His Holiness the Dalai Lama authorised the name Saraswati for the group and this was endorsed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche when it became an FPMT Study Group.
Jamyang is the Tibetan name for the deity of wisdom. Saraswati is a fully enlightened Buddha appearing in a form that embodies creativity and wisdom.
Saraswati group continues to have strong links with Jamyang Buddhist Centre London and the other two FPMT centres in the UK, Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds and Land of Joy.
Over the years many great teachers came to visit, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khensur Jampa Thekchog, Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, Geshe Tashi Tsering, Alex Berzin, Glenn Mullin, Ven Sangye Khadro and Ven Steve Carlier.
All of this was prior to the group formally joining the FPMT in 2010, although the group had always studied and practised within that tradition.
One of the great benefits of FPMT membership is the structured study programmes such as Discovering Buddhism and the Basic Programme, which the group now studies.
We have continued to have FPMT registered teachers including Ven Amy Miller and Ven Robina Courtin and also benefit from teachings with Geshe Tenzin Namdak who is the resident teacher at Jamyang London.