Video teaching: Overview of Lama Shenpen’s Living the Awakened Heart Training

Lama Shenpen gave a teaching in November, giving an overview of her Living the Awakened Heart Training, describing how Dharma is taught in the Awakened Heart Sangha. In the video Lama Shenpen explains all the different areas of practice and training, and how they relate to each other and the tradition. Continue reading Video teaching: Overview of Lama Shenpen’s Living the Awakened Heart Training

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Video Teaching: Confidence

Lama Shenpen gave a teaching last Saturday from The Hermitage in North Wales on ‘Confidence’ one of the themes and areas covered in her Discovering the Heart of Buddhism course, part of Living the Awakened Heart Training. Lama talks about discovering the inherent confidence that lies within us all, when we start to uncover and get in touch with our true nature – our Buddha … Continue reading Video Teaching: Confidence

Why do Buddhists recite Liturgy – prayers, chanting etc – and how can we best relate to that?

There are many benefits of reciting liturgy. One important benefit is that as we focus on the words and meaning, even just intuitively without really understanding them, our attention is naturally drawn to a single point and stabilizes. The more the words speak to our heart the easier it is to focus on them, because we are being drawn towards their significance. Continue reading Why do Buddhists recite Liturgy – prayers, chanting etc – and how can we best relate to that?

The Trouble with Truth: Confusing the terms Relative and Absolute Truth – Why Lama Shenpen Prefers to teach about One Truth.

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.

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How does Lama Shenpen tailor her teachings for a Western audience?

I start where people are. I start with what is motivating people to come to learn about Buddhism in the first place. They are looking for a spiritual path, for meaning, for truth, for peace of mind, for a path to happiness, for a way of overcoming their feelings of hopelessness and lack of direction in life. They are looking for something that will make their life make sense to them and enable them to live out their deep wish to be of benefit to others and to the world. Continue reading How does Lama Shenpen tailor her teachings for a Western audience?

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Student’s Question: Is confidence being able to acknowledge anxiety and make friends with it?

Can we make friends with our anxiety? Is this having confidence in our meditation practice? “For us confidence would consist of acknowledging our fear and anxiety and turning towards them rather than panicking and trying to run away from our feeling, pretending it’s not there or desperately trying to change it into something else that we think we should be feeling.” Continue reading Student’s Question: Is confidence being able to acknowledge anxiety and make friends with it?

Video: Prayer in Buddhism – Do you pray in Buddhism?

Lama Shenpen answers the questions: Do you pray in Buddhism? Who are you praying to? What for? Does it do any good? Does prayer mean you have to believe in something to pray to?  Prayer is strongly connected to the idea of (another unpopular word!) ‘Worship’. We talk about worship in Christian tradition. But even the Buddha when he reached enlightenment asked himself, ‘now I’m foremost in the world, and I’m the great enlightened Buddha, what shall I worship, who shall I worship? Continue reading Video: Prayer in Buddhism – Do you pray in Buddhism?