Buddhist Teachings in Los Angeles

Lama Jampa’s Buddhist teachings in Los Angeles started on 9th July with the third part of the series of teachings from the book Rain of Clarity, a concise text on the entire Buddhist path drawn from the teachings of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism.

In the afternoon Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Dzambala, a vajrayana deity associated with generating wealth and the supports for practice.

The following Monday evening Lama Jampa gave a talk titled ‘Why Politics Doesn’t Matter’. The talk was attended by a large audience at the Highway Performance Space who heard a detailed explanation on the role of politics in the Buddhist spiritual life

The next weekend Lama Jampa gave a Buddhist teaching called Wise Compassion. The teaching explained what compassion is  – and what it is not – and how to practice it daily. The teaching also included guided meditations on the four limitless thoughts, of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

Lama Jampa was careful to explain that we should not confuse compassion with sentimentality; “True compassion focuses on others—worries about others—while sentimentality focuses on oneself for oneself, me and what I feel. It can lead us to say quite nice things, but it lacks real consideration for others.”