Lama Jampa teaches at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling

On 10 to 12 August Lama Jampa taught Jamgon Kongtrul's The Rays of the Immaculate Vajra Moon at the new Institute at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in France. The teachings were attended by several lamas, monks and nuns, together with sangha members from the Dhagpo mandala. During this time Lama Jampa had lunch with Jigme Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenzin (who is resident at KIBI). Lama Jampa also met and had discussions with Jean-Guy, president of Dhagpo Kagyu Ling.


Lama Jampa is about to commence a two week teaching programme at Sakya Changlochen Ling in France. He will teach the second part of Sakya Pandita's Elucidating the Thought of the Sage and lead a meditation retreat on Vajrapani Bhutadamara.

The new Institute at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling
Lama Jampa teaching in the new Institute


Lama Jampa with translator Cecile

President Jean-Guy thanking Lama Jampa for giving the teachings

 Jean-Guy with Lama Jampa and family


His Holiness Sakya Trizin teaches in Los Angeles

His Holiness Sakya Trizin concluded his summer tour of North America with two days of teaching in Los Angeles. The events were hosted by Tsechen Chokhor Ling in Arcadia, East Los Angeles and many members of the Sakya Samten Ling sangha from West Los Angeles were able to attend.



On the evening of Friday August 2 His Holiness gave a public talk entitled, 'The Nature of Mind' and on the Saturday he bestowed the initiation and sadhana instruction of White Tara of the Six Light Rays.   This was a wonderful opportunity to hear teachings from one of the greatest Buddhist masters alive today and both events were very well attended.

His Holiness, Gyalyum Kushog-la and entourage departed for Singapore on Sunday afternoon where they will stay for one week before returning to Rajpur where the annual Vajrakilaya puja will begin on August 17.

New YouTube videos

The second instalment of the series of videos recorded in Los Angeles with Lama Jampa Thaye is now available on his YouTube channel. In this  instalment Lama Jampa answers questions on the following topics:
  • Who was Sakya Pandita?
  • Who was Milarepa?
Please click here to view the videos.


Lama Jampa teaches in Manchester


Lama Jampa Thaye recently visited Manchester on the weekend of the 5 to 6 of July where he taught the final section of 'The Friendly Letter' by Nagarjuna using the interlinear commentary composed by Karma Thinley Rinpoche.

Lama Jampa commented that the most important instructions of the three baskets are contained within this text. This was the first text that Karma Thinley Rinpoche taught when he made his second trip to England in 1977 and Lama Jampa emphasised the importance of this text as a fundamental dharma teaching.

On the Sunday afternoon, Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Chenrezik from the lineage of Atisha.

This concluded the first part of this cycle of Shedra teachings on the common foundations of dharma and this will be followed by Discriminating between Consciousness and Primordial Wisdom by Karmapa Ranjung Dorje which Lama Jampa will teach later this year on 30 November to 1 December.


Lama Jampa Thaye teaches in Stuttgart, Germany



Lama Jampa Thaye visited Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart on the weekend of 29-30 June. During this time he continued to teach the 'Telescope of Wisdom', Karma Thinley Rinpoche's commentary on Nagarjuna's Friendly Letter, and bestowed the initiation of Namgyalma from the collection of The 100 Sadhanas of Bari Lotsawa. 



The next visit of Lama Jampa to Sakya Dechen Ling will be on the weekend of 5-6 October.

Opening of the Institute at Dhakpo Kagyu Ling


The new Institute at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling

Lama Jampa Thaye and Dechen Dolma, accompanied by David Armstrong, have just spent four days at the opening of the Institute at Dhakpo Kagyu Ling in France where Lama Jampa was invited as a guest of honour.

Inauguration of the Institute 13th June 2013

The new Institute, which is the culmination of twenty years of work by Jigme Rinpoche and the sangha, fulfils one of the specific wishes of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa. The opening ceremony was performed by Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche in the presence of various civic and religious dignitaries.

Consecration of the Institute by Kuzik Shamar Rinpoche
Group photo after the consecration
The Institute's library

Over the following days Shamar Rinpoche gave teachings on Mahamudra and bestowed the major initiation of Gyalwa Gyamtso. Lama Jampa spent private time with Shamar Rinpoche during which they discussed old times, modern times and future times.

Sharmar Rinpoche giving teachings on Mahamudra
The initiation of Gyalwa Gyamtso


Lama Jampa will return to teach at Dhakpo Kagyu Ling on the Madhyamaka from August 10-12 shortly before the annual summer teachings begin at Sakya Changlochen Ling.

Au revoire!
Lama Jampa with Jigme Rinpoche in the garden at Dhagpo
Lama Jampa & Dechen Dolma with Lama Jean-Guy president of Dhagpo

Lama Jampa Thaye teaches in London


On Saturday, 9 June Lama Jampa Thaye taught the first part of the famous commentary by the Sakya and Kadampa master, Gyaltse Thogme Zangpo, on the Seven Points of Mind Training. Lama Jampa also bestowed the Initiation of Gonkar. These teachings were hosted in London by Sakya Dechen Ling. Lama Jampa will teach the second part of Gyaltse Thogme Zangpo's commentary in London on 9 November, as well as bestowing the initiation of Manjuvajra at this time.

Lama Jampa will travel to Stuttgart on 29 June to teach Part 4 of The Friendly Letter by Nagarjuna and its accompanying commentary, The Telescope of Wisdom, by Karma Thinley Rinpoche, as well as to bestow the Initiation of Namgyalma.


Short Retreat at Changlochen




Sangha-members from Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart held the first small group retreat at Sakya Changlochen Ling between 19th and 23rd May. This was a Ngöndro retreat to enable German sangha members to practise prostrations and Vajrasattva. The retreat was possible now that the new building has become fully functional with 3 new bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a well-appointed kitchen. We were able to prepare our own delicious meals ranging from traditional Nepali food to French cuisine! It was very inspiring to be able to practice in the tranquil surroundings of Changlochen and we are looking forward with great enthusiasm to returning there for the summer course with Lama Jampa Thaye in August.



Update on activities of His Holiness Sakya Trizin

His Holiness Sakya Trizin is currently in Tsechen Kunchab Ling, up-state New York. He is spending four months there and will largely spend the time in retreat.


Lama Jampa Thaye visited last week and spent three days with His Holiness receiving some teachings.  

His Holiness will return to India in mid-August in time for the annual Vajrakilaya rituals to be held in Sakya Centre, Rajpur.


Buddha day

This Saturday was the celebration Saga Dawa Duchen, of one of the four great 'Buddha Days' in the Tibetan calendar and to mark the occasion we released a video on Lama Jampa's personal Youtube channel, "Who was Shakyamuni Buddha?".
Please click here to view the video.

Buddha day

This Saturday is the celebration Saga Dawa Duchen, of one of the four great 'Buddha Days' in the Tibetan calendar and to mark the occasion we are releasing a video on Lama Jampa's personal Youtube channel, "Who was Shakyamuni Buddha?".
 
 Click here to view the video.

25-year anniversary celebration for Tegchen Legshey Ling, Nepal

25 years ago, on the 18th of May 1988, the ground-breaking ceremony was carried out to begin construction of Tegchen Legshey Ling, which is Karma Thinley Rinpoche’s monastic seat (Tib: gompa) located close to the great stupa of Jarung Kasyor in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal.

This year, on the 18th of May 2013, a celebration was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the beginnings of the monastery and to make wishes and prayers for its continuing activity and prosperity.

The day began with the monks and nuns of Tegchen Legshey Ling performing a special ‘tsang’ ritual, which is for removal of obstacles as well as for auspiciousness. This was accompanied by a long-life ‘tsedrup’ ritual and tsok from the terma cycle of Ratna Lingpa, carried out for the continuing good health and long life of Karma Thinley Rinpoche, and that all sentient beings might be free from the sufferings and obstacles brought about by poor health and short life. At the same time a large banner covered in many images of the long-life deity White Tara was attached across the front of the main building of the gompa, and a splendid Kagyupa flag erected on the roof.

These ceremonies were followed by a festive lunch, held at the grand old Yak & Yeti Hotel, one of the largest in Kathmandu. The lunch was attended by Karma Thinley Rinpoche himself, Tulku Khedrup Gyamtso, Zopa Tulku, Lama Kalsang Gyamtso and all the sangha together with many lay friends of the gompa.

The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rigpa’i Dorje, recognized Rinpoche as the 4th incarnation of Karma Thinley, and Rinpoche says it is through the Karmapa’s blessings that he has been able to carry out some Karmapa Dharma activity (Rinpoche’s name Karma Thinley means “Karmapa Dharma Activity”). Soon after arriving in India Rinpoche first established a gompa in Tilokpur, India, and later went on to establish Dharma centres in New Zealand, Canada and England. As well as Tegchen Legshey Ling in Nepal, Rinpoche has also built Tegchen Choskor Ling gompa in his home country of Nangchen, Kham.

Over the last 25 years, Tegchen Legshey Ling has been of great benefit to many diverse groups, including those people from Nangchen living either in Nepal, in India, still in Nangchen, and even those now spread throughout the world. Local Nepali Buddhists have also been able to make considerable use of the gompa, as have the sangha of the Dechen centres under the direction of Lama Jampa Thaye. Over the years the gompa has developed a good reputation, and receives many requests for prayers and rituals. Rinpoche’s uncle, the nobleman Namkai Dorje was able to shift to the gompa from India, and spent the last years of his life in residence here. He was a guiding influence at the gompa and also taught the sangha the special lineage he carried of the severance practice called ‘chod’ that he had received from his famous yogi uncle Jamyang Temphel. This ‘chod’ is practiced every afternoon at Tegchen Legshey Ling following the Kagyu Mahakala ritual.
Karma Thinley Rinpoche and all the sangha of Tegchen Legshey Ling would like to extend their gratitude to all those sponsors, donors and supporters who helped establish the gompa and who have been involved in helping to maintain and develop the gompa further. Creating and maintaining Tegchen Legshey Ling as a repository for the three jewels, and as a manifestation of Karma Thinley Rinpoche’s activities and wishes, is a great wonder and source of enormous merit, being such an important contribution to the continuance of living Buddhism in the world today.  With your continuing support and prayers for the continuing furtherance of Tegchen Legshey Ling, here in the holy land of Lord Buddha’s birth, Nepal, may the lives of our precious teachers remain stable; may the Holy Dharma be maintained and spread; and may the revered ordained sangha be upheld and supported.



Lama Jampa Teaches in Bristol UK

On Saturday 11th May Lama Jampa Thaye gave teachings in Bristol, England. In the morning he continued teaching Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen’s commentary on Chandragomin’s ‘The Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow’. The text continued its detailed presentation of the bodhisattva path, looking in particular at faults to be avoided in the practice of the six perfections. The final part of the text will be taught in Bristol on Saturday October 12th 2013.

In the afternoon Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Sakyamuni Buddha and the Sixteen Sthaviras from the lineage of Atisha. At the end of the initiation he gave the reading transmission (‘lung’) for the puja commonly called ‘The Sixteen Arhats’ which is done at Dechen Centres on each of the four holy Buddha days of the year. The full title of the puja is ‘The Liturgy of the Concise Puja of Prostrations to the Sthaviras together with Offerings’ and was composed by Shakyashri. The next Buddha Day is Saga Dawa Duchen on Saturday 25th May. This is the most important of the four, being a celebration of the three events of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. Please check your local centre calendar for details.

At the conclusion of the day's teachings Lama Jampa gave the reading transmission (Tib. lung) for the collection of spiritual songs by Bongsar Jamyang Tenphel which has just been published by Ganesha Press and is called "Ladder of Enlightenment".
Lama Jampa’s next teachings will be in London on the 8th June when he will teach Gyaltse Thogme Zangpo's commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training Part 1 and bestow the Initiation of Gonkar.

Lama Jampa Teaches in Bristol UK

On Saturday 11th May Lama Jampa Thaye gave teachings in Bristol, England. In the morning he continued teaching Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen’s commentary on Chandragomin’s ‘The Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow’. The text continued its detailed presentation of the bodhisattva path, looking in particular at faults to be avoided in the practice of the six perfections. The final part of the text will be taught in Bristol on Saturday October 12th 2013.

In the afternoon Lama Jampa bestowed the initiation of Sakyamuni Buddha and the Sixteen Sthaviras from the lineage of Atisha. At the end of the initiation he gave the reading transmission (‘lung’) for the puja commonly called ‘The Sixteen Arhats’ which is done at Dechen Centres on each of the four holy Buddha days of the year. The full title of the puja is ‘The Liturgy of the Concise Puja of Prostrations to the Sthaviras together with Offerings’ and was composed by Shakyashri. The next Buddha Day is Saga Dawa Duchen on Saturday 25th May. This is the most important of the four, being a celebration of the three events of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. Please check your local centre calendar for details.

At the conclusion of the day's teachings Lama Jampa gave the reading transmission (Tib. lung) for the collection of spiritual songs by Bongsar Jamyang Tenphel which has just been published by Ganesha Press and is called "Ladder of Enlightenment".

Lama Jampa’s next teachings will be in London on the 8th June when he will teach Gyaltse Thogme Zangpo's commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training Part 1 and bestow the Initiation of Gonkar.

Dharma news

Monday, 6 May was the birthday of His Holiness Karmapa. Sangha members around the world celebrated His Holiness's birthday by reciting the Karmapa Guru Yoga and long life prayers.


Members of the Sakya Samten Ling sangha in Los Angeles travelled to San Francisco to receive the initiation of Vajrapani from His Holiness Sakya Trizin on 4 May. His Holiness is midway through His teaching tour of the North Americas.


Lama Jampa visited Kagyu Ling in Manchester over the bank holiday weekend of 4 to 6 May. A number of sangha members had interviews with Lama Jampa during this time. Kagyu Ling sangha members also undertook a 2-day group retreat on Chenrezik over 5 to 6 May.


Dharma news

Monday, 6 May was the birthday of His Holiness Karmapa. Sangha members around the world celebrated His Holiness's birthday by reciting the Karmapa Guru Yoga and long life prayers.
Members of the Sakya Samten Ling sangha in Los Angeles travelled to San Fransisco to receive the initiation of Vajrapana from His Holiness Sakya Trizin on 4 May. His Holiness is midway through His teaching tour of the North Americas.
Lama Jampa visited Kagyu Ling in Manchester over the bank holiday weekend of 4 to 6 May. A number of sangha members had interviews with Lama Jampa during this time. Kagyu Ling sangha members also undertook a 2-day group retreat on Chenrezik over 5 to 6 May.

Dharma news

Monday, 6 May was the birthday of His Holiness Karmapa. Sangha members around the world celebrated His Holiness's birthday by reciting the Karmapa Guru Yoga and long life prayers.


Members of the Sakya Samten Ling sangha in Los Angeles travelled to San Fransisco to receive the initiation of Vajrapana from His Holiness Sakya Trizin on 4 May. His Holiness is midway through His teaching tour of the North Americas.


Lama Jampa visited Kagyu Ling in Manchester over the bank holiday weekend of 4 to 6 May. A number of sangha members had interviews with Lama Jampa during this time. Kagyu Ling sangha members also undertook a 2-day group retreat on Chenrezik over 5 to 6 May.