How do Buddha’s teachings answer the most profound questions of our existence? What makes his thinking unique amongst other systems of thought? The answer lies in his teachings on ‘dependent origination’, which hold the key to unlocking his doctrines of karma, rebirth, suffering, liberation and compassion. Patterns in Emptiness shows how understanding this core Buddhist teaching of ‘dependent origination’ can transform how we see the world and provide an antidote to the disordered thinking that leaves us in the grip of the disturbing emotions. Without understanding this essential teaching, our meditation practice is likely to lead only to greater confusion.
Forward by His Holiness Karmapa
I am delighted to write this foreword for Lama Jampa Thaye's latest publication, 'Patterns in Emptiness", which skilfully deals with the topic of dependent origination. This subject lies at the very heart of Buddha's teachings, and is central to an authentic understanding of the Buddha dharma.
In our present day and age, it is rare to find teachers like Lama Jampa Thaye, who succeed in presenting the complex teachings of the Buddha dharma in both a traditional and accessible manner.
This is no simple task: on the one hand, the Buddha’s teachings need to be presented faithfully, without being diluted or transformed. On the other hand, the teachings are beneficial for everyone to understand, and so accessibility is key.
This is a challenge, because there is a tendency in contemporary English to simplify complex ideas, in order to inspire enthusiasm in the readers and make content more 'user friendly.'
Therefore, it requires rare skill to utilise the means of the English language to convey the subject of dependent origination in an authentic manner, and at the same time engender enthusiasm in the readers by presenting it in a well-structured, approachable way. Lama Jampa Thaye excels in this regard.
Therefore I am delighted to see that there is once again a work by Lama Jampa Thaye, dealing with one of the central teachings of Buddhism.
May the readers gain both enjoyment and benefit from "Patterns in Emptiness".
Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje
For those coming to the Dechen European Centre for the retreat in August can buy copies there.
Alternatively it is available for pre-order on Amazon