A Losar message from Lama Shenpen for these troubled times

It is important to keep a positive state of mind – practising the four apramanas with a heart full of love and faith in the Three Jewels.  Even in the darkest hour it is still only a dream and an illusion – the solution is to wake up and discover the true nature of our existence and our heart connection with all beings. Continue reading A Losar message from Lama Shenpen for these troubled times

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

The essence of the Dharma is love and compassion – so by using our energy to practice generosity, keep precepts, practise kshanti and meditation and develop wisdom in all we do is actually all about love and compassion – it is all about fulfilling our Bodhisattva aspiration to deliver all beings from suffering. The way we think and what we aspire for determines what eventually happens to us. So please keep up your good practice. 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?

Limitless love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy & Equalness – Four Immeasurable qualities to discover within ourselves

Although we are talking here of love, compassion and joy as if they were qualities that we have to develop, actually they are the natural responsiveness of our chitta (heart-mind) when it is completely unimpeded by the confusion arising from not recognising our true nature.  Continue reading Limitless love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy & Equalness – Four Immeasurable qualities to discover within ourselves

How is it possible to find a sense of well-being in pain and suffering?

The only good thing that can be said about feeling pain and suffering is that at least you are alive. It is very important to link into that constant feeling of aliveness as something good and inescapable. That is the goodness of your heart which can never be destroyed, even by death. Continue reading How is it possible to find a sense of well-being in pain and suffering?