On the first day of the Tibetan new year (Losar) we celebrate the life and achievements of Lama Thubten Yeshe, the founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) to which Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds is affiliated.
Lama Yeshe was a truly remarkable Tibetan Lama from Sera Jey monastery (previously located in Tibet and now rebuilt in India) and one of the first Lama’s to teach Tibetan Buddhism to western students.
To find out more about the life and teachings of Lama Yeshe, who passed away in 1984, please visit the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive here.
To celebrate Lama Yeshe Day we will be doing Lama Chopa Tsog puja where we invoke all the Lamas of the graduated path lineage beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha himself and extending to our present teachers and Lamas who have shown us the path to freedom and happiness. We pay homage to them, make offerings, and request each of them to please bless our minds with the same realizations that they themselves have generated. By offering sincere, heartfelt requests, we make our minds ripe to receive the full blessings of this precious lineage and quickly actualize the realisations we need to attain enlightenment.
Feel free to bring offerings (for example biscuits, fruit, flowers) for the shrine and to share, or to make a donation to the Centre. All welcome.
This puja will replace our usual Monday lunch-time Tara puja.
Pujas are chanted prayer ceremonies which show respect and devotion. You can join in the prayers and chanting from the sadhana (spiritual text) or simply sit, listen and enjoy the blessings.
Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche meditating with Mount Everest Center students, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1974.
Banner image: Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe, USA, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder
All Image ©Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive