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Teachings on 'Mind Training in a Single Session' and Initiation of Sakyamuni and the Sixteen Elders

  • Dechen London, London Wetland Centre Queen Elizabeth Walk London SW13 9WT United Kingdom (map)

Teachings on 'Mind Training in a Single Session' by Chim Namkha Drak

10:30 am  - 12:30 pm

This text was composed in the thirteenth century by Chin Namkha Drak, the great abbot of the Kadampa monastery of Narthang in Tibet. It comes from the mind training (Lojong) collection of teachings of which there are two main streams. Inspired by Atisha, this stream encapsulates the essential steps of the Mahayana, presenting them in a way that we can apply directly to our own personal situation – like all Lojong teachings. In fact, the only qualification we need to practise the teaching is, as Lama Jampa Thaye has said ‘our ordinary, confused mind, full of disturbing emotions, full of self-clinging and self-cherishing.present extraordinary instructions for developing wisdom and compassion. With an unparalleled directness, they allow us to transform all situations, positive and negative, into the path of awakening.

For information about the last teaching of this type click here.

Vajrayana Initiation* - The Sixteen Sthaviras

2:30 - 4:30 pm

In the Buddhist tradition the sixteen senior disciples of Lord Buddha are considered to be important protectors of the teaching. The practice of meditation and prayer dedicated to them is maintained in all traditions of dharma. Lama Jampa will give this initiation from the lineage of Atisha, the great Indian master who brought this practice to Tibet.

*Please note that in order to attend the afternoon teaching you must have made formal commitment to the Buddhist path through the act of taking refuge. If you would like to request refuge from Lama Jampa prior to the initiation please contact london@dechen.org