Another way of thinking of what meeting Buddhas face to face means is to actually break through the limitations of our present conception of time and space. The tradition says that this is actually possible and is a genuine experience that arises for the Bodhisattva at a certain stage of his or her progress towards Enlightenment. Continue reading What does it mean to meet the Buddha ‘face to face’?
The Shrimaladevi Sutra is a very important source for our tradition that goes right back to a person who lived at the time of Shakyamuni. It is great that that person is actually a woman and not a monastic. That feels very refreshing somehow. I don’t say that because I am a woman particularly. I think everyone, men and women, like to see that it is not just men and not just monastics that are powerful practitioners… Continue reading Long read article: Who was Queen Shrimala and Why is the Shrimaladevi Sutra important?
If the sutra were simply saying form is an illusion and so is unreliable and not ultimate reality, why would it then go on to say ’emptiness is form’? Continue reading A Conversation with Lama Shenpen about Emptiness and the Heart Sutra
‘Mind’, ‘heart’ and ‘awareness’ all work in various contexts – but not in a particularly precise way – but look out for when mind seems to be taking you into your head and thinking… Continue reading How should we interpret the word ‘Chitta’ – the heart-mind – as we take our understanding and practice deeper?
Last Saturday Lama Shenpen was invited to speak at a prestigious event organised by the Tsadra Foundation to launch their Buddha Nature Resource website. The online Zoom event featured short talks on Buddha Nature by the prestigious guest speakers, including a special recorded address by HH Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje Continue reading Video: Buddha Nature Event with HH the Karmapa
The process of Awakening relies on the fact that we already have within ourselves the power to Awaken and that power is none other than the power of the truth. The more open and honest we are, the more that truth reveals itself and the more we experience its inherent wisdom and compassion.
What we do not realize is that all that wisdom and compassion is emanating from the nature of reality itself, the reality to which the Buddha Awakened. Continue reading We already have within ourselves the power to Awaken
Lama Shenpen gave a teaching a few weeks ago from The Hermitage in North Wales, on Buddha Nature. Watch below or on our YouTube channel. Her next teaching will be given on Saturday 28th September. The teaching can be attended in person in North Wales or watched live online via Zoom. Full details about how to book or attend online are on the event page … Continue reading Video: Lama Shenpen Teaching on Buddha Nature
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
Confidence in needed in order to align yourself with the heart-essence and its three qualities of openness, clarity and sensitivity. Sometimes in Buddhism it is called faith, but really it is a kind of confidence that there is the ‘heart’ of openness, clarity and sensitivity to be discovered in our being. Buddhism teaches that it is there in its completeness to be recognised, and to be relied on. It is something that we can take refuge in. Continue reading The Importance of Confidence in Buddhist Practice