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Summer Course at our Retreat Centre in France

  • Sakya Changlochen Ling Le Bugue, Dordogne France (map)

Week One

This year the first week of the Summer Course at Sakya Changlochen Ling will be divided  into three parts:

Sonam Tsemo’s ‘General Presentation of the Tantra Sets’ Part 3

13th – 15th August

For the first three days of the first week Lama Jampa Thaye will be teaching the third and final part of Sonam Tsemo’s ‘General Presentation of theTantra Sets’ one of the most important Sakya teachings about Vajrayana.  Composed by the second of the five great Sakya Masters, Sonam Tsemo, this work is an extensive explanation of the nature and characteristics of the different categories of tantra as well as of the relationship between the tantras and the sutras. As such it is an encyclopaedic resource for the study of the tantric system. The text constitutes one of the major works studied in the Sakya shedra (college of studies) within the Dechen Community.

Initiation of Sakya Pandita

16th August

Lama Jampa will bestow the initiation of Sakya Pandita on Wednesday 16th August.

‘Nectar of the Fortunate’

17th & 18th August

And for the final part of the first week on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August, Lama Jampa will teach the ‘Nectar of the Fortunate’.  This text by the great Ngawang Legpa teaches us how to meditate on  the profound view known as ‘the inseparability of samsara and nirvana’, the indispensable basis for Vajrayana.

Week Two

Retreat on White Tara of the Wish-Fulfilling Wheel

Sunday 20th to Friday 25th August

This is a great opportunity to receive the extraordinary teachings of the Wishfulfilling Wheel of White Tara, transmitted in the Tsarpa branch of the Sakya tradition. This system of practice is the principal vajrayana means of achieving longevity.  The course will begin with the initiation of White Tara from the lineage of Vagishvakirti. After this, Lama Jampa will teach Ngawang Legdrup’s ‘Bestowing the Coolness of Longevity, the Oral Instructions of the Blissful Lord’.  This text contains the tri (commentarial explanation) of the esoteric methods of accomplishing the Wishfulfilling-Wheel of White Tara. There will then be a short practice retreat for the remainder of the week, giving participants the time to familiarise themselves with the sadhana (practice) itself.

In order to attend the retreat you must have taken refuge. This will be possible by prior arrangement before the initiation on the first day. Please make your request by email to or to the organisers at the course.

Two weeks: £210  (Earlybird rate*: £190)
One week: £160   (Earlybird rate*: £145)

* Earlybird rate available only until 30th June 2017

Concessions. A concessionary rate (20% discount) is available for OAP’s, students, unwaged and low-waged.
Please email to apply for a concessionary coupon code which can be used on the booking form below.


If you prefer not to pay online, you can send a cheque payable to ‘Thinley Rinchen Ling Trust’ to:  Bookings, Sakya Centre Bristol, 121 Sommerville Road, Bristol, BS6 5BX.

Camping at Changlochen
Camping places are limited so please apply early by emailing
A tent with one adult: £45 per week
A tent with two adults: £90 per week
All extra days are charged on a pro-rata weekly basis
No charge for children.

Dechen Diner & Dechen Cafe
Lunches will be available each day as last year.
As always Dechen Cafe will be open between sessions.

Later Event: September 9
Initiation of Milarepa