About the Sakya Buddhist Center
Sakya Buddhist Center was established by Lama Jampa Thaye in 2010. It was given the name Sakya Samten Ling, which means ‘The place of meditation of the Sakyas’. The Center transmits the authentic meditation and Buddhist teachings of the 900 year old Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Dechen Group of Buddhist Centers
Sakya Buddhist Center is part of the Dechen international association of Sakya and Karma Kagyu Centers. The center was founded by Lama Jampa Thaye under the authority of Karma Thinley Rinpoche.
The first Dechen Sakya center was founded in the UK in 1977, with numerous visits and teachings from the heads of the Sakya tradition, the 41st and 42nd Sakya Trizin.
Since then many centers and groups have been established across Europe and the Americas.
Authentic Buddhist traditions
Dechen is unique. Lama Jampa Thaye is authorized to teach both the Sakya and the Karma-Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. This follows his own teacher, Karma Thinley Rinpoche, who was recognized as a ‘tulku’ or reincarnate lama of both these traditions.
The teachings of Sakya and Karma Kagyu are transmitted separately to preserve the blessing and power of their lineages of meditation. For this reason Dechen centers and groups belong to either the Sakya or Karma Kagyu tradition and are not mixed together.
Lama Jampa Thaye
Lama Jampa Thaye visits Los Angeles often to give teachings and personal interviews to his students. Lama Jampa gives personal advice on how to practice the authentic Buddhist teachings in a Western cultural context.
Lama Jampa is a scholar and vajrayana meditation master and also a lay Western practitioner with a family. This makes him very skilled and experienced in how to train Westerners in the Buddhist teachings.