The Mikyo Dorje Shedra
(College of Studies)
“Without wisdom there is no meditation,
without meditation there is no wisdom.”
The College of Studies (shedra) introduces us to some of the key philosophical works of the Kagyu tradition. Studying these works extends and deepens our understanding of the Buddhist teachings and informs our meditation practice by developing our insight into the nature of mind.
Buddhist teachings in Manchester
Each year the shedra consists of three weekends of Buddhist teachings in Manchester given by Lama Jampa Thaye . These teachings are open to anyone with a serious interest in Buddhism. The shedra is named in honour of Mikyo Dorje, the 8th Karmapa (1507-54), a master of great scholarly and meditative accomplishment and composer of numerous authoritative works.
The curriculum of studies at the shedra consists of works composed by Indian and Tibetan masters, including Asanga, Nagarjuna, Gampopa, the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, and the 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje.
It is essential to keep a record of Buddhist teachings we have received so that we know what we are able to study and practise.
- See the record of teachings given by Lama Jampa Thaye, including initiations and reading transmissions.
2 & 3 December 2017 – Pointing the Finger at the Dharmakaya
Lama Jampa will begin teachings on this Mahamudra practice text by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje.
The 9th Karmapa wrote three main works on Mahamudra and this is the briefest. It contains everything on Mahamudra – the ngondro, shamatha, vipassana.
The teaching will take place at The Studio, Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN