In 1992, the first guest teacher, Geshe Jampa Thekchog visited. He taught on the Eight Verses of Mind Training and gave Refuge and Lay Precepts. He visited again in 2001, to teach the Seven Point Mind Training and about Amitabha’s Pure Land. The teaching on Seven Point Mind Training was made into a book called The Kindness of Others published and distributed free internationally by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Now known as Khensur Jampa Thekchog Rinpoche (as ex-Abbot of Sera Je monastery) he visited for a third time in 2007. On this occasion he gave profound teachings on the Heart Sutra as well as Refuge, Lay Precepts and the Bodhisattva Vows.
He gave permission for another book to be published of those Heart Sutra teachings. This is now published online by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive at http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=686 .
In 1993, the group was very fortunate to have the opportunity to host a one-day visit by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He consecrated the shrine room and gave a long teaching in the back garden at Market House, South Petherton. This iniitated the group’s relationship with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). In 2011 the group joined FPMT.
Also around that time Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, from New York, visited to give a teaching on emptiness.
Another frequent visiting teacher is Geshe Tashi, resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London. Geshe Tashi visited regularly in the nineties and then began to visit again in 2009 to teach on the Four Noble Truths and twice in 2010 to teach on Buddhist Psychology and Epistemology. In 2011 he taught on Living from the Heart.
Also, Ven Steve Carlier has visited the group to give teachings numerous times. Ven Sangye Khadro has visited twice. Other teachers who have visited include Geshe Thinley from Lam Rim Buddhist Centre, Bristol, Glenn Mullin and Alex Berzin. Ven Kerry Prest from Nalanda Monastery has visited several times since 2013.
Ven Kerry Prest