Update on March 18, 2020: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Lama Jampa Thaye will not be traveling to the U.S. Sadly, we have to cancel this weekend program. Hopefully he will be able to return in the near future.
Lama Jampa Thaye returns to San Luis Obispo for a full and varied program on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 & 12, 2020. Online registration before the program is required. Costs are $20 for a single session and $50 for the full weekend.
Saturday April 11, 10 am-12 pm and 2-4 pm: The Song of Mahamudra by Jamgon Kongtrul
The Song of Lodro Thaye’, composed by the great non-sectarian master, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813–1899), is a definitive guide to mahamudra, the highest teaching of the Kagyu tradition and the quintessence of all the sutras and tantras of the Buddha. Expressed in the form of a spontaneous spiritual song or ‘doha’, Jamgon Kontrul’s verses on mahamudra continue a tradition dating back to the golden age of Vajrayana Buddhism in India – the time of the ‘Eighty-Four Mahasiddhas’ – who achieved consummate mastery of mahamudra and expressed their realization in songs. These songs are characterized by their distillation of the mahamudra teachings into rich yet pithy verses which have the power to awaken instantaneous understanding in students, without the need for lengthy scholastic training or study.
Lama Jampa Thaye will explain Jamgon Kongtrul’s song in full, through which students will receive an authentic introduction to mahamudra in its three primary aspects of basis, path and fruit. Copies of the text will be provided as part of the program.
Sunday, April 12
10 am-12 pm: Introducing Bringing Mind Training to Life
Lama Jampa will give teachings on mind training (Tib: LOJONG) with reference to the recently published text of Shamar Rinpoche’s teachings ‘Bringing Mind Training to Life’, An engaging and lively exploration by Shamar Rinpoche of the frequently studied Buddhist subject called lojong, or mind training. The material is made especially applicable for our modern-day lives. Copies of Bringing Mind Training to Life will be available for purchase at the Center.
*2 pm-4 pm: The Gom Lung of Chenrezig, transmission and guided meditation
“Lung” in Tibetan is the tradition of orally transmitting a text through the master reading it to the student. An unbroken lineage of oral transmissions going back generations. This transmission bestows the authority to meditate on Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassionate energy. It is one of the most widespread meditation practices in Vajrayana Buddhism and is a core practice of Bodhi Path centers.
* Chenrezig transmission requires one to have taken refuge vows. Please contact the center at email@example.com by March 31 if you are interested in taking vows. We will try to arrange an opportunity prior to this program.
About Lama Jampa Thaye:
Lama Jampa Thaye is a scholar and meditation master trained in the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Buddhism. He has been authorized as a Lama and Vajrayana master since 1988 by his two main teachers Karma Thinley Rinpoche and His Holiness Sakya Trichen (41st Sakya Trizin), and in 2014, Shamar Rinpoche requested he teach at Bodhi Path Centers. He holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work on Tibetan religious history and lectured for over twenty years at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Online registration before the program strongly encouraged and makes our job easier. Click here to register. Fees are suggested donations and do not fully cover the cost of the program or include a teacher offering. The teachings are given on a donation basis, no one turned away for lack of funds. Please be generous with your offering to the teacher and the sangha.