Buddhist teachings in Manchester

Buddhist Teachings in ManchesterThe 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.

7 & 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. 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 vipashyana (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 White Tara. Tara is revered in all traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism as the embodiment of the liberating compassion of all buddhas. In the form of White Tara she is one of the three deities of longevity whose practice is renowned for bestowing the blessings of long life and thus increasing the opportunity for spiritual practice.


The teaching will take place at Manchester Conference Centre  , Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3BB.

Buy tickets online:

  • two-day ticket: £50
  • one-day ticket: £25 (valid either day)

There is no charge for under 18s. Concessionary tickets and half day tickets can be bought at the venue on the day by cash, debit or credit card.

1 and 2 December 2018

Teachings to be announced.

More information