Training ourselves to appreciate simple pleasures that expand the heart

Spend time doing things that touch, move or expand your heart It may be simple things… Be conscious of how the whole experience feels – the joy in the heart and the sense of freedom and space to enjoy yourself. The sense of joy and freedom is coming from the chitta. – the essence of your being. Continue reading Training ourselves to appreciate simple pleasures that expand the heart

A message from Lama Shenpen to her students practising during this difficult time

Dear All I hope you are all coping well in the difficult circumstances we all find ourselves in.  We at the Hermitage are better off than most as there are four of us here together and we have plenty of space to move around in.  It must be very taxing for those cooped up in small houses together with multiple family members all day for … Continue reading A message from Lama Shenpen to her students practising during this difficult time

Article: What does it mean to ‘take Refuge’?

In order to perform the action of going for Refuge, we need something to direct our action towards. We need something to set in the place of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha at centre of the mandala of sacred space that we are creating. The custom is to use a Buddha image to represent the Buddha and a text of the teachings to represent the Dharma. The Sangha is present in the person who is going to give the Refuge and any other practitioners present at the ceremony. Continue reading Article: What does it mean to ‘take Refuge’?

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?