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Do the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas hear us when we pray? What if we feel nothing is happening or changing?

Since we are inseparable from the Awakened Nature of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and their pranidhanas and adhistana [powerful blessing] pervade the Universe and the hearts of all beings – when we pray there is no way it cannot connect to the mandala of Awakening whether that seems to us to be happening or not. Continue reading Do the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas hear us when we pray? What if we feel nothing is happening or changing?

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Do we have to abandon rational thinking? A conversation about thinking, intuition and faith

Sane people think – rational people think. So why do you say we have to abandon rational thinking? I would say we need to abandon clinging to views, opinions and intellectual conclusions when opening to the true nature of reality… Continue reading Do we have to abandon rational thinking? A conversation about thinking, intuition and faith

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What’s the difference between passing experiences (nyams) and stable realisation?

There is no need to worry about having gained stability of full realisation or not because it does itself in its own time, and the signs of it are obvious – the important thing is to notice any instability and use it as a trigger of awareness. There are so many Dharma teachings to help with this. Continue reading What’s the difference between passing experiences (nyams) and stable realisation?

No More Samsara? A student writes: I’ve no interest in coming back for the sake of beings

It sounds as if you see coming back to benefit beings as somehow at odds with realising the True Nature of Reality.  We take the Bodhisattva vow in order to link directly into our true nature that is naturally caring and concerned for others – all others simply because they exist and are just like us. Linking into any other motivation is the slow path. Continue reading No More Samsara? A student writes: I’ve no interest in coming back for the sake of beings

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