106 Chepstow Road
We have a selection of beautiful framed Tibetan Buddhist prints and books for sale. Please feel free to come and browse. Our current opening hours are
Tuesday 12 noon to 3.30 pm
Wednesday 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Friday 12 noon to 3.30 pm
Saturday 10.30 to 2.00pm.
We also hold promotional events on Buddhist culture, art and books. See below for information on upcoming book launch and a video of a previous event at Dechen, Chepstow Road.
Fothcoming Event: Book Launch - Thursday 22nd. June at 7.00 pm
"Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times" by Lama Jampa Thaye
Lama Jampa Thaye’s new book considers the space for Buddhism in our culture – a space that has been opened up by the failure of our dominant systems of thought to provide an intelligent account of what it is to be human and how we should conduct ourselves in this world.
“At the heart of the Buddha’s teachings is the insight that suffering arises primarily from our mistaken ideas about ourselves and the nature of the world. As Buddha pointed out, suffering afflicts all beings and hence is undoubtedly present in all cultures. However, maybe our culture is unique in selling the promise of happiness so strongly but delivering only disappointment and bewilderment. According to Buddha, liberation from suffering is always possible, through the transformation of our error into understanding. Thus, despite its ancient origins, Buddhism would seem to be uniquely well-suited to the modern world.” – Wisdom in Exile, Introduction.
Wisdom in Exile examines how best the Buddha’s teachings might be understood and practised today – and argues that unless we discriminate between authentic and fake presentations and resist the temptation to assimilate it to contemporary ideologies, the opportunity for it to shape our lives will be lost and Buddhism itself is likely to remain in cultural memory as nothing more than a temporary fad.
“Wisdom in Exile proposes a fresh approach to Buddhism, one in which the fundamental tenets of the Buddha’s teachings are rediscovered.” (His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism).
Lama Jampa Thaye, author of Wisdom in Exile, will give an introduction to his new work, followed by a Q&A.
Please RSVP below (free of charge):
Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.
Book Launch: see a talk given by Lama Jampa Thaye at our recent book launch event for 'The Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism - A History' by Dhongthog Rinpoche, translated by Sam Van Schaik
Books and sadhanas published under Dechen's publishing arm, Ganesha Press, can also be purchased online here.
Classes on Buddhist Texts and Meditation
We hold regular classes at Dechen on Chepstow Road every Wednesday and Saturday which are open to all. No previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required.
'Discovering the causes of happiness' - Buddhist meditation and everyday practice
An experienced Buddhist practitioner will lead the discussion group, focusing on the short booklet 'Discovering the Causes of Happiness' by Lama Jampa Thaye (the booklet is available at our store).
SATURDAY 10.30am to 12.30pm
10.30am: Drop in meditation group. Anyone can join, just come! We run several short sessions of meditation, focusing on Discovering the Causes of Happiness.
11.30am: 'Rain of Clarity' Study Group - in depth look at Buddhist practice and philosophy in the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, focusing on Lama Jampa Thaye's authoritative book.
Suggested contribution: £3-5