On Saturday November 5th Lama Jampa continued this years teachings on Rain of Clarity, this time hosted by Sakya Centre London in the beautiful setting of the London Wetlands Centre. Some 120 people came from around the country, and some from further afield as well, including as always a good number from our sister Sakya Centre in Bristol.
Having warned us at the start that it was going to be a challenging session, Lama Jampa took us on a roller coaster ride through the chapter on Viewing Emptiness, with particular reference to the Madhyamaka (or Middle way) philosphical system. However, Lama Jampa emphasized that the purpose if this teaching is not merely intellectual, but serves to give us a correct understanding of the View, an essential prerequisitive to the realization of the true nature of things.
In the afternoon, Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Chenrezig and the transmission for the special Sakya lineage practice of 'Great Compassion and Mahamudra combined'. At the end of the day, before the dedication of merit, he expressed his thanks to all those who had worked towards the successful acquisition of a new public centre in Notting Hill, West London, with special mention for Kitty Lai who has been leading the building project team.