Having the title of lama is not without its problems. The very title itself invites projections of various kinds. However, to say one is not a lama seems to imply that one is not qualified to teach. There are problems whether one uses the title or not. One reason for this is that the term is used in such a general way that it is unclear what it implies even among Tibetans, let alone among Westerners… Continue reading How did Lama Shenpen become a Lama?
There is no use in trying to run away from life. It follows you wherever you go. Sometimes we are seduced by ideals and feel we have to rush off to find the ideal situation in which to practice or to create a perfect world somehow. But it’s all notions and ideas. It means one is always on the run looking everywhere but here… Continue reading Does being a Dharma practitioner mean retreating from the ‘real world’? Lama Shenpen on practising here and now
Even our enemies can become our gurus if we learn patience and forbearance from them. Texts can be our guru; the world around us can become our guru. This is because the guru is the all-pervading and timeless compassionate action of the Buddha’s mandala of awakening, which is reaching out to us through all the circumstances of our life…. Continue reading Understanding The Guru Principle
Details of an upcoming retreat on Meditation on Emptiness with Lama Shenpen and a teaching and book launch event on The Guru Principle. Continue reading Upcoming Events: Meditation on Emptiness Retreat & Book Launch & Teaching Event
Once you understand deeply that Buddha Nature is all pervading and time and space are illusory – then clearly the Buddha is truly present at all times and we are constantly in the presence of the Buddha… Continue reading What does it mean to come in contact with the Buddha and how do we experience this?
It’s an interesting question which harks back to the life of the Buddha where Ananda doesn’t take the hint and omits to request the Buddha to remain in this world. It is a question of tendrel (auspicious connections) Continue reading Why do we pray for Enlightened Beings to remain in this world, surely they are always here?
We have to be prepared to just go on being kind and compassionate forever. This is always going to be needed even though we cannot make others happy. We are limited at present because we do not really believe we have any power to help much. But the Buddhas say our power to help others is limitless. We don’t believe it because we don’t understand the true nature of our being, or of others… Continue reading How do I wish all beings to be happy when there is unavoidable suffering in the world?
it is never too late… Now that you have a better understanding you can help him by recalling both his and your all-pervading Buddha Nature in which nothing is ever lost. Continue reading Is there anything we can do now to help people who have died a long time ago?
Interesting distinctions are being made here. We all know the laziness of just not wanting to bother ourselves too much. It might be that one part of us thinks something would be good to do but another part says ‘yes but…maybe later’. If you actually thought it was not good to do then it wouldn’t be laziness, it would be a difference of opinion… Continue reading What are the different types of laziness that can prevent us from practising Dharma?
We all face difficulties individually that we open to and treat as practice rather than thinking ‘I can’t practice because of difficulties’. What we mean is I am practising but it’s still difficult. There is no need to say ‘I can’t practice’ – even when one feels so uninspired that even practice feels flat – that is our practice isn’t it? Continue reading Welcoming Difficulties as the Path