Join Lama Shenpen’s Living the Awakened Heart Training

Lama Shenpen Hookham British female Buddhist teacherJoin other students around the world who are participating in the Living the Awakened Heart Training – the structured, comprehensive, supported, distance learning programme in Buddhist meditation, reflection and insight.

The training, which is open to all, brings the profound Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachings to a Western audience in an experiential, accessible way, through ‘spiral learning.’

Discover the Truth for yourself: Follow a Buddhist approach of looking directly, honestly and systematically at your own experience. All you need is an open & inquiring mind.

Connect to the Heart: Explore the most profound and fundamental Buddhist teachings about the heart of our being, essential for everyone whether new or very experienced.

Develop your meditation practice: Deepen your exploration by allowing an effortless mindfulness to come naturally in meditation and daily life awareness. From this simplicity, insight arises by itself.

Receive regular guidance: Teachers and mentors offer personal advice based on their own experience, sharing with you the fruits of their practice in the Mahamudra & Dzogchen traditions. The training is presented in books, online courses and group discussions, videos, audio recordings, plus teaching days and events that can be attended in person.

Join like-minded people: Become part of a spiritual community sharing inspiration & discussing challenges, connected together to the lineage of those who have walked the path before.

Explore at your own pace: You set the pace, you can engage entirely from your own home, when and how you like. The training is flexible so it fits with your life.

The training is provided by the Awakened Heart Sangha – the community of students, teachers and supporters – on a donation pay-what-you-can-afford basis, in line with Buddhist principles.

Lama Shenpen and visiting Lama Rigdzin Shikpo, teaching in Birmingham 2019

The Living the Awakened Heart training can provide the tools for a whole lifetime of practice for those who are seeking it, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced meditator.

Lama Shenpen has spent over 50 years studying and practising Dharma with some of the foremost Tibetan Buddhist teachers of our time and was asked to return to the West to teach, where she has worked tirelessly to translate and teach the essence of Mahamudra and Dzogchen to her western students, to help them better understand and relate to fundamental teachings through careful use of jargon-free text, that helps them to follow the path to discovering Truth through becoming more and more aware of their own, direct experience.

The posts on this website give a flavour of the enormous breadth and depth of teachings and profound topics covered in the Living the Awakened Heart training, through featured articles and questions asked by students. Join the training and ask Lama Shenpen a question yourself!

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If would like to make a donation or an offering in appreciation of Lama Shenpen’s teaching and help us to continue to support her activity, please do so here