Questions on Confidence: How does it relate to faith, trust and conviction? What is ego-centred confidence?

In general the English words confidence, faith, trust and conviction can be used synonymously depending on the context… our confidence grows as we gain in experience… ultimately this confidence becomes liberation – liberation from suffering – another name for it is Awakening. Continue reading Questions on Confidence: How does it relate to faith, trust and conviction? What is ego-centred confidence?

Lama Shenpen Hookham British female Buddhist teacher

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

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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?

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The Importance of Confidence in Buddhist Practice

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