Dechen LA is the Sakya Buddhist Center, Santa Monica and other groups in the Los Angeles area founded by Lama Jampa Thaye.
Dechen LA is part of the Dechen international association of Sakya and Karma Kagyu Centers founded by Lama Jampa Thaye under the authority of Karma Thinley Rinpoche.
History of Dechen LA Buddhist Center
Dechen Buddhist Center Santa Monica, was established by Lama Jampa Thaye in 2010 and is the first Dechen center in the U.S.. It was given the name Sakya Samten Ling. This followed numerous visits to Los Angeles by Lama Jampa to give teachings to students who live in the area.
The first Dechen Kagyu center, Kagyu Ling, was founded in Manchester, UK in 1975 and the first Dechen Sakya center, Thinley Rinchen Ling, was founded in Bristol, UK in 1977. Since that time numerous centers and groups have been established across the UK, Europe and the Americas.
Authentic and non-sectarian traditions
Dechen is unique as Lama Jampa Thaye is authorized to teach two of the four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the Sakya and the Karma-Kagyu lineages. This emulates his own teacher, Karma Thinley Rinpoche, who was recognized as a tulku, a reincarnate lama, from both of these traditions.
While the teachings of Sakya and Karma Kagyu are given in a non-sectarian fashion they are transmitted to preserve their coherence as systems of meditation and contemplation. For this reason all Dechen centers and groups either belong to the Sakya or Karma Kagyu tradition but not to both. Dechen Los Angeles follows the Sakya tradition.
Lama Jampa Thaye
Lama Jampa Thaye visits Los Angeles a number of times each year to give teachings and personal interviews. Due to Lama Jampa’s ability as a scholar and vajrayana meditation master, and as a lay Western practitioner with a family, he is uniquely placed to train other Westerners in the Buddhist teachings. He offers practical and personal advice on how to practice the authentic teachings in a Western cultural context.