Welcome to our community space
Kagyu Buddhism isn’t about centres and groups, but is about people. We are a network of people of all ages and backgrounds who share a common interest in learning about and practising Buddhism and Buddhist meditation.
Through the Dechen community we are linked to similar groups and centres throughout the UK, Europe and the Americas.
In this section we hope to reflect some of that lively and diverse community. Here you will find photos, blogs and updates about activities and events past and present, which reflect some of that rich experience from the Kagyu Buddhism community.
Sangha on tour
Three of our sangha members are spending three weeks in March 2017 backpacking around the Buddhist pilgrimage sites of northern India.
This might not seem remarkable but their blog should prove to be interesting because Viera, Sue and Gill (pictured left) are all ladies ‘of a certain age’ and not used to roughing it!
Read their blog – Varanasi on voltarol.
One of our newer community members, Judy Whitehouse, speaks about her experiences of coming along to Kagyu Ling: First impressions.
Appreciating other Buddhist traditions and groups
One of our co-ordinators, Jonathan MacAskill, attended last autumn’s European Buddhist Union conference in Vienna. Read Jonathan’s blog from Vienna
He also blogged from a visit last summer to Dhagpo Kagyu Ling, the European seat of His Holiness Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje in the Dordogne. Read Jonathan’s blog from France.
Another of our members, John Rowan, helps organise an annual Manchester Buddhist Convention at the University. This sees Buddhists from across the north west come together for a series of workshops to learn more about one another’s approaches and to practice together.
Our Chester meditation group played host in 2016 to a visitor from Thailand who taught us a great deal about the Theravada tradition of Buddhism practiced there. Read more about the visit
Our annual summer school takes place at our retreat centre, Changlochen, in the Dordogne region of southern France. This is an opportunity for members of the wider Dechen sangha to spend a week together listening to Lama Jampa Thaye teach, followed by a week’s group retreat.
In 2016 two of younger Sangha members, Robert Sainsbury (11) and Emily Sainsbury (15) blogged from France and you can read their blogs here.
News from Nepal
An intrepid member of our community worked for three months in 2016 as a volunteer in Nepal. A background in supporting children with learning disabilities had equipped Sue Brown with the skills to make a real difference there but that doesn’t mean it was all plain sailing!
Sue blogged about her role at the Maitri Griya (House of Friendship) day centre for children with learning disabilities in Katmandu. These children mostly live in poverty and their families receive no support with their care. Many lost homes and family members in last year’s earthquake and parts of the Centre itself were damaged. Supplies, particularly of fuel, are difficult to obtain.
Follow Sue’s blog from Nepal:
Kagyu Ling – the early years
We’re developing a digital archive for Kagyu Ling. Our community has grown dramatically since it began over 40 years ago and we thought it would be great to preserve some of that history. We’ve been based in a number of buildings over the years and have had visits from many Lamas. We’re hoping to capture the spirit of those times with photographs and other documents. If anyone can help by letting us have old photographs to scan in (we’ll take care of them and return them asap) we’d very much appreciate it.
If you have any contributions for the archive, please contact us.