Lama Shenpen will be giving her first teaching of the new year on Saturday 13th February as part of the Teaching & Meditation weekend running from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th February. Lama Shenpen will introduce this year’s Living the Awakened Heart teaching theme of Insight into Emptiness, with the focus of this teaching being Dependent Origination. The weekend will continue with teachings from Dashu, … Continue reading Lama Shenpen Teaching in February on Dependent Origination
It is interesting isn’t it? I remember being amazed to see Tibetan Lamas looking totally absorbed, listening to one of their number talking about simple things like the precepts and Refuge, the six realms and so on, and being clearly moved by the teachings even though they had heard the same teachings from childhood.
I got the sense that for them it was like being born into a pure realm where they were hearing only the Dharma and they were just rejoicing at being there and hearing the truth of it – as if it were also a meditation for them – a reminder of deep truths and always with the possibility this time it might go just that bit deeper and become a genuine realisation coming to them and changing their mind forever… Continue reading Do we need to listen to the same teachings again and again?
Lama Shenpen answers a meditation student’s question on the effect of the prayers on the people who have died, especially in view of the karma and its results. “…I even find it convincing that because our hearts are all one what we wish and feel about others can directly affect them.” Continue reading Heart Connections with the Deceased
Lama Shenpen Hookham talks to a meditation student about deepening their Dharma practice. “Having said that, I notice I find distractions and entertainment interesting phenomena. We can sometimes feel confused as to what is a distraction on the one hand and what is obsessiveness on the other – but this is an important edge for all of us! We are all seeking the wisdom to be able to get the right touch with this – not too tight and not too loose.” Continue reading Buddhist Practice Can Take Many Forms
Video: Teachings on the The Tibetan Buddhist word “Samaya” which is often translated as connection or bond. It applies to our relationships with our teachers, our friends, family and society. Continue reading Samaya: Bonds and Connections