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Is a pranidhana – a wishing prayer or the power of our wishes and intentions – just a concept?

The power of the pranidhana comes from the true nature of reality – the Indestructible Heart Essence – the Unborn and non-Compounded.  This never dies and is our Tathagatagarbha or Buddha Nature.  When it is no longer covered by confusion it has the power to spontaneously accomplish all it wishes and intends or has ever wished and intended. Continue reading Is a pranidhana – a wishing prayer or the power of our wishes and intentions – just a concept?

Video: Lama Shenpen Interview on The Yogini Project

The Yogini Project have released a preview interview with Lama Shenpen, conducted a few years ago in Boudhanath, Nepal at Tekchokling nunnery. In this wonderful short talks Lama talks about when her teacher Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche introduced her to teachings on  Buddha Nature and how this helped to connect her to devotional practices such as praying: Continue reading Video: Lama Shenpen Interview on The Yogini Project

Article: What is Mandala Principle? How can it help us connect to and understand the world we live in?

Mandala Principle is about the pattern and structure of everything that happens. The basic pattern is a centre or a central point from which everything else emanates. In Tibetan, the Sanskrit term ‘mandala’ is translated as kyilkor, which literally means a centre and a periphery. Every experience has this structure. Continue reading Article: What is Mandala Principle? How can it help us connect to and understand the world we live in?

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How does Lama Shenpen tailor her teachings for a Western audience?

I start where people are. I start with what is motivating people to come to learn about Buddhism in the first place. They are looking for a spiritual path, for meaning, for truth, for peace of mind, for a path to happiness, for a way of overcoming their feelings of hopelessness and lack of direction in life. They are looking for something that will make their life make sense to them and enable them to live out their deep wish to be of benefit to others and to the world. Continue reading How does Lama Shenpen tailor her teachings for a Western audience?

Letting go of judgmental attitudes and opinions

If you find it hard to let go of a critical and judgmental attitude towards yourself and others, remember that the fundamental quality of sensitivity is already your nature and the nature of others. We are not trying to create or maintain this. We are just trying to notice it. What we call ‘not feeling a sense of well-being’, is our sense of well-being responding to something that does not feel right.  Continue reading Letting go of judgmental attitudes and opinions

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Article: Five Uses of the Term Self in Buddhism

The question is whether ‘self’ has any meaning in Buddhism, since it speaks so much of ‘not-self’, which is a realization of the emptiness of the notion of self as we normally understand it. There could be an infinite number of layers to our sense of self, each of which would be a different kind of self. The coherent self that is the knower, the actor, the controller of a being is like the kernal of its associated personality, which supports and is supported by it. It is like a hard central core, which changes, depending on how deep into its nature one has gone. Each level of insight causes a collapse into a deeper, subtler, and more strongly held sense of self. Each level of insight brings one closer to what that self is in itself. Continue reading Article: Five Uses of the Term Self in Buddhism