This is a wonderful teaching from Lama Shenpen on the Metta Sutta and the power of love and compassion: “Love and compassion are not contrived, it’s our default nature. You can’t crank it up, the more we let go of our struggle and anxiety, the more it comes out naturally…” Continue reading Video: The Metta Sutta
Lama Shenpen will be teaching at a retreat weekend event in Birmingham, UK in March. Practising Dharma in Everyday Life, 22nd – 24th March, will be a weekend retreat to explore how we can bring the profound teachings of Dharma and Meditation into our busy lives. Continue reading Teaching Weekend in March
When we say ‘past’ we mean ‘everything that has gone by, it’s not now’. Of course, although logically we can understand that, the habit to cling to the past is so strong it is almost impossible to maintain that understanding. It is not how we are programmed and that has to be faced – we are deluding ourselves all the time that we know something we don’t know. We don’t know the past that has gone. In fact the whole way we think of time is an illusion. That is a tough truth to face. Continue reading Student’s Question: Does time exist? Does anything arise? What’s the difference between Totality and relative existence?
How can we align with our Buddhist practice over the Christmas period? In the extract below from Lama Shenpen’s book ‘The Mayayana Feast Offering‘ we can see how we might approach Christmas as we would a feast practice, with the opportunity to practice Dana (generosity/giving), sharing food, and generating Punya (the power of goodness) which can be dedicated for the benefit of others: Lama … Continue reading The Power of Goodness & Giving: Buddhist Practice at Christmas
A student shares their experience of dealing with difficult thoughts, emotions and tricks of the ego in their meditation, making it difficult to practice. Continue reading Student’s Question: Dealing with Difficult Emotions in Meditation
A brief answer to this deceptively simple question is that meditation is what we say we are doing when we set time aside to become aware of our experience, so that we can deepen our understanding of it. It’s about learning how to be rather than doing anything. Continue reading What is Meditation?
Lama Shenpen gave a teaching on 10th November from The Hermitage retreat centre in North Wales, on the subject of ‘Vaster Vision’ one of the themes of the Living the Awakened Heart Training. These themes are all contained within the Discovering the Heart and Buddhism (DHB) and the Trusting the Heart of Buddhism (THB) courses. Continue reading Video: Vaster Vision