How can we practise with the antidote to the ‘near enemies’ of the Four Apramanas? Correcting distortions of Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy & Equanimity

If love is wishing others well and feeling connected in a trusting and open way, then when we notice we have an agenda such as ‘I would love you if you were not so….’ – we can acknowledge that judgemental quality as our own desire and attachment and work with how to become more gentle, open and generous. Continue reading How can we practise with the antidote to the ‘near enemies’ of the Four Apramanas? Correcting distortions of Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy & Equanimity

Weekend Retreat with Lama Shenpen: The Seven Points of Mind Training

Lama Shenpen continues teaching on this year’s theme of Love and Compassion by exploring the classic text from Atisha on the Seven points of Mind training. From next Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July. Booking form HERE. Lama Shenpen will be talking about the nature of our compassionate heart as Openness, Clarity and Sensitivity. These teachings will also introduce the theme of how to incorporate … Continue reading Weekend Retreat with Lama Shenpen: The Seven Points of Mind Training

How do you practise Love & Compassion when you’re dealing with fear?

As long as we haven’t realised our True Nature we will always be subject to fear and suffering.  Whether we are having an easy time at the moment or a hard time – the situation can change suddenly for any of us at any time. That doesn’t stop us accessing the love and compassion of our Buddha Nature. It just means that we don’t necessarily have nice relaxed cosy feelings associated with that Continue reading How do you practise Love & Compassion when you’re dealing with fear?

Limitless Love & Compassion Online Retreat 1st – 5th May

Loin Lama Shenpen and the Awakened Heart Sangha for a 4 day retreat with daily meditation sessions and teachings on Lojong mind training and Tonglen. 
The retreat starts on Friday 1st May at 7pm BST and continues until Tuesday 5th May at 1pm. 
The retreat is available to everyone and will be broadcast live on Zoom and YouTube. Continue reading Limitless Love & Compassion Online Retreat 1st – 5th May

Is our need for love driven by an unconscious recognition that we are not separate?

When NHS workers and others risk their lives on a daily basis in order to help others – somehow this gives their life meaning – working alongside others doing the same thing gives their life even more meaning – life is about the joy at the interface between ourselves and others; distinct yet not separate. Continue reading Is our need for love driven by an unconscious recognition that we are not separate?

Training ourselves to appreciate simple pleasures that expand the heart

Spend time doing things that touch, move or expand your heart It may be simple things… Be conscious of how the whole experience feels – the joy in the heart and the sense of freedom and space to enjoy yourself. The sense of joy and freedom is coming from the chitta. – the essence of your being. Continue reading Training ourselves to appreciate simple pleasures that expand the heart

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