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.
24 and 25 February 2018: Pointing a Finger at the Dharmakaya (part 2)
Lama Jampa will continue 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 teachings on the practices of the ngondro (the preliminaries), on shamatha (calm abiding), and on vipassana (insight).
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 Namgyalma, the female meditation deity. Namgyalma is one of the three main Buddhist deities of longevity, along with White Tara and Amitayus.
The teaching will be held at The Studio in Lever Street, Manchester.
Online ticket options are: two-day ticket: £50 ; one-day ticket: £25 (valid either day). There is no charge for under 18s. You must bring along your ticket/eticket as proof of purchase.
Please note: concessionary tickets and half day tickets can be bought at the venue on the day by cash, debit or credit card.
7 and 8 July 2018
Pointing a Finger at the Dharmakaya (part 3)
Lama Jampa will continue teachings on this Mahamudra practice text by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje. On Sunday afternoon, Lama Jampa will give the initiation of White Tara.
1 and 2 December 2018
Teachings to be announced.