Video: What’s really going on when we feel our meditation isn’t working?

Lama Shenpen answers a question on meditation from a teaching given in 2014. What’s really going on when we feel our meditation isn’t working? Is it really ‘not working’? How should we reflect on this, what insight might we be missing?  Continue reading Video: What’s really going on when we feel our meditation isn’t working?

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What is it that brings us back to the present in meditation? Is it the ‘Heart Wish’?

You are right when you link what brings you back to the present to the ‘Heart Wish’. It is a completely intuitive movement, isn’t it? You find you can do it and you find it feels good and right and satisfies your heart somehow. Your heart knows this is the right direction… Continue reading What is it that brings us back to the present in meditation? Is it the ‘Heart Wish’?

Meditation doesn’t mean withdrawing from the world, so how do we remain ‘resting in spaciousness’ while still interacting with the world?

…In order to manifest at all there has to be the story line – the time dimension to the manifestation… Taking Refuge and following the Bodhisattva path is a positive story line – it is important to have positive story lines or we wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning. Continue reading Meditation doesn’t mean withdrawing from the world, so how do we remain ‘resting in spaciousness’ while still interacting with the world?

How to set up a regular meditation practice

Having reflected on the heart-wish and decided that meditation is what you want to do, commit yourself to the discipline of a regular meditation schedule. It takes conscious thought and planning to establish and maintain a meditation practice. Our initial resolve to meditate can easily be eroded by the busyness of our daily lives, by our commitments and by the force of habits pulling us … Continue reading How to set up a regular meditation practice

Buddhist meditation, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, Lama Shenpen Hookham

What is The Meditator’s Verse?

Here, there is nothing to remove and nothing to add. The one who sees the truth of being, as it is, By seeing the truth, is liberated. In our group meditation sessions at the Awakened Heart Sangha, this verse is read out by the person leading the session (the Omzay), about five minutes before the end of each session. It is a verse from the … Continue reading What is The Meditator’s Verse?

Why can an insight arising in meditation cause panic?

The panic reaction is as deep as samsara [the endless cycle of birth and death] itself. There would be no samsara if there were no panic. Sometimes we let things get so close to the edge that the panic manifests as raw panic and we have to start working with the reality of that – not running away or trying to avoid it. Continue reading Why can an insight arising in meditation cause panic?