Overview The importance of the Buddhist Teacher To progress on the Buddhist path it is essential to find a qualified Buddhist lama. Buddhist teachers or lamas are extensively accomplished in the advanced textual teachings and vajrayana meditation practices required to make progress on the spiritual path. For 2,500 years Buddhist masters have attained realization through receiving the teachings directly from qualified Buddhist teachers, clarifying their meaning and meditating on them. If we follow their example and practice diligently under the guidance of qualified teachers, then we can attain the same states of wisdom and compassion. Lama Jampa Thaye In Dechen our main teacher is Lama Jampa Thaye, a recognized scholar and meditation master of the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He received and practiced innumerable teachings from his lamas, including his principal teachers, His Holiness Sakya Trizin and Karma Thinley Rinpoche, who authorized him to teach all levels of Buddhism, including the highest teachings of the Vajrayana. As a westerner, Lama Jampa is uniquely placed to guide other westerners in the Buddhist systems of meditation and contemplation practiced by in the past by Tibetan and Indian masters.