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?
The essence of the actual feeling of suffering or pain (beyond all the conditioned thoughts and feelings that are associated with it) is nothing other than the fundamental quality of sensitivity that is the Indestructible Heart Essence. When we touch this we touch something that is profoundly sacred. Continue reading How does our experience of Dukkha – unsatisfactoriness & Suffering – connect to our innate quality of Sensitivity?
Lama Shenpen’s valuable teaching on integrating meditations on Love & Compassion with our daily life, recorded live on 8th August 2020. Catch up on all of Lama Shenpen’s teachings from this year (as well as teachings by other Awakened Heart Sangha teachers) on the theme of Love & Compassion, on the new mini site dedicated to these teachings HERE. If you would like to make … Continue reading Video: Integrating Meditation & Daily Life
A brief answer to this deceptively simple question is that meditation is what we say we are doing when we set time aside to become aware of our experience, so that we can deepen our understanding of it. It’s about learning how to be rather than doing anything. Continue reading What is Meditation?
Lama Shenpen gave a teaching on 10th November from The Hermitage retreat centre in North Wales, on the subject of ‘Vaster Vision’ one of the themes of the Living the Awakened Heart Training. These themes are all contained within the Discovering the Heart and Buddhism (DHB) and the Trusting the Heart of Buddhism (THB) courses. Continue reading Video: Vaster Vision
Lama Shenpen on our connection to others: “Our living connection with other beings is mysterious. We cannot find any boundary to our awareness and yet another being is another being to be loved and responded to. They are not just our imagination. So that living connection or boundary between one being and another is deeply mysterious and wonderful. It is the source of all joy … Continue reading Our Mysterious Connection With Others
I feel particularly joyful at receiving the news on October 11th that the two Karmapas met up in France to get to know each other on a personal basis and they have issued a statement of their intention to work together from now on for the sake of the precious Karma Kagyu tradition. As you know I have felt the split between the two … Continue reading The Two Karmapas
Yes, it is interesting that the words openness, clarity and sensitivity mean something straight off don’t they? You say to someone that you meditate or practice awareness and they might think you’re a bit odd. But if you say I try to be open, clear and sensitive people will think, well that’s good, even if they think you’re not much good at it! Continue reading Intuitively relating to the words Openness, Clarity & Sensitivity
Lama Shenpen advises a student who is questioning the practice of repeating a prayer over and over: “Always do the practice that comes most strongly from one’s heart, the practice that one has most confidence in.” Continue reading Follow your Heart
Lama Tashi Mannox’s Dharma Art work shop at The Hermitage in June, was a great success in all sorts of ways. I enjoyed talking to Lama Tashi in depth about what creativity means in terms of Buddha Nature and how to translate the English idea of creativity in Tibetan. They don’t seem to have one word for all that creativity means for us in English. … Continue reading Article: Dharma Art – What is Creativity in Dharma Terms?