Lama Jampa Thaye and Buddhism
There are many traditions in Buddhism, here in Yorkshire we follow the Kagyu teachings founded during the 11th Century in Tibet. The current head of the tradition is Trinley Thaye Dorje, the 17th Karmapa. You can read more about the Kagyu tradition and Karmapa below and for more in depth details please visit his website www.karmapa.org.
Within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition a Lama is someone who has been given the authority to impart the Buddha’s teachings and holds the responsibility of being a spiritual guide for those who are following the spiritual path. Such authorisation is not self-appointed but an honour bestowed by the Lama’s own teachers, who themselves are part of a lineage reaching back to the teachings of the Buddha himself.
Western Buddhist Teacher
The name Lama Jampa Thaye was bestowed by his first teacher, the Grand Master Karma Thinley Rinpoche and indicates that through his extensive study and practice he has achieved the realisation and qualities necessary to hold this honoured position. Lama Jampa Thaye – whose name means ‘Teacher of Limitless Loving Kindness’ – is one of the first Westerners to be authorised to transmit these precious and powerful teachings for those who wish to follow the Buddhist path to enlightenment.
A renowned scholar and author, Lama Jampa Thaye was born in Lancashire where he spent his early years before going on to read religious studies at Manchester University. During his formative years he met with many Buddhist lamas and it is through these teachers that he developed a commitment to practice and study in order to traverse the path himself. His two most prolific teachers, Karma Thinley Rinpoche and His Holiness Sakya Trizin, have provided him with the inspiration, insight and guidance to develop the profound understanding and realisation that now enable him to help others on the path.
To discover more about Lama Jampa Thaye and his Tibetan teachers please follow the links below to his website www.lamajampa.org
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa
His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje the 17th Karmapa was born on 6 May 1983 in central Tibet. His parents are the great Nyingma lama Mipham Rinpoche and Dechen Wangmo. As soon as he could speak, he told them he was the Karmapa. The Karmapas are the leaders of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Today, Karmapa travels extensively, meeting students, young people, world leaders, and leading lights in the fields of spirituality, peace, conflict resolution, and education. He has the spiritual responsibility for over 900 monasteries and meditation centres around the world.