Theories & Suffering

Theories of everything are OK but they do not address suffering, Buddhist quote from Lama Shenpen
Theories of Everything

In the third of four parts, Lama Shenpen answers a student’s question about her Buddhist lecture on “Milarepa And The Shepherd Boy” and the questions she has asked her students: “What can take knowledge itself as an object?”

“Why is recognising the not-self of the dharmas equivalent to realising Buddha Nature?” and “What has this to do with the personal mandala and its true nature as the three Kayas?” View this week’s question and response here: https://tinyurl.com/y8sambnh

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. For more information about the training visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training or why not come along to one of our meditation and Buddhism classes in Woolton, Liverpool? All welcome!

Connections

Connections exist outside time - buddhist quote for Liverpool meditation students
Connections are Mysterious

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!

For more information about the training visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training

Seeing Through Grasping

Buddhist quote for Liverpool grasping at what cannot be grasped
Grasping at what can’t be grasped

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.

For more information about meditation training in the Awakened Heart Sangha visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training

Practice from your Heart

heart advice form meditation students in Liverpool
Follow your Heart and confidence in meditation

Lama Shenpen gives meditation advice to a student about prayer and how to relate to praying and recitation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Read the full question and answer here:https://tinyurl.com/ybrmv3er

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.

You are Buddha

Buddha by nature. Lama Shenpen advises a meditation student at a difficult time in their life
You are Buddha by Nature

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:

http://tinyurl.com/yansecpv

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

Smile at Fear

Buddhist teacher and modern day master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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.

“Having found a name for itself, the ego has to constantly work to secure itself, because fundamentally it knows that it is not real and sound.” From the book Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery published by Shambhala Publications

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.