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 Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa
Dec
1
to Dec 2

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa is the key manual of study and practice in the Kagyu tradition. It gives a complete explanation of the Buddhist path from its starting point to the achievement of enlightenment, and is relevant to anyone who has a serious interest in Buddhism. Buddha nature, precious human life, impermanence, karma, suffering, loving kindness, compassion and the six perfections are among the topics covered in the Jewel Ornament of Liberation.

Gampopa (1074 - 1153CE)  was the principal student of the great yogin Milarepa and is one of the most highly revered Tibetan Buddhist masters.

The event on 1 and 2 December will cover the first part of this major text. The teaching will continue in 2019.

Saturday 1 December 10.30am – 4.30pm

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa

Sunday 2 December  10.30am – 1.00pm

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa

Sunday 2 December 2.30pm to 4.30pm

The initiation of Chenrezi from the Chikshe Kundrol.

While anyone with a serious interest in Buddhism is welcome to attend the teaching, the initiation is open only to those who have taken refuge, i.e. made a formal commitment to Buddhism.

Venue: The Studio, Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN.

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

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The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Oct
20
to Oct 21

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

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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 Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Oct
13
to Oct 14

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

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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 further information and schedule see the centre's 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 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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Initiation of White Sarasvati and Teachings on the Triple Vision
Sep
16
to Sep 18

Initiation of White Sarasvati and Teachings on the Triple Vision

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Initiation ofWhite Saraswati

Sunday 16th September 7pm

Saraswati is famous as one of the principal wisdom deities in Vajrayana Buddhism and as a patroness of poetry and music. Thus many great masters have cultivated her meditation for the many qualities that it bestows.

The Three Visions

This important text is an explanation of the first part of Lamdre, the path and its fruit
His Holiness Sakya 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."

Monday 17 September 7pm

Tuesday 18 September 7pm

See also local website for Sakya Dechen Ling Stuttgart

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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 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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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

sakya-changlochen-ling-annual-summer-course-2018

* 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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Visit of  His Holiness the Sakya Trichen to Dechen Sakya Center LA
Jul
29
10:30 AM10:30

Visit of His Holiness the Sakya Trichen to Dechen Sakya Center LA

About His Holiness the Sakya Trichen

His Holiness Sakya Trichen is the forty-first head of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a peerless and world-renowned master of the Dharma in general and the Vajrayana in particular. His compassion and wisdom are an inspiration to all those who have the fortune to meet him. For more information about his Holiness click here or visit his website www.hhsakyatrizin.net

Lama Jampa will be welcoming His Holiness Sakya Trichen to give teachings hosted by Dechen Sakya Centre in LA. Due to the size of the event an outside venue will be used. Visit www.dechen.us for details and booking.

Parting from the Four Attachments

10:30 am - 12:00 pm    

The Parting from the Four Attachments is one of the most famous teachings in the Sakya tradition. Famed for its simplicity and directness, the text contains the direct teaching on how to be free from disturbing emotions and ignorance of the true nature of reality.

Initiation of White Sarasvati

2:30 - 4:30 pm

White Sarasvati is famous as one of the main wisdom deities in Vajrayana Buddhism and is the patroness of poetry and music. She is the feminine aspect of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. In Tibetan paintings she is often depicted holding a lute.

Please note you need to have taken refuge as a Buddhist to receive this initiation. 

 

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The Eight Dreamlike Experiences and Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani
Jul
21
10:30 AM10:30

The Eight Dreamlike Experiences and Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani

The Eight Dreamlike Experiences

10:00am - 1:00pm

The Eight Dreamlike Experiences of Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen covers the causal links from the development of a calm and stable mind through to the achievement of happiness for oneself and others.

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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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 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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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 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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