Lama Shenpen continues her conversation with a student about working with their experience, in relation to desire, aversion and indifference. Click here to read the full question and answer.
Each week Lama Shenpen answers a student’s question. The students are studying her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training courses. Become one of Lama Shenpen’s students and ask her a question, Lama loves a good questions.
You are warmly invited to join us for our Tibetan New Year Celebrations at the Hermitage of the Awakened Heart in North Wales.
This year we will be welcoming in the Year of the Earth Dog.
The weekend will be one of celebration, feasting, chanting and meditation. Practice done at this time is said to be especially auspicious.
In addition to our usual Losar celebrations, this year we will have a special treat – a double celebration, greeting back our old friend Dashu as he brings to an end his one year retreat during this weekend!
You have a choice of dates to attend – coming for Losar itself on Friday 18th February or staying for the whole weekend (Friday to Sunday).
“The essence of meditation practice is the confidence to simply be. With no sense that you have to do anything or change anything”. This quote from Lama Shenpen Hookham describes the radical simplicity of the approach taken in Formless Meditation.
Rooted in the Dzogchen and Mahamudra meditation lineages of Tibetan Buddhism the Formless Meditation practice requires us to have the bravery to turn directly towards our experience, good or bad with radical acceptance.
Whether this is the first meditation practice that you learn or one that you come to after years of complex meditations, mantra recitation and visualisation practices, it is the one that cuts to the heart of the matter, the one that we always have to come back to.
Each week Lama Shenpen answers a student’s question. The students are studying her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training courses. Become one of Lama Shenpen’s students and ask her a question, Lama loves questions! For more information about meditation training visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training or visit one of our classes in Woolton, Liverpool.
Most of us love Christmas and New Year. It is a time to celebrate and connect with those closest to our hearts. For some though, this time of year can provoke feelings of depression, low energy and loneliness.
In this short article Lama Shenpen advises a student who is experiencing a low and difficult point in their life. Click the link to read Lama’s full response:
Each week Lama Shenpen answers a question from one of her meditation students. The students are enrolled on her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training course. Why not become one of Lama Shenpen’s students and ask her a question? Lama loves questions! For more information about experiential training in Buddhist meditation visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training
Here, the Buddhist master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche explains how the ego constructs itself:
“The ego feels rather lonely and, at the same time, keeps busy trying to defend itself. It finds that it consists of a collection of desires, expectations, ideas, conclusions, memories, and many other things.
“This collection is too complicated for the ego to grasp; therefore, it conveniently constructs “I am” or “I am the ego” and puts this label on itself as if it were a real individual entity.
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987) encouraged a young English woman called Susan to travel India to learn Buddhist meditation. After decades of meditation practice Susan became known as Lama Shenpen.
Without Trungpa Rinpoche’s encouragement, the Awakened Heart Sangha may never have come into being. By extension our meditation classes in Liverpool have come about through the influence of this modern day master.
Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness is a seminal work by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (edited by Lama Shenpen). It is a classic exploration of the philosophical views found within Tibetan Buddhism, how they fit together, and how to use them in meditation.
The paper copy was revised and re-issued earlier this year and is now followed by the first audio book ever produced.
Narrated by Ken Cohen the audio book is available on Amazon alongside the recently revised paper and e-book versions.
Lama Shenpen has so far given eight talks on the “Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness” at The Hermitage this year and you can catch up with them on the Hermitage YouTube Channel:
In this three minute video, Lama Shenpen explains the Buddhist concept of mind or Chitta. In doing so she explores the connections between what we think of as heart and mind, and their connection with what we find meaningful.
For those attending in person, meditation guidance for beginners will be available in the morning session.
In the afternoon, Lama Shenpen will be giving the next instalment of her teachings on the Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness, which will also streamed live online. Full details of how to join us in person or connect online are in the event page below. We hope you can join us!
The Hermitage is a little over two hours from Liverpool by car. So why not make a weekend of it? Participants are welcome to join us anytime from Friday night until Sunday lunchtime. Please book online to arrange accommodation or contact the Hermitage team to discuss your needs.