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 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 teachings 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.
23 & 24 February 2019: The Jewel Ornament of Liberation (part 2)
Lama Jampa will continue the teaching of this major text.
The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa is the key manual of study and practice in the Kagyu tradition. Gampopa’s masterwork provides a complete survey of the spiritual path, from its beginning to Buddhahood. Buddha nature, the four preliminary reflections, bodhichitta and the six perfections are among the topics covered.
Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm and Sunday 10.30am – 1.00pm.
On Sunday afternoon, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Lama Jampa will give the initiation of Amitayus.
While anyone with a serious interest in Buddhism is welcome to attend the teaching, the initiation is open only to those who have taken refuge, i.e. made a formal commitment to Buddhism.
Venue: The Studio Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN.
- two-day ticket: £50
- one-day ticket: £25 (valid either day)
- Book tickets online
There is no charge for under 18s. Concessionary and half day tickets can be bought at the venue on the day by cash, debit or credit card.