The Path of the Perfections in Bristol
Lama Jampa Thaye arrived Sakya Buddhist Centre Bristol on Friday 24 January, accompanied by Dechen Dolma, Kate and the four legged member of the family, Roxie.
On Saturday, people came from across the UK to receive further teachings on the mahayana Buddhist path from the great Sakya master, Chogyal Phakpa. This section of the text focussed on the bodhisattva path of the perfections, the paramitayana. Beginning with an explanation of the verses on equalising and exchanging oneself with others, followed by those on each of the six perfections in turn.
Knowing the shortcomings of samsara and nirvana do not aspire to either;
Through recollecting the qualities of the Buddha, always aspire to that.
Lama Jampa concluded the mornings teachings by emphasising the importance of studying what one has received.
In the afternoon Lama Jampa bestowed the Initiation of the protector Gönkar (The Great White Lord), the practice of which can increase the necessary material means for the flourishing of the holy dharma.
On Sunday, Lama Jampa gave individual advice about practice to many students at Sakya Buddhist Centre.
Lama Jampa will return to Bristol in June to teach the next section of the text, beginning with the Four Means of Gathering.
This article was originally published by lamajampa.org and is shared here with their kind permission.