Wonderful teachings and exciting new developments for Sakya Buddhism in the UK

On Saturday 1 October, Sakya Buddhist Centre welcomed over 100 people to Bristol for part 4 of ‘Rain of Clarity’, teachings on the Buddhist path by Lama Jampa Thaye, along with the initiation of Green Tara, a buddha renowned for her swiftness in protecting those in danger. Based on the authority of the enlightened Sakya masters such as Sonam Tsemo and Sakya Pandita as well as the classical Indian shastras, ‘Rain of Clarity’ by Lama Jampa Thaye, explains the stages of the path to enlightenment through the particular understanding of the Sakya tradition. In this instalment, Lama Jampa continued to explain the path of the Great Vehicle to buddhahood through the practices of the 6 Perfections, focusing on joyful effort, stability of mind through meditation and, finally, the development of wisdom.

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In the afternoon, Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Green Tara from the lineage of the Indian master Atisha. Revered in all traditions of vajrayana Buddhism as the embodiment of the liberating activity of all buddhas, Green Tara’s initiation and meditation are especially effective means of awakening one’s innate capacity for enlightened compassion. As a princess, Tara vowed to achieve englightenment in female form, a powerful reminder that buddhahood is open to all who make effort to practise the path.

A new home for Sakya Dechen Ling in London

im2a9549im2a9554To close the day, a presentation was given on the inspiring vision for the brand new home for our sister centre in London, Sakya Dechen Ling. The great location in Notting Hill, along with the planned development of a welcoming, warm and open space, will be a great support in making the Buddha’s teachings even more available to all. For further news and updates, watch this space. Whilst there is much to do, as we heard in the morning, it should be accomplished with patience, lightness and joy.

Part 5 of ‘Rain of Clarity’ will be hosted on 5 November 2016 by Sakya Dechen Ling, London – click here for details.

There will also be a coach going from from Sakya Buddhist Centre to the London teaching on 5 November(£27.50 return). To book, please fill in this BOOKING FORM and email it to adrianplacemusic@gmail.com or pick up a form from Sakya Buddhist Centre.