Sakya Changlochen Ling Retreat Centre, France

Founded in 1990, and named by Karma Thinley Rinpoche after the pure land of the bodhisattva Vajrapani, Dechen’s rural retreat centre, Sakya Changlochen Ling, lies in the heart of Perigord Noir in the Dordogne region of South West France.


It is in this tranquil environment that Lama Jampa Thaye gives teachings and leads retreats according to the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. These events take place during the summer on an annual basis, with additional individual and group retreats at other times of the year.

His Holiness Sakya Trizin

The most significant event in the history of Sakya Changlochen Ling up till now has been the visit made by His Holiness Sakya Trizin in July 2014. During this visit His Holiness consecrated the buildings and land and bestowed the initiation of Manjushri, giving an auspicious start to the next chapter of the Sakya Changlochen Ling story.

DSC_0424Summer Course 13th – 25th August 2017


Week 1:

This year the first week of the Summer Course at Sakya Changlochen Ling will be divided  into three parts:

Sonam Tsemo’s ‘General Presentation of the Tantra Sets’  Part 3
Sunday 13th – Tuesday 15th August

This year for the first three days of the first week Lama Jampa Thaye will complete the teaching on this most important Sakya teaching on the vajrayana. Composed by the second of the five great Sakya Masters, Sonam Tsemo, this work is an extensive explanation of the nature and characteristics of the different categories of tantra as well as of the relationship between the tantras and the sutras. As such it is an encyclopaedic resource for the study of the tantric system. The text constitutes one of the major works studied in the Sakya shedra (college of studies) within the Dechen Community.

Initiation of Sakya Pandita  –  16th August

Lama Jampa will bestow the initiation of Sakya Pandita on Wednesday 16th August.

‘Nectar of the Fortunate’     –    17th & 18th August

And for the final part of the first week on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August, Lama Jampa will teach the ‘Nectar of the Fortunate’.  This text by the great Ngawang Legpa teaches us how to meditate on  the profound view known as ‘the inseparability of samsara and nirvana’, the indispensable basis for Vajrayana.

Week 2:

Retreat on White Tara of the Wish-Fulfilling Wheel   –   Sunday 20th to Friday 25th August

This is a great opportunity to receive the extraordinary teachings of the Wishfulfilling Wheel of White Tara, transmitted in the Tsarpa branch of the Sakya tradition. This system of practice is the principal vajrayana means of achieving longevity.  The course will begin with the initiation of White Tara from the lineage of Vagishvakirti. After this, Lama Jampa will teach Ngawang Legdrup’s ‘Bestowing the Coolness of Longevity, the Oral Instructions of the Blissful Lord’.  This text contains the tri (commentarial explanation) of the esoteric methods of accomplishing the Wishfulfilling-Wheel of White Tara. There will then be a short practice retreat for the remainder of the week, giving participants the time to familiarise themselves with the sadhana (practice) itself.

In order to attend the retreat you must have taken refuge. This will be possible by prior arrangement before the initiation on the first day. Please make your request by email to or to the organisers at the course.

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