How did Lama Shenpen become a Lama?

Having the title of lama is not without its problems.  The very title itself invites projections of various kinds.  However, to say one is not a lama seems to imply that one is not qualified to teach.  There are problems whether one uses the title or not.  One reason for this is that the term is used in such a general way that it is unclear what it implies even among Tibetans, let alone among Westerners… Continue reading How did Lama Shenpen become a Lama?

Lama Shenpen with Gendun Rinpoche

Gendun Rinpoche & Supernormal Powers

Gendun Rinpoche did seem to be able to work miracles. The summer of 1976 brought a huge drought across Europe which went on for many months. Christian bishops and priests were praying for rain and still it didn’t rain. Gendun Rinpoche started to pray for rain too. One of his faithful French disciples who lived in a makeshift shelter in a field on a nearby hill was convinced that Gendun Rinpoche was about to conjure up a storm. Continue reading Gendun Rinpoche & Supernormal Powers

Meeting Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

He was about forty at the time, small in stature, with the walk and presence of a samurai warrior.  There was something very direct and yet very kind in everything he said or did.  Having shown him into his room, I sat down in the semi-darkness of the gathering dusk to listen to him talking and felt an immediate sense of rightness and connection.  Continue reading Meeting Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

Short Video on: ‘Intentionality’ – the power of putting our heart into something

A short 2 minute video of Lama Shenpen on ‘intentionality’ and the power that comes from setting an intention and putting our heart into it:
“If your purpose and the meaning of your life is seeking the Truth about the fundamental nature of our experience and you follow that through, I can tell you it gets very, very interesting!” Continue reading Short Video on: ‘Intentionality’ – the power of putting our heart into something

UK Female Buddhist Teacher Lama Shenpen Hookham

Excerpt from Keeping the Dalai Lama Waiting & Other Stories – Karma Thinley Rinpoche & the Snake – what would you have done?

In the video below Lama Shenpen introduces the story of Karma Thinley Rinpoche and the Snake, and describes how she likes to leave some of the stories in her book open ended, in order to ask the reader, what would you have done? What spiritual teaching would you have received if you were in Lama’s place? What have you taken away from the story? Read the full excerpt below: Continue reading Excerpt from Keeping the Dalai Lama Waiting & Other Stories – Karma Thinley Rinpoche & the Snake – what would you have done?

How Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Directed Lama Shenpen to North-west Wales

The following is a series of excerpt from Lama Shenpen’s life story book, published in May 2020: Keeping the Dalai Lama Waiting & Other Stories – An English Woman’s Journey to Becoming a Buddhist Lama. In the passages below we learn about the extraordinary circumstances that led Lama Shenpen to be based in North Wales – due to a divination and prophecy by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Continue reading How Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Directed Lama Shenpen to North-west Wales

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?