MAJOR EVENT: Lama Jampa Thaye teaching in Bristol

Date 13/01/2024
Time 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Future Inn, Bond Street South, Bristol, , BS1 3EN, United Kingdom


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10.30am-1.00pm: “Clearly Discriminating the Three Vows” by Sakya Pandita (open to all).

Lama Jampa Thaye will continue with part 7 of ‘Clearly Discriminating the Three Vows’ (Tibetan: Domsum Rabye) by Sakya Pandita, one of the five Gongmas (venerable masters) who founded the Sakya tradition of Buddhism. Usually taught in the monastic colleges, this is the first time this text has been taught in the UK and so offers a rare opportunity to receive this extensive explanation of the Buddhist path.

We are now in the chapter on vows relating to the Vajrayana, the path with special means by which one can attain Buddhahood swiftly. Sakya Pandita (Sapan) helps remove common misconceptions and misunderstandings we can all have about practising vajrayana. Lama Jampa pointed out that this chapter is by far the longest, indicating Sapan saw the most error in practise relating to the vajrayana, and the advice is still relevant now, especially as dharma is established in the West.

The text continues to be taught in consecutive parts in Bristol and London throughout 2024, and it is not necessary to have received the first parts to attend:

  • PART 9: 8 JUNE 2024 BRISTOL
  • PART 10: 12 OCT 2024 BRISTOL
  • PART 11: to be confirmed LONDON

Online booking for each part will be available a few weeks before each event via the Dechen London and Dechen Bristol websites.

2.30-4.30 pm: Initiation of Chenrezik Mahamudra*

This initiation bestows the authority to meditate on Chenrezik, the embodiment of compassionate energy, and on Mahamudra – the Great Seal – which is the true nature of mind. It is one of the most widespread meditation practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. This initiation is connected with the famous sadhana composed by the great Sakyapa master Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrup and is from the lineage of Bari Lotsawa.

There is a group practise of this mediation (puja) on two Thursdays in each month (8-9pm) at the Sakya Buddhist Centre in Bristol. We are also running a meditation day on January 28th for those who would like to learn the the practice and meditate together. Those who have received this initiation are welcome to attend. Through meditation upon Chenrezik we quickly develop compassion and conjoined with Mahamudra we are also benefited by meditating directly on the nature of mind.

*In order to attend this initiation one must have made a formal commitment to the Buddhist path through ‘Taking Refuge‘. If you would like to request to take refuge prior to the initiation please email:

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[Please note that as many people from the Centre will be going to this teaching, there will be no Saturday morning meditation class in Bristol on this date].

MAJOR EVENT: Lama Jampa Thaye teaching in Bristol

Future Inn

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Future Inn

The Future Inn is located in Bristol City Centre, on Bond Street South, opposite Cabot Circus shopping centre and is 15 minutes walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

Contact details and directions for the venue available via this link.

Coming by train? The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads (15-20 minutes walk). Rail strikes may affect your journey so please check the latest news on this before planning your journey.

Coming by car?  Before you travel please use the government’s checking tool to see if you need to pay a charge to drive your vehicle in Bristol’s Clean Air Zone (most cars will not be charged).

Parking: 50% discount for delegates in the Cabot Circus multi-storey car park, postcode of BS2 9AB. Please validate your carpark ticket at hotel reception before departing to receive the discount and pay remaining balance at the car park pay station.

Refreshments: there is a restaurant in the hotel (tables can be pre-booked for lunch), and other cafes and restaurants in the Cabot Circus shopping centre over the road.

Accommodation: 10% discount. This must be booked directly with our reservations team on 0117 3041010 or email: Just mention you’re are attending the event.