The following article is from the Spring, 1987 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

The Lam-'Bras (Path and Result) teaching is the central and distinguishing feature of the Sakyapas. Based on the Hevajra Tantra, the Lam Dre is a comprehensive system that embraces the entire range of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist practice. A special characteristic of the Lam Dre is that a practitioner needs no other teaching to attain Buddhahood, once having received this profound instruction. The Indian Mahasiddha Virupa received this teaching directly from Nairatmyayogini, consort of Hevajra, and it passed to Tibet through four Indian masters in the "long transmission" and more directly from Virupa to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the founder of the Sakya Order, in the "short transmission". The Lam Dre is also known as the teaching of the "non-differentiation of samsara and nirvana", which is the special view of the Sakya Order, and the equivalent of the Nyingmapa Dzogchen or the Kagyupa Mahamudra. This view directs the practitioner's mind to the ultimate reality of Buddhahood that is beyond conceptualization and is the end of ignorance and suffering.

The teaching given by His Holiness on this occasion will take about two months (May & June) and will consist of a sutra lasting three weeks and a tantra part which will have a Shri Hevajra commitment. To register and/or for more information, wirte to: Sakya International Foundation, Secretary, Sakya Centre, 187 Rajpur Road, 248 009 Rajpur, Dehra Dun, U.P., India.