiness Sakya Trizin

His Holiness Sakya Trizin is currently in Tsechen Kunchab Ling, up-state New York. He is spending four months there and will largely spend the time in retreat.


Lama Jampa Thaye visited last week and spent three days with His Holiness receiving some teachings.  

His Holiness will return to India in mid-August in time for the annual Vajrakilaya rituals to be held in Sakya Centre, Rajpur.


25-year anniversary celebration for Tegchen Legshey Ling, Nepal

25 years ago, on the 18th of May 1988, the ground-breaking ceremony was carried out to begin construction of Tegchen Legshey Ling, which is Karma Thinley Rinpoche’s monastic seat (Tib: gompa) located close to the great stupa of Jarung Kasyor in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal.

This year, on the 18th of May 2013, a celebration was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the beginnings of the monastery and to make wishes and prayers for its continuing activity and prosperity.

The day began with the monks and nuns of Tegchen Legshey Ling performing a special ‘tsang’ ritual, which is for removal of obstacles as well as for auspiciousness. This was accompanied by a long-life ‘tsedrup’ ritual and tsok from the terma cycle of Ratna Lingpa, carried out for the continuing good health and long life of Karma Thinley Rinpoche, and that all sentient beings might be free from the sufferings and obstacles brought about by poor health and short life. At the same time a large banner covered in many images of the long-life deity White Tara was attached across the front of the main building of the gompa, and a splendid Kagyupa flag erected on the roof.

These ceremonies were followed by a festive lunch, held at the grand old Yak & Yeti Hotel, one of the largest in Kathmandu. The lunch was attended by Karma Thinley Rinpoche himself, Tulku Khedrup Gyamtso, Zopa Tulku, Lama Kalsang Gyamtso and all the sangha together with many lay friends of the gompa.

The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rigpa’i Dorje, recognized Rinpoche as the 4th incarnation of Karma Thinley, and Rinpoche says it is through the Karmapa’s blessings that he has been able to carry out some Karmapa Dharma activity (Rinpoche’s name Karma Thinley means “Karmapa Dharma Activity”). Soon after arriving in India Rinpoche first established a gompa in Tilokpur, India, and later went on to establish Dharma centres in New Zealand, Canada and England. As well as Tegchen Legshey Ling in Nepal, Rinpoche has also built Tegchen Choskor Ling gompa in his home country of Nangchen, Kham.

Over the last 25 years, Tegchen Legshey Ling has been of great benefit to many diverse groups, including those people from Nangchen living either in Nepal, in India, still in Nangchen, and even those now spread throughout the world. Local Nepali Buddhists have also been able to make considerable use of the gompa, as have the sangha of the Dechen centres under the direction of Lama Jampa Thaye. Over the years the gompa has developed a good reputation, and receives many requests for prayers and rituals. Rinpoche’s uncle, the nobleman Namkai Dorje was able to shift to the gompa from India, and spent the last years of his life in residence here. He was a guiding influence at the gompa and also taught the sangha the special lineage he carried of the severance practice called ‘chod’ that he had received from his famous yogi uncle Jamyang Temphel. This ‘chod’ is practiced every afternoon at Tegchen Legshey Ling following the Kagyu Mahakala ritual.
Karma Thinley Rinpoche and all the sangha of Tegchen Legshey Ling would like to extend their gratitude to all those sponsors, donors and supporters who helped establish the gompa and who have been involved in helping to maintain and develop the gompa further. Creating and maintaining Tegchen Legshey Ling as a repository for the three jewels, and as a manifestation of Karma Thinley Rinpoche’s activities and wishes, is a great wonder and source of enormous merit, being such an important contribution to the continuance of living Buddhism in the world today.  With your continuing support and prayers for the continuing furtherance of Tegchen Legshey Ling, here in the holy land of Lord Buddha’s birth, Nepal, may the lives of our precious teachers remain stable; may the Holy Dharma be maintained and spread; and may the revered ordained sangha be upheld and supported.



Dharma news

Monday, 6 May was the birthday of His Holiness Karmapa. Sangha members around the world celebrated His Holiness's birthday by reciting the Karmapa Guru Yoga and long life prayers.
Members of the Sakya Samten Ling sangha in Los Angeles travelled to San Fransisco to receive the initiation of Vajrapana from His Holiness Sakya Trizin on 4 May. His Holiness is midway through His teaching tour of the North Americas.
Lama Jampa visited Kagyu Ling in Manchester over the bank holiday weekend of 4 to 6 May. A number of sangha members had interviews with Lama Jampa during this time. Kagyu Ling sangha members also undertook a 2-day group retreat on Chenrezik over 5 to 6 May.

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.

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.

Rimay Monlam 2013

Lama Jampa will again be attending the Rimay Monlam, a Tibetan Buddhist prayer gathering, from May 31 to June 3, 2013 at the Garrison Institute in up-state New York.  The Rimay Monlam is organized by Lama Surya Das and Tulku Sherdor and this will be its second year.

The event is inspired by the Monlams that have been held in India by the different Tibetan Buddhist traditions over the last 20 years.  His Holiness Sakya Trizin and His Holiness Karmapa recently attended the Sakya and Kagyu monlams respectively in India.
Members of the Dechen North American sangha will be attending this event.


Update from Nepal


Today, 21 October, a 3-day long-life ritual has begun in the temple of Tegchen Legshey Ling , which is Karma Thinley Rinpoche's monastery in Nepal. It is being conducted by four senior monks, led by the Sakya tulku Khedrup Gyamtso. One of the nuns is also in attendance acting as Cho-pon, shrine master.


The ritual is the extended ritual of the long-life Buddha called Amitayus (Tib: Tsepame) in special father-mother form, and in this case is being dedicated to the continuing good health and long life of Lama Jampa Thaye. The last day of the ritual coincides with Lama Jampa's birthday, and by auspicious coincidence the second day is also the eighth day of the Tibetan calendar, which is deemed most efficacious for all kinds of long-life practices.