Connections made in this life may be the most important things that we do. The teachings of Tibetan Buddhism talk about our connections with each other (Tib. Tendrel) as being lasting and meaningful and that they can continue between lives.
Here, Lama Shenpen has an interesting discussion with a student about how we can begin to understand these connections. View their full conversation: https://tinyurl.com/yd2r5yep
Each week Lama Shenpen answers a student’s question. The students are studying her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training course. Become one of Lama Shenpen’s students and ask her a question, Lama loves questions!
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: