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).
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.
It is not unusual to experience boredom in meditation. Why is this? Is it a problem? What should we do about it, if anything? Lama Shenpen talks to a student about the experience of boredom, what it’s telling us and how to deal with it. Click the link to read the full question and response: