How did Lama Shenpen become a Lama?

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?

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Does being a Dharma practitioner mean retreating from the ‘real world’? Lama Shenpen on practising here and now

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

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How do I wish all beings to be happy when there is unavoidable suffering in the world?

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?

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What are the different types of laziness that can prevent us from practising Dharma?

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?

Welcoming Difficulties as the Path

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