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.

Meditation on Emptiness

Progressive Stages of meditation on emptiness audio book
A Classic work on Meditation

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: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/AHSHermitage