A spring awakening at Sakya Changlochen Ling

Each summer, our European retreat Centre, Sakya Changlochen Ling, hosts a college of studies (Tib. shedra) by the Buddhist meditation master and scholar, Lama Jampa Thaye. Ahead of this major event, which is attended by over 100 Buddhists from a range of countries, the Centre needs to be brought out of its winter sleep and into the sunlight and fresh air of a new year. Fortunately, this spring, a number of our community gathered to help, cleaning, tidying and taking care of the Centre’s grounds, with its numerous flowers and trees, along with putting up some splendid new prayer flags.

Students greeting Lama Jampa  Tea with Lama Jampa and Dechen Dolma at ChanglochenGardening at ChanglochenPutting up prayer flags

Happily, all this activity coincided with Lama Jampa’s recent time in France, during which he visited Sakya Changlochen Ling a few times. Students there were delighted to spend some time with Lama Jampa and Dechen Dolma, not only saying Green Tara and Chenrezik prayers together and viewing the planned site for our stupa, but also sharing meals and conversations too. Garlanded with blessings, we look forward to Lama Jampa’s return to Changlochen this summer.

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