A return to ‘face to face’ teachings

On the weekend of 10 and 11 July Lama Jampa Thaye visited the North West to teach for the first time since February 2020.  This sixth instalment of his teaching of ‘The Jewel Ornament of Liberation’ by Gampopa was long awaited and very much appreciated by 150 students.

Gampopa was an early master in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and this comprehensive manual of study and practice gives an explanation of the Buddhist path from its starting point to the achievement of enlightenment.  The section covered at this teaching related to issues like the importance of moral discipline and patience – both in changing how we behave in the world and in helping change our mindset.

On the Sunday Lama Jampa also gave the initiation of Yellow Dzambala from the Bari Lotsawa collection of sadhanas.  Many more of his students who have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path will now be able to practise this ritual weekly at Kagyu Ling.

It was lovely to see so many people at the event from across the North West and further afield.  The venue was spacious, the event was managed in such a way as to protect everyone and the discipline of attendees in terms of social distancing made it feel safe.  Let’s hope that the relaxation of Government restrictions means this was the first of many such events.  Part seven is due in November, so watch this space!