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!

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

The Essence of Meditation

Buddhist quote, the essence of meditation is the confidence to simply be
The essence of meditation practice

“The essence of meditation practice is the confidence to simply be. With no sense that you have to do anything or change anything”. This quote from Lama Shenpen Hookham describes the radical simplicity of the approach taken in Formless Meditation.

Rooted in the Dzogchen and Mahamudra meditation lineages of Tibetan Buddhism the Formless Meditation practice requires us to have the bravery to turn directly towards our experience, good or bad with radical acceptance.

Whether this is the first meditation practice that you learn or one that you come to after years of complex meditations, mantra recitation and visualisation practices, it is the one that cuts to the heart of the matter, the one that we always have to come back to.

To learn more about Formless Meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, join us at our weekly meditation group in Liverpool.

 

 

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.

Meditation & Boredom

Buddhist quote on boredom in meditation
Lama Shenpen teaches the Dharma

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:

http://tinyurl.com/yd3tvhhy