Avidya Ignorance Lama Shenpen Hookham UK Tibetan Buddhist teacher

The power of Avidya – primordial ignorance – is an expression of the fundamental quality of sensitivity.

You could think of it as a kind of distorted compassion. Having failed to recognise openness, clarity and sensitivity as the true nature of reality, avidya tries to protect a separate individual self from the overwhelming nature of these qualities. Continue reading The power of Avidya – primordial ignorance – is an expression of the fundamental quality of sensitivity.

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

How do the words heart and mind resonate within you? Why is this important?

“When we say ‘heart’ – something resonates and we can sort of trace that resonance back to its source which is that depth within the essence of our being that contains all that is most meaningful – the word comes from there, so when we follow it back we sort of dissolve into that meaning somehow…” Continue reading How do the words heart and mind resonate within you? Why is this important?

Video: Meaning of Chitta – The Heart-Mind

Lama Shenpen explains the Buddhist concept of Chitta in this short video made earlier this year. In Buddhism, the chitta, the heart-mind is one, but in the West there is a gulf between the two. We have to really work at connecting them together to understand the full meaning of chitta and Bodhichitta. Lama Shenpen explains how important this is, because if chitta is translated … Continue reading Video: Meaning of Chitta – The Heart-Mind