A wealth of Buddhist teachings in Bristol

A Garland of Jewels

Last weekend in Bristol Lama Jampa began teaching a text called “A Garland of Jewels” written by one of the founding lamas of the Sakya tradition, Chogyal Phakpa, in the thirteenth century. It was originally given as advice to a prince in the royal court of Kublai Khan, the head of the Mongol Empire, however the relevance and value of this ancient text to ordinary people in the modern-day world is surprising.

This teaching is divided into three parts. The first part provides guidance for a good life (the causes of happiness); the second outlines the path for liberation (freedom from suffering); the final part outlines the path to enlightenment so that one can benefit other beings and free them from suffering. The entire text is divided into 204 verses which cover the entire Buddhist path, from the level of a beginner to that of full enlightenment.

Well over 100 people gathered to hear part one of this teaching. 

Lama Jampa will teach parts two and three later this year:

 It is not necessary to have heard the earlier parts if you have missed them, just come along on the day:

Vajrayana initiations

In the afternoon of these teachings, Lama Jampa gives Vajrayana Buddhist teachings (initiations) which are open only to those people who have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path by taking refuge.  This January he gave the initiation of the wealth deity Ganapati (Ganesha). In June he will bestow the initiation of White Tara, and in October the initiation of Namgyalma.

Sakya Buddhist Centre Bristol

The following day Lama Jampa gave personal interviews to a number of students at the Sakya Centre and was also present at the sangha’s Sunday morning Chenrezi Puja (Vajrayana meditation practice).

Forthcoming Teachings

Lama Jampa’s next international teaching event will be in Germany this coming weekend, click here for details.

His next teaching in the UK will be 23-24 February in Manchester, click here for details.