Isolation Inspiration from Lama Shenpen’s Life Story: What can we learn from her life spent in retreat?

With a life spent in long periods of isolation in meditation retreats, both here in the UK and the Himalayas during the 1970s, Lama Shenpen can teach us a lot about living in lock-down during the Coronavirus pandemic. How might we use this time as an opportunity to benefit ourselves and others through meditation, reflection and insight? Continue reading Isolation Inspiration from Lama Shenpen’s Life Story: What can we learn from her life spent in retreat?

Prostration Practice During the Pandemic Lock-down: Do we prostrate ‘to’ or ‘for’ something?

We prostrate to the shrine to receive the blessing of the whole Mandala of Awakening – the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – the direction our path is heading – the way we want always to be going. By this means we draw our whole world – our whole personal mandala into the Mandala of Awakening and so we are doing for everyone. Continue reading Prostration Practice During the Pandemic Lock-down: Do we prostrate ‘to’ or ‘for’ something?

A message from Lama Shenpen to her students practising during this difficult time

Dear All I hope you are all coping well in the difficult circumstances we all find ourselves in.  We at the Hermitage are better off than most as there are four of us here together and we have plenty of space to move around in.  It must be very taxing for those cooped up in small houses together with multiple family members all day for … Continue reading A message from Lama Shenpen to her students practising during this difficult time

A Conversation About Buddhist Practice During the Coronavirus Crisis

Samsara always was, is and will be uncertain and as long as we cling to it we will be trapped in fear even if we temporarily feel secure sometimes… let the crisis galvanise us into realising it’s true that death can come at any time and be as ready for it as we can with a heart full of love, compassion and confidence in our true nature. Continue reading A Conversation About Buddhist Practice During the Coronavirus Crisis