The Vajrayana teachings are found in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. These special teachings were originally given by Lord Buddha in the tantras. They are powerful methods that help the Mahayana practitioner to develop the qualities of wisdom and compassion very swiftly.
The Significance of the Lama and the need for Initiation
It is not possible to practise Vajrayana without having received the appropriate teachings from a fully qualified Vajrayana master. These teachings include the initiation and reading transmission for the relevant practice.
Lama Jampa Thaye is fully qualified and authorised to give Vajrayana teachings and he bestows the necessary initiations and transmissions upon those of his students who wish to embark on the Vajrayana path.
Soon after Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels, it is customary for students to begin practising meditation on Chenrezik, the Bodhisattva of compassion. This meditation is practised alongside other foundational meditation practices, such as Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma, Loving Kindness and Compassion.
As is customary within the Tibetan traditions, Dechen centres hold regular group meditations on Chenrezik. Although it is necessary to have received the appropriate transmissions in order to participate fully in the practice, newcomers are very welcome to attend such group meditations.