The Yogini Project have released a preview interview with Lama Shenpen, conducted a few years ago in Boudhanath, Nepal at Tekchokling nunnery. In this wonderful short talks Lama talks about when her teacher Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche introduced her to teachings on Buddha Nature and how this helped to connect her to devotional practices such as praying: Continue reading Video: Lama Shenpen Interview on The Yogini Project
Lama Shenpen is currently in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she gave a talk last week at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute on her specialist subject – ‘The Shentong Interpretation of Tathagatagarbha Doctrine’, listen below: “The Shentong interpretation of Tathagatagarbha doctrine does not imply there is no need for the path. However, according to Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, it does try to counter an ambitious, goal orientated approach … Continue reading Lama Shenpen Audio Teaching
Just wake up and look. Where are they? What are they? Who told them to come? Who told them to go? Just look straight at them – how long do they last? How many of them are there? What is the sound of their voices? This kind of direct looking is what meditation at its best is. Continue reading A Student’s Question: How can we work with judgemental voices during meditation?
The Heart Sutra tells us that what is known in the ordinary grasping way, by the complicated mind that has turned away from the simplicity of Reality, is actually false and not real. It all lacks self-nature Continue reading Article: Understanding the Heart Sutra
On Saturday 30th March Lama Shenpen gave a teaching from The Hermitage, on Vaster Vision – the Buddhist World view, the areas of training she teaches as part of the Living the Awakened Heart Training which includes pranidhanas – or aspirational prayers. See below or watch on our YouTube Channel. Continue reading Video: Vaster Vision & Pranidhanas
We have to be strong and stand up for ourselves, but not in the sense of trying to prove anything. We have to learn to respond to forces that come to us from outside in an open, clear and sensitive manner and that doesn’t mean caving in all the time. It often means really allowing that force to express itself as we open to it and then taking the energy of the force itself into the spaciousness of our being. There we will find an appropriate response – even if not at first. Continue reading How can we balance not getting walked over and letting go of our ego grasping habits at the same time?
I like to emphasise that there is one Truth, we already intuit it, we are already it, and the best things about us are related to that. We’re already ‘there’ but we overlay it with all these doubts and confusion, which is what we’re working with. Continue reading The Trouble with Truth: Confusing the terms Relative and Absolute Truth – Why Lama Shenpen Prefers to teach about One Truth.