About Dechen About Dechen Dechen international association of Sakya and Karma Kagyu Center founded by Lama Jampa Thaye under the authority of Karma Thinley Rinpoche. More text required …… Authentic Buddhist traditions The teachings of Sakya and Karma Kagyu are transmitted separately to preserve the blessing and power of their lineages of meditation. For this reason Dechen centers and groups belong to either the Sakya or Karma Kagyu tradition and are not mixed together. Lama Jampa Thaye is authorized to teach both the Sakya and the Karma-Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. This follows his own teacher, Karma Thinley Rinpoche, who was recognized as a ‘tulku’ or reincarnate lama of both these traditions.