The Dechen Community is an association of meditation centres and groups belonging to the Sakya and Karma-Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism under the direction of Karma Thinley Rinpoche and Lama Jampa Thaye. There are currently twenty centres and groups belonging to the Community in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
Lama Jampa Thaye met Karma Thinley Rinpoche in 1973. Over the past three decades he has inherited from Rinpoche and other masters such as His Holiness Sakya Trizin a vast range of teachings of the Sakya, Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Buddhism.
Lama Jampa Thaye completed various meditation retreats, most importantly major retreats on Naro Khachoma and Konchog Chindu. As a result of his studies and practices, he was appointed Rinpoche’s dharma-regent and subsequently given the authority to bestow vajrayana initiations by Rinpoche.