Lama Jampa Thaye is one of the most important western Buddhist masters of our time.
Born in Bolton, England in 1952, he became a student of the Tibetan incarnate lama Karma Thinley Rinpoche at the age of 20. A year later he met His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Over the years Lama Jampa Thaye has received innumerable initiations, transmissions and instructions from leading masters of the Kagyu, Sakya, Nyingma and Kadam schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Western Buddhist master
In 1977 Lama Jampa Thaye was appointed by Karma Thinley Rinpoche as his representative in the West. In 1988 Lama Jampa was given the authority to carry out the activities of a lama, such as bestowing initiations. Even today, he remains one of the few westerners qualified to give all levels of Buddhist teachings.
Travels and teachings
Lama Jampa Thaye has travelled extensively, giving teachings and initiations in many countries, from Mexico to Bulgaria, from India to the United States. Lama Jampa holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work on Tibetan religious history and his published works include Garland of Gold (1990), Way of Tibetan Buddhism (2001) and Rain of Clarity (2006). He lives in London with his family.
“One of the great Western dharma teachers is my dharma regent, Lama Jampa Thaye. He is not only a great scholar, but also a great dharma practitioner.”
– Karma Thinley Rinpoche, Millennium Letter, Toronto 1999
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