Trungpa Rinpoche Remembered

Great Buddhist Teachers Liverpool
Trungpa Rinpoche with his teacher H.H Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – two Great Buddhist Masters

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the passing (Parinirvana) of the great Buddhist Teacher and meditation master – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987).

Trungpa Rinpoche received a classical monastic education in Tibet before the Chinese invasion. The last generation to do so. The eleventh Tulku in the Trungpa lineage of incarnations, he was trained in both the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions and was head of the Surmang group of monasteries.

Leaving Tibet he became an early pioneer of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He studied at Oxford before founding Samye Ling monastery in Scotland with Akong Rinpoche. Later, he founded the Shambhala tradition in the USA, which later became a worldwide Buddhist organisation.

A prolific author and discoverer of secret treasure teachings (termas), Trungpa Rinpoche was widely regarded as an awakened master, translator, calligrapher, poet and brilliant orator.

Founder of the Awakened Heart Sangha, Lama Shenpen Hookham was advised to travel to India by Trungpa Rinpoche. It was on his advice that she met her main teachers and spent many years in meditation retreat.

Later, Lama Shenpen married Rigdzin Shikpo, one of Trungpa Rinpoche’s early and senior British students, further cementing the lineage connections.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche’s son, and heir to the Shambhala lineage,  told Lama Shenphen that he regards the Awakened Heart Sangha and Shambhala International as being closely related, with positive karmic bonds.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/222732668″>Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche on Trungpa Rinpoche</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/chogyamtrungpachronicles”>Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

In this short video Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, the tulku (incarnation) of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Trungpa’s most eminent teachers, rejoices in the remarkable and groundbreaking life of the 11th Trungpa Rinpoche.

Why not find out more about the Kagyu / Nyingma lineage of teachings at the Woolton, Liverpool meditation group, every Tuesday at 7pm.

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!

Loving Kindness

We will be meeting tonight (Tuesday 6th March) to meditate together and to study and discuss a Buddhist teaching called the Metta Sutta or The Discourse on Loving Kindness.

Tonight’s meditation class is in Woolton and starts at 7pm. As usual, the class is open to all and beginners are always very 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

Losar Celebrations

Buddhist retreat centre the Hermitate of the Awakened Heart
Hermitage of the Awakened Heart

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.

All welcome!

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).

Please complete the booking form here to reserve your place.

There is no charge for this event, optional donations are always welcome.

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.