How can we practise with the antidote to the ‘near enemies’ of the Four Apramanas? Correcting distortions of Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy & Equanimity

If love is wishing others well and feeling connected in a trusting and open way, then when we notice we have an agenda such as ‘I would love you if you were not so….’ – we can acknowledge that judgemental quality as our own desire and attachment and work with how to become more gentle, open and generous. Continue reading How can we practise with the antidote to the ‘near enemies’ of the Four Apramanas? Correcting distortions of Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy & Equanimity

Weekend Retreat with Lama Shenpen: The Seven Points of Mind Training

Lama Shenpen continues teaching on this year’s theme of Love and Compassion by exploring the classic text from Atisha on the Seven points of Mind training. From next Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July. Booking form HERE. Lama Shenpen will be talking about the nature of our compassionate heart as Openness, Clarity and Sensitivity. These teachings will also introduce the theme of how to incorporate … Continue reading Weekend Retreat with Lama Shenpen: The Seven Points of Mind Training

Video: The importance of having clarity of intention – our intentions in this life carry on to the next

In the short video below Lama Shenpen talks about the importance of having clarity of intention and following through on whatever intention you have – when things get tough, we don’t have to abandon our goal, we just return to the original intention. “…That’s a really good message for this time, that it isn’t all hopeless and useless… Continue reading Video: The importance of having clarity of intention – our intentions in this life carry on to the next

mudita rejoicing in the good qualities of others

How does rejoicing in the good qualities of others make those qualities arise in us?

It is the same principle as pranidhanas  – you think of qualities that you admire and your heart responds and you find yourself wishing to be like that oneself – as you orientate yourself towards that wish those qualities are already being awakened within you. Continue reading How does rejoicing in the good qualities of others make those qualities arise in us?

What Does The Term Tantra Mean & How Can We Begin To Understand It?

Tantra is much talked about in Tibetan Buddhism but is notoriously difficult to define.  Lots of things are said about it but when you look at what is called tantra in practice – well it doesn’t conform to what is said about it. No wonder people are confused! The term is in danger of being rendered meaningless.  Many of the ways it is defined do not define it at all… Continue reading What Does The Term Tantra Mean & How Can We Begin To Understand It?

Isolation Inspiration from Lama Shenpen’s Life Story: What can we learn from her life spent in retreat?

With a life spent in long periods of isolation in meditation retreats, both here in the UK and the Himalayas during the 1970s, Lama Shenpen can teach us a lot about living in lock-down during the Coronavirus pandemic. How might we use this time as an opportunity to benefit ourselves and others through meditation, reflection and insight? Continue reading Isolation Inspiration from Lama Shenpen’s Life Story: What can we learn from her life spent in retreat?