The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon
Jun
22
to Jun 24

The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon

  • Bodhi Path Stavanger, Norway (map)
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Lama Jampa will give teachings on the Buddhist view of the ultimate nature of reality using this famous guide to the Great Madhyamaka composed by the nineteenth century master of the Rime movement, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.

‘Most people interested in Buddhism start with sitting meditation, which is the tool for achieving a settled and flexible mind. This, however, is just one side of Buddhist meditation. The other side is meditation on the view or how things really are. When the two of these are combined, we can radically transform our lives. Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon  provides us with essential methods for uncovering the reality of existence, the reality of our mind –which is naturally pure and endowed with the qualities of wisdom and compassion.’

For schedule and further details see the centre website: Bodhi Path Stavanger

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The Triple Vision and Initiation of Manjusri
Jun
30
to Jul 1

The Triple Vision and Initiation of Manjusri

Saturday 10.30am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 5pm

This important text by Konchok Lundrub is an explanation of the first part of Lamdre, the path and its fruit. Lama Jampa will continue with the teachings on impermanence and go on to those on precious human birth.

His Holiness 41st Sakya Trizin says of the text: 
"For those fortunate practitioners who want to achieve liberation, this text is like a staircase, an excellent medicine which eliminates the suffering of living beings, and a valuable object which surpasses even the wish-granting jewel."

Initiation of Manjusri*

Sunday 11am to 1pm

Manjushri is the supreme embodiment of wisdom in Buddhism. For this reason his meditation is undertaken by those who seek to develop a profound understanding of the teaching. This particular initiation is from the collection of Bari Lotsawa.

*Please note that in order to receive this initiation you must have made the formal commitment to the Buddhist Path through taking refuge. If you would like to take refuge before the event please contact the centre at sakya.stuttgart@gmail.com

For further information: sakyastuttgart

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Pointing a Finger at the Dharmakaya and Initiation of White Tara
Jul
7
to Jul 8

Pointing a Finger at the Dharmakaya and Initiation of White Tara

Pointing a Finger at the Dharmakaya by Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje

Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm Sunday 10.30am - 1.00pm

Lama Jampa will continue teachings on this Mahamudra practice text by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje.

The 9th Karmapa wrote three main works on Mahaumdra and this is the briefest of them. It nonetheless contains everything one needs to follow the path of Mahamudra: the ngondro, shamatha, vipassana.

See also: www.kagyubuddhism.org/about-kagyu-buddhism/buddhist-teachings

Initiation of White Tara*

Sunday 2.30pm - 4.30pm

In the afternoon Lama Jampa will bestow the initiation of White Tara. Tara is revered in all traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism as the embodiment of the liberating compassion of all buddhas. In the form of White Tara she is one of the three deities of longevity whose practice is renowned for bestowing the blessings of long life and thus increasing the opportunity for spiritual practice.

* Please note that in order to receive the initiation you must have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path through taking refuge. If you would like to do this beforehand please contact the centre by emailing manchester@dechen.org

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The Telescope of Faith and Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani
Jul
21
10:30 AM10:30

The Telescope of Faith and Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani

The Telescope of Faith by Karma Thinley Rinpoche

10:30am - 1:00pm

In this short work Karma Thinley Rinpoche, grand master of both the Sakya and Kagyu schools, examines the differences between our current understanding of the physical universe and that held at the time of the Buddha and depicted in the Buddha’s teachings. With reference to teachings from both sutras and tantras he shows how such differences are not atall contradictory to the aims of the dharma.

‘These days, because the teachings about Mount Meru and the distances of the sun and moon and so on found in the great Indian shastras such as Abhidharmakosha do not accord with science, young people lose faith in the Abhidharma and so on and have doubts. This is inappropriate. Even the great panditas and siddhas of India and Tibet who authored those teachings, while they composed dharma teachings and shastras in dependence only upon what they actually heard of the three baskets of the Buddha’s words, they certainly did not intend to completely contradict modern scientific views.'

Originally published on Karma Thinley Rinpoche's website, a translation by Dechen Foundation can be found at Dechen Foundation Books.

Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani

3:00 - 4:30pm

Vajrapani is one of the Lords of the Three Families and is revered in all traditions of vajrayana Buddhism as the embodiment of the power of all buddhas.

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Initiations of the Twenty One Taras and Practice Retreat
Aug
19
to Aug 31

Initiations of the Twenty One Taras and Practice Retreat

The Initiations of the Twenty One Taras from the Lineage of Atisha

Sunday 19th – Friday 31st August 2018

This year’s summer course in Sakya Changlochen Ling presents the rare opportunity to receive the full cycle of Tara initiations from the lineage of Atisha. Tara can be described as the enlightened mind appearing in a feminine form, guiding and protecting the beings who have been fortunate enough to be initiated in her practices. 

The Main Initiation of Green Tara

Sunday 19th August

The course will start with the main initiation of Green Tara, which will entitle whoever wishes to attend the course to receive the remaining 21 initiations. Each of them will allow us to receive the various pacifying, increasing, magnetising and wrathful energies of the different forms of Tara and apply those in our life if we decide to engage in their practices. However the benefits of just receiving the initiations are enormous. 

If you can’t come for the full two-week course you can attend as many days as you wish. However, attendance on the first day (August 19th) is necessary in order to receive any further initiations during the course. This will be the first time Lama Jampa gives this collection which is bestowed only rarely in the West. 

The initiations will be given daily at Sakya Changlochen Ling over the two weeks from Sunday 19th August to Friday 31st August (excepting Saturday 25th August). There will also be a daily afternoon practice of the Green Tara sadhana.

Full Details and Booking

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* Please note that in order to receive these initiations and take part in the retreat you must have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path through taking refuge. If you would like to do this beforehand please contact the centre by emailing bristol@dechen.org.

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The Precious Rosary of the Supreme Path by Gampopa
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

The Precious Rosary of the Supreme Path by Gampopa

The Precious Rosary of the Supreme Path by Gampopa

10.30am - 4.30pm  

The Precious Rosary of the Supreme Path by the great Kagyu master Gampopa, is a treasury of advice on practising genuine dharma. It unifies the two streams of spiritual instructions that descended from the early Kadam tradition and the Mahamudra lineage of Indian and Tibetan masters.

Gampopa himself declared that to receive this text and its companion work, The Jewel Ornament, would generate a blessing that was equal to that of meeting him face to face.

 

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The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon
Sep
14
to Sep 16

The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon

Lama Jampa will give teachings on the Buddhist view of the ultimate nature of reality using this famous guide to the Great Madhyamaka composed by the nineteenth century master of the Rime movement, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.

‘Most people interested in Buddhism start with sitting meditation, which is the tool for achieving a settled and flexible mind. This, however, is just one side of Buddhist meditation. The other side is meditation on the view or how things really are. When the two of these are combined, we can radically transform our lives. Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon  provides us with essential methods for uncovering the reality of existence, the reality of our mind –which is naturally pure and endowed with the qualities of wisdom and compassion.’

For schedule and further information visit the centre website at Bodhi Path Renchen Ulm

 

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The Eight Verses of Mind Training
Sep
19
to Sep 20

The Eight Verses of Mind Training

The system of meditation practice known as mind training (LOBJONG in Tibetan) is one of the most popular and widely-practised in Buddhism. Geshe Langri Thangpa’s work is one of the most celebrated spiritual teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. It offers us a method of transforming adverse circumstances into positive aspects of the path of awakening compassion.

For schedule and more information see the Bodhi Path Bregenz centre website

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Parting from the Four Attachments and Initiation of Chenrezik Mahamudra
Oct
6
10:30 AM10:30

Parting from the Four Attachments and Initiation of Chenrezik Mahamudra

Parting from the Four Attachments

10:30am - 1:00pm

Lama Jampa will give teachings on Parting from the Four Attachments using the commentary by Nubkyi Rigzin Drak. This teaching is an excellent introduction to the graduated path of meditation, accessible to both the beginner and the more experienced alike. A special feature of this text is the manner in which the system of Parting from the Four Attachments is interwoven with that of the Four Dharmas.

Initiation of Chenrezik Mahamudra

2:30 - 4:30pm

This initiation bestows the authority to meditate on Chenrezik, the embodiment of compassionate energy, and on mahamudra - the great seal - which is the true nature of mind. It is one of the most widespread meditation practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. This initiation is connected with the famous sadhana composed by the great Sakyapa master Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrup and practised at Dechen Sakya Centres. Through meditation upon Chenrezik we quickly develop compassion, and conjoined with Mahamudra we are also benefited by meditating directly on the nature of mind.

For further details visit the Sakya centre website.

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The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon
Oct
13
to Oct 14

The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon

  • Bodhi Path Natural Bridge (map)
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Lama Jampa will give teachings on the Buddhist view of the ultimate nature of reality using this famous guide to the Great Madhyamaka composed by the nineteenth century master of the Rime movement, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.

‘Most people interested in Buddhism start with sitting meditation, which is the tool for achieving a settled and flexible mind. This, however, is just one side of Buddhist meditation. The other side is meditation on the view or how things really are. When the two of these are combined, we can radically transform our lives. Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon  provides us with essential methods for uncovering the reality of existence, the reality of our mind –which is naturally pure and endowed with the qualities of wisdom and compassion.’

For further information and schedule see the centre's website

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The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Oct
20
to Oct 21

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

  • Bodhi Path Washington DC (map)
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The Four Dharmas of Gampopa is an explanation of Gampopa’s four-line teaching which provides an overview of the path of mixed sutra and tantra. It begins with contemplation of the four thoughts, progresses through the preliminary, development and completion practices of Vajrayana, and culminates in Mahamudra and Dzokchen, the supreme meditations of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

For schedule and further information see the centre's website

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The Eight Verses of Mind Training and Initiation of Manjusri Arapatsana
Nov
10
10:30 AM10:30

The Eight Verses of Mind Training and Initiation of Manjusri Arapatsana

The Eight Verses of Mind Training

10:30am - 1:00pm

The system of meditation practice known as mind training (LOJONG in Tibetan) is one of the most popular and widely-practised in Buddhism. Geshe Langri Thangpa’s work is one of the most celebrated spiritual teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. It offers us a method of transforming adverse circumstances into positive aspects of the path of awakening compassion.

Initiation of Manjusri Arapatsana

2:30 - 4:30pm

Manjushri is the supreme embodiment of wisdom in Buddhism. For this reason his meditation is undertaken by those who seek to develop a profound understanding of the teaching.

Please note that in order to receive this initiation on must have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path through Taking Refuge. If you would like to take refuge before the initiation please contact info@dechen.london.

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The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon
Nov
17
to Nov 18

The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon

  • Bodhi Path Prague, Czech Republic (map)
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Lama Jampa will give teachings on the Buddhist view of the ultimate nature of reality using this famous guide to the Great Madhyamaka composed by the nineteenth century master of the Rime movement, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.

‘Most people interested in Buddhism start with sitting meditation, which is the tool for achieving a settled and flexible mind. This, however, is just one side of Buddhist meditation. The other side is meditation on the view or how things really are. When the two of these are combined, we can radically transform our lives. Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon  provides us with essential methods for uncovering the reality of existence, the reality of our mind –which is naturally pure and endowed with the qualities of wisdom and compassion.’

For schedule and further information see local website

 

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The Mikyo Dorje Shedra - teachings TBA
Dec
1
to Dec 2

The Mikyo Dorje Shedra - teachings TBA

The College of Studies (shedra) introduces some of the key philosophical works of the Kagyu tradition. The shedra is named in honour of Mikyo Dorje, the 8th Karmapa (1507-54), a master of great scholarly and meditative accomplishment and composer of numerous authoritative works.

The curriculum of studies at the shedra consists of works composed by Indian and Tibetan masters, including Asanga, Nagarjuna, Gampopa, the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, and the 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje. Topics covered at Mikyo Dorje Shedra's include the Zhentong, Madhyamaka and Mahamudra systems of the graduated Mahayana Path.

This weekend's teachings TBA. 

For schedule and further information see the centre's website.

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The Four Limitless Meditations
Jun
9
to Jun 10

The Four Limitless Meditations

  • Karma Migyur Ling, France (map)
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The four immeasurables of unlimited love, compassion, joy and equanimity are at the heart of the development of Bodhicitta, the altruistic inner attitude that aspires to enlightenment in order to achieve the happiness of beings and their liberation from suffering.

Unlimited love is to cultivate a benevolent attitude towards all beings, to wish them access to temporary and ultimate happiness. Unlimited compassion wishes all beings to rid themselves of the causes of the suffering that binds them to this conditioned existence, to samsara, and prevents them from achieving liberating enlightenment. Unlimited joy soothes all jealousy, envy or competition with others by generating the attitude of rejoicing in the happiness of others. Unlimited equanimity develops an impartial attitude towards all beings, exceeding aversion for its enemies and attachment to its relatives.

Lama Jampa will explain how to practice the development of these qualities in a methodical way. In his latest book "Wisdom in Exile" (Ed. Rabsel 2017) he devotes an entire chapter to this subject where he details the close relationship between wisdom and compassion and qualifies them as "natural" because they are rooted in the true nature of our mind.

For schedule and bookings see the centre's website: Karma Migyur Ling

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Telescope of Faith and Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Telescope of Faith and Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani

Telescope of Faith: An expression of views on solar and lunar eclipses and so forth by Karma Thinley Rinpoche

10.30am to 1.00pm

Lama Jampa will continue his explanatory teachings on this important, contemporary work by Karma Thinley Rinpoche.

In this short work Karma Thinley Rinpoche, grand master of both the Sakya and Kagyu schools, examines the differences between our current understanding of the physical universe and that held at the time of the Buddha and depicted in the Buddha’s teachings. With reference to teachings from both sutras and tantras he shows how such differences are not atall contradictory to the aims of the dharma.

‘These days, because the teachings about Mount Meru and the distances of the sun and moon and so on found in the great Indian shastras such as Abhidharmakosha do not accord with science, young people lose faith in the Abhidharma and so on and have doubts. This is inappropriate. Even the great panditas and siddhas of India and Tibet who authored those teachings, while they composed dharma teachings and shastras in dependence only upon what they actually heard of the three baskets of the Buddha’s words, they certainly did not intend to completely contradict modern scientific views.'

Originally published on Karma Thinley Rinpoche's website, a translation by Dechen Foundation can be found at Dechen Foundation Books.

Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani*

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Vajrapani is one of the Lords of the Three Families and is revered in all traditions of vajrayana Buddhism as the embodiment of the power of all buddhas.

*Please note that in order to receive this initiation one must have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path by the act of Taking Refuge. If you would like to make this commitment prior to the initiation please contact the event organisers for further information.

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Initiation of White Dzambala Riding on a Dragon
May
20
11:00 AM11:00

Initiation of White Dzambala Riding on a Dragon

11:00am - 1:00pm

Lama Jampa will bestow the initiation of White Dzambala riding on a Dragon. Dzambala is one of the most important Vajrayana deities associated with the increase of prosperity and positive conditions for spiritual practice.

Please not that in order to attend this teaching one must have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path through taking refuge. If you would like to request to take refuge please contact the centre in advance.

For further information go to www.dechen.mx

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His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trizin to give teachings at Dechen Sakya Centre Mexico
May
15
to May 16

His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trizin to give teachings at Dechen Sakya Centre Mexico

His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trizin

Born in 1974, His Holiness is the eldest son of His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (the 41st Sakya Trizin). He is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of the traditions of Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Renowned for his erudition and the clarity of his teachings, His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Gongma Trizin belongs to the prestigious Khön family, whose successive generations have provided an unbroken lineage of outstanding masters.

Dechen Sakya Center Mexico, Sakya Dolma Ling

The Dechen Center Mexico was established by Lama Jampa Thaye in 2005, the first Dechen center in Mexico, and to which he gave the name Sakya Dolma Ling. Since then, Lama Jampa Jampa has visited the center each year to teach Mahayana Buddhism, as well as Vajrayana initiations to her students who live in Mexico City and other parts of the country.

His Holiness' Teachings at Sakya Dolma Ling

On 15 May His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trizin will be welcomed to Sakya Dolma Ling by Lama Jampa Thaye. Whilst there he will bless the centre and bestow the following teachings:

Garland of Jewels, a Mahayana teaching of Chogyal Phakpa

Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 May, 4:30-6:00pm:

Initiation of Saraswati

Tuesday, May 15, 7:30-9:00pm:

For further information visit the Dechen Mexico website

 

 

Wednesday, May 16, 7: 30-9: 00pm

Initiation of The Three Iranian Lords

Recovery cost: $ 1,250.00

PAYMENT FOR THE THREE EVENTS: $ 2,600.00

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His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trizin to give teachings at Dechen Sakya Center LA
May
11
3:00 PM15:00

His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trizin to give teachings at Dechen Sakya Center LA

His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trizin

Born in 1974, His Holiness is the eldest son of His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (the 41st Sakya Trizin). He is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of the traditions of Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Renowned for his erudition and the clarity of his teachings, His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Gongma Trizin belongs to the prestigious Khön family, whose successive generations have provided an unbroken lineage of outstanding masters.

Dechen Sakya Center LA

Sakya Buddhist Center  was established by Lama Jampa Thaye in 2010.  It was given the name Sakya Samten Ling, which means ‘The place of meditation of the Sakyas’. The Center transmits the authentic meditation and Buddhist teachings of the 900 year old Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Teachings at Sakya Center LA

On 11th May His Holiness 42nd Sakya Trizin will be welcomed to Sakya Buddhist Center by Lama Jampa Thaye. In the morning His Holiness will bless the centre and will then be hosted at a private lunch with Lama Jampa.

Last year His Holiness visited the Dechen Sakya Buddhist Centre in Bristol, one of the Dechen UK sister centres, where he gave a Medicine Buddha empowerment and a public talk. For this visit to Dechen LA His Holiness will give the the initiation of Guru Rinpoche and a public talk titled ‘Power of Buddhism’.

3.00pm     Initiation of Guru Rinpoche

7.00pm      Public Talk – Power of Buddhism 

To book and for further information please visit the centre website by clicking on the event title.

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The Precious Rosary of the Supreme Path by Gampopa
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

The Precious Rosary of the Supreme Path by Gampopa

The Precious Rosary of the Supreme Path by Gampopa

10:30am - 4:30pm  

The Precious Rosary of the Supreme Path by the great Kagyu master Gampopa, is a treasury of advice on practising genuine dharma. It unifies the two streams of spiritual instructions that descended from the early Kadam tradition and the Mahamudra lineage of Indian and Tibetan masters.

Gampopa himself declared that to receive this text and its companion work, The Jewel Ornament, would generate a blessing that was equal to that of meeting him face to face.

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A Place for Buddhism?
Apr
25
5:00 PM17:00

A Place for Buddhism?

  • Canterbury Christ Church University (map)
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5:00 - 6:30pm

Lama Jampa will speak at Christ Church University Canterbury. His talk is part of a joint seminar series of INCISE, NICER and LASAR. 

In his talk Lama Jampa will outline the central themes of his recent book, Wisdom in Exile: Buddhism and Modern Times (Ganesha Press, 2017). In the book he explores the space that exists for Buddhism in the contemporary world, a space that has opened up due to the failure of our dominant systems of thought. However, the book also discusses factors that could complicate the transmission of Buddhism to the West.

For more information and to book: www.canterbury.ac.uk

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The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon: A Guide to the Zhentong Madhyamaka View
Apr
14
to Apr 15

The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon: A Guide to the Zhentong Madhyamaka View

Saturday: 1 - 3pm and 4 - 6pm  

Sunday: 10am - 12pm and 2 - 4pm

Lama Jampa will give teachings on the Buddhist view of the ultimate nature of reality using this famous guide to the Great Madhyamaka composed by the nineteenth century master of the Rime movement, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.

Further details at Bodhi Path Calgary website

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Rain of Clarity: Entering Vajrayana
Apr
10
to Apr 12

Rain of Clarity: Entering Vajrayana

Lama Jampa will give teachings on Chapter Five of Rain of Clarity: Entering Vajrayana, beginning with its transmission, its relationship to the other vehicles of dharma and its special characteristics.

The book is a condensed guide to the entire Buddhist path based on the key Buddhist teachings of the Sakya school.  It is described by His Holiness Sakya Trizin as “a gateway into Buddhist spiritual thought”.

Schedule:

Tuesday 10 April 6:30 - 8:00pm

Thursday 12 April 6:30 - 8:00pm

Further details on Sakya Buddhist Centre Los Angeles

 

 

 

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The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Apr
7
to Apr 8

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

  • Bodhi Path San Luis Obispo (map)
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The Four Dharmas of Gampopa is an explanation of Gampopa’s four-line teaching which provides an overview of the path of mixed sutra and tantra. It begins with contemplation of the four thoughts, progresses through the preliminary, development and completion practices of Vajrayana, and culminates in Mahamudra and Dzokchen, the supreme meditations of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 12 noon and 2 - 4 pm

Further details at: www.bodhipath.org

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The Power of Buddhism – Bodhichitta and the Six Perfections
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Power of Buddhism – Bodhichitta and the Six Perfections

  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, California (map)
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All sentient beings possess Buddha nature, the seed of the wisdom, compassion and power of full realization. These boundless qualities are covered by our habits of self-clinging and ignorance, which can be overcome by the mind of awakening – bodhicitta – and developing the six perfections of generosity, patience,  ethics, effort and meditation that lead to wisdom.

Local centre website: www.whiteheronsangha.org

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Initiation of Green Tara
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

Initiation of Green Tara

Lama Jampa Thaye will bestow the initiation of Green Tara from the lineage of Shakya Shribhadra. Meditation on Green Tara is one of the most widely practised in Tibetan Buddhism.

The goddess herself is the embodiment of the liberating activity of all the buddhas. As such her initiation and meditation are especially effective means of awakening one’s innate capacity for enlightened compassion.

Schedule: 6.30 - 8.00pm

* Please note that in order to receive the initiation you must have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path through taking refuge. If you would like to do this beforehand please contact the centre by emailing  info@dechen.us

Further details at www.dechen.us

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The Eight Verses of Mind Training
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

The Eight Verses of Mind Training

The system of meditation practice known as mind training (LOBJONG in Tibetan) is one of the most popular and widely-practised in Buddhism. Geshe Langri Thangpa’s work is one of the most celebrated spiritual teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. It offers us a method of transforming adverse circumstances into positive aspects of the path of awakening compassion.

Schedule: 6.30 - 8.00pm

Further information at Dechen LA Sakya Buddhist Center

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The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon: A Guide to the Zhentong Madhyamaka View
Mar
31
to Apr 1

The Rays of the Stainless Vajra Moon: A Guide to the Zhentong Madhyamaka View

  • Bodhi Path Santa Barbara (map)
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Lama Jampa will give teachings on the Buddhist view of the ultimate nature of reality using this famous guide to the Great Madhyamaka composed by the nineteenth century master of the Rime movement, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.

For further details visit the Bodhi Path Santa Barbara website

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The Eight Verses of Mind Training and Initiation of White Dzambala
Mar
24
10:30 AM10:30

The Eight Verses of Mind Training and Initiation of White Dzambala

Teachings on the Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa

10.30am - 1.00pm

The system of meditation practice known as mind training (LOBJONG in Tibetan) is one of the most popular and widely-practised in Buddhism. Geshe Langri Thangpa’s work is one of the most celebrated spiritual teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. It offers us a method of transforming adverse circumstances into positive aspects of the path of awakening compassion.

Initiation of White Dzambala

2.30 - 4.30pm

Dzambala is one of the most important Vajrayana deities associated with the increase of prosperity and positive conditions for spiritual practice.

Further information at www.dechen.org

 

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Pointing a Finger at the Dharmakaya by Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje and Initiation of Namgyalma
Feb
24
to Feb 25

Pointing a Finger at the Dharmakaya by Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje and Initiation of Namgyalma

Pointing a Finger at the Dharmakaya by Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje

Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm

Sunday 10.30am -1.00pm

Lama Jampa will continue teachings on this Mahamudra practice text by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje. The 9th Karmapa wrote three main works on Mahamudra and this is the briefest. It contains teachings on the practices of the ngondro (the preliminaries), on shamatha (calm abiding), and on vipassana (insight).

 

Initiation of Namgyalma

Sunday 2.30pm - 4.30pm

On Sunday afternoon Lama Jampa will give the initiation of Namgyama, the female meditation deity. She is one of the three main Buddhist deities of longevity, along with White Tara and Amitayus. Revering and meditation on Namgyalma grants both mundane and transcendental siddhis. The most important of her mundane accomplishments is preserving and strengthening life energy, the granting of long life. Her profound siddhi is the swift accomplishment of transcendental wisdom. 

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Precious Teachings on the Essential Key Instructions of Meditation
Feb
3
to Feb 4

Precious Teachings on the Essential Key Instructions of Meditation

  • Valencia Bodhi Path Buddhist Centre (map)
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Lama Jampa Thaye will give teachings based on the traditional text ‘‘The Short Prayer to Vajradhara’ (Dorje Changtungma) using the commentary by Karma Chagme Rinpoche combined with practical meditation sessions. 

This very beautiful Kagyu prayer is included in the Guru yoga part of the Kagyu Ngondro. The prayer is very important because it has two purposes: firstly that when we chant this prayer and meditate, it brings about an enhancement of mahamudra itself, so the prayer is a way of giving rise to mahamudra and stabilising the mahamudra experience; the second benefit of this prayer is that it contains the major stages of the Kagyu path, so that if one wants a very short summary of Kagyupa teachings one can find it in this beautiful short prayer. 

Saturday, 4th of February:  11am - 1pm and 4-6pm

Sunday, 5th of February: 11am - 1pm and 4-6pm

For further information: bodhipath.es

 

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Public Talk:  Mindfulness according to the Buddhist tradition.
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Public Talk: Mindfulness according to the Buddhist tradition.

  • Salón de actos de la Facultad de Psicología, Universidad de Valencia (map)
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Lama Jampa will explain the Tibetan Buddhist perspective on Mindfulness based on his academic and meditative background. 

The talk is organised by Valencia Bodhi Path Buddhist Centre and is open to all.

Start time: 6pm

For further information: bodhipath.es

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Teachings on the Triple Vision & Initiation of White Dzambhala
Jan
27
to Jan 28

Teachings on the Triple Vision & Initiation of White Dzambhala

Teachings on the Triple Vision

Saturday 10.30am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 5pm

This important text by Konchok Lundrub is an explanation of the first part of Lamdre, the path and its fruit. His Holiness 41st Sakya Trizin says of the text: 
"For those fortunate practitioners who want to achieve liberation, this text is like a staircase, an excellent medicine which eliminates the suffering of living beings, and a valuable object which surpasses even the wish-granting jewel."

Initiation of White Dzambhala*

Sunday 11am to 1pm

White Dzambhala is a manifestation of Chenrezik, the Buddha of Compassion. His practice eliminates poverty and disease, cleanses negative karma and supports the production of bodhicitta. The practice dates back to Atisha, who initiated the second spread of the Dharma in Tibet in the 11th century. 

*Please note that in order to receive this initiation you must have made the formal commitment to the Buddhist Path through taking refuge. If you would like to take refuge before the event please contact the centre at sakya.stuttgart@gmail.com

For further information: sakyastuttgart

 

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The Telescope of Faith and Initiation of Black Manjusri
Jan
13
10:30 AM10:30

The Telescope of Faith and Initiation of Black Manjusri

Telescope of Faith: An expression of views on solar and lunar eclipses and so forth by Karma Thinley Rinpoche

10.30am to 1.00pm

Can ancient Buddhist cosmology and contemporary astronomy be reconciled?

Several years ago, Karma Thinley Rinpoche, great scholar and master of the Sakya and Kagyu traditions, wrote this essay in Tibetan concerning the reconciliation of ancient Buddhist and modern scientific views on cosmology and astronomy. Originally published on his website, a translation by Dechen Foundation can be found at Dechen Foundation Books.

Initiation of Black Manjusri*

2.30pm to 4.30pm

This initiation belongs to famed Golden Dharmas of the Sakya tradition. The system of meditation on the black form of Manjushri, the embodiment of wisdom, is especially valued as a remedy to many obstacles that can confront us in dharma practice and work.

*Please note that in order to receive the initiation you must have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path through taking refuge. If you would like to do this beforehand please contact the centre by emailing: 

Further details at www.sakyabristol.org

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Initiation of White Dzambhala
Dec
22
6:30 PM18:30

Initiation of White Dzambhala

Initiation of White Dzambhala

6:30 pm

White Dzambhala or White Jambhala is a manifestation of the Chenrezik, the Buddha of Compassion. The practice is done to remove the suffering of poverty and sickness, purify non-virtuous karma and generate bodhicitta. The practice is said to originate from the great Indian Saint Atisha, who visited Tibet in the 11th Century CE.

Please note you need to take refuge as a Buddhist to receive this initiation and do the practice. Please contact us and refuge can be provided during the initiation.

Full details on the Sakya Budhist Center LA website

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Parting from the Four Attachments - Introductory Talk
Dec
21
6:30 PM18:30

Parting from the Four Attachments - Introductory Talk

Parting from the Four Attachments - Introductory Talk

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

‘The Parting from the Four Attachments’ is a famous teaching in the Sakya school of Buddhism that summarises all the wisdom of the Buddha and the entire Buddhist path to awakening.

Lama Jampa will give a short introductory talk on this teaching, highlighting the main points in a clear and accessible style.

This talk is ideal for anyone interested in Buddhism to get a clear overview of the Buddhist path.

Full details on the Sakya Buddhist Centre LA website

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Teachings on Rain of Clarity
Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

Teachings on Rain of Clarity

Teachings on Rain of Clarity

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lama Jampa will teach from his summary of the Buddhist Path, Rain of Clarity, based on the teachings of the Sakya tradition.

Rain of Clarity is described by His Holiness Sakya Trizin as “a gateway into Buddhist spiritual thought”. “Through this teaching the student receives a full blueprint of entering the path, keeping the vows, maintaining motivation, leading a better and more virtuous life, and finally a way to liberation.”

Lama Jampa will continue to teach from chapter four ‘Viewing Emptiness’.

Full details at www.dechen.us

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Pointing the Finger at the Dharmakaya.
Dec
2
to Dec 3

Pointing the Finger at the Dharmakaya.

Saturday & Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm

Lama Jampa will begin teachings on this Mahamudra practice text by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje.

The 9th Karmapa wrote three main works on Mahaumdra and this is the briefest of them. It nonetheless contains everything one needs to follow the path of Mahamudra: the ngondro, shamatha, vipassana.

Please note that this is the first time that Lama Jampa has taught this text.

See also: www.kagyubuddhism.org/about-kagyu-buddhism/buddhist-teachings

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Introduction to Buddha-Nature
Nov
24
to Nov 26

Introduction to Buddha-Nature

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According to Buddha, all sentient beings can attain enlightenment because they possess the Buddha-nature. This is itself the primordial purity of mind, uncovered when we practise the path of wisdom and compassion.

In this brief course Lama Jampa Thaye will explain the qualities of Buddha-nature and how we recognise it through meditation according to the system of 'The Great Middle Way'.

See also: www.bodhipath.cz

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Talk about Wisdom in Exile at the famous Topping and Company Booksellers in Bath
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Talk about Wisdom in Exile at the famous Topping and Company Booksellers in Bath

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Lama Jampa will give a talk at one of Toppings and Companies popular evening book events.

"Our events provide rich illumination into an author’s work and help deepen the experience of reading. They are lively experiences with the emphasis on direct communication between author and audience. The talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions, and then there is an opportunity to meet the speaker and have a book signed." (From the Toppings and Company events page).

Doors open at 7.30pm. Please visit the website for full details and to purchase tickets: 

www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/bath/lama-jampa-thaye-on-wisdom-in-exile-buddhism-and-modern-times/

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