On the evening of Thursday, December 15 Lama Jampa gave a public talk, entitled Buddhism for Modern Times, at Tibet House in Manhattan, New York. This was a significant event, marking Lama Jampa's first public teaching on the East Coast in the US. The talk was well attended and there was a lively question and answer session afterwards.
Lama Jampa will remain in New York with family for several days before returning to England for the New Year. His next teaching event will be in Bristol on January 14 where he will teach Sakya Pandita's Letter to the Noble Minded and bestow the Initiation of White Saraswati. Click here for details.
His Holiness Karmapa's official website has been updated with a number of news items covering His Holiness's recent visit to Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh, India and the start of the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya, India.
On the weekend of 3 to 4 December, Lama Jampa Thaye taught the final part of Clearing the Darkness of Unawareness in Manchester. In the afternoon on the Sunday, Lama Jampa bestowed the Initiation of Green Tara from the lineage of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, which Lama Jampa received from Kalu Rinpoche.
The puja associated with the particular initiation of Green Tara is practised in many dharma centres, including Tegchen Legshey Ling in Nepal where it is practised daily every morning. This puja is also performed monthly on the eighth day of the lunar calendar at Kagyu Ling in Manchester. Lama Jampa gave this initiation to enable students to attend a three day Green Tara retreat to be held at Kagyu Ling after Christmas.
Next year the second cycle of Shedra teachings in Manchester will commence with ‘The Friendly Letter’ by Nagarjuna and its accompanying commentary ’The Telescope of Wisdom’ by Karma Thinley Rinpoche.