Wisdom in Exile in Paris and Normandy
On Thursday 5th October Lama Jampa Thaye was in Paris to launch the French edition of his book Wisdom in Exile: Buddhism and Modern Times - Sagesse en Exil. The launch was organised by Rabsel Editions a major French publisher of Buddhist books. Rabsel Editions also published Lama Jampa’s earlier work Rain of Clarity (Ondée De Clarté).
Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Paris
The event was co-hosted by Espace Bouddhiste Tibétain and was held at Le Maison de L'Inde, a part of Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. The Espace Bouddhiste Tibétain of Paris was inaugurated in 2007 by His Eminence Béru Khyentse Rinpoche and is the Paris centre for Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in the Dordogne. Both centres are dedicated to the activity of Trinley Thaye Dorje, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa - spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu tradition.
The following evening Lama Jampa was interviewed for a second book launch at the headquarters of Rabsel Editions in Normandy.
Teachings on Moral Conduct, Meditation and Wisdom
Over the weekend Lama Jampa gave two days of teachings on The Three Trainings to members of Karma Euzer Ling in Normandy. This centre is one of the principal Kagyu centres in France, a place of study and practice of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu tradition under the spiritual authority of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thayé Dorje. His Holiness consecrated this Center in July 2004 and gave it the name of Karma Euzer Ling - The Garden of the Ray of Light.
During the teachings Lama Jampa particularly stressed how all three trainings of moral conduct, meditation and wisdom are to be brought together and, as he explained in his piece for New York based Tricycle magazine ‘Living by Meditation Alone’ (available to read on lamajampa.org), a dharma without all three trainings will not transform us effectively: “Buddhism reduced to just meditation is a spiritual dead end.”