Are We Fooling Ourselves? Lama Shenpen talks to a student about checking that our motivation and practice is genuine

We don’t have to be perfect before we begin – so yes we do start off taking Refuge and practising Dharma with mixed motives. There is no point in developing renunciation if people don’t have a sense of something they trust in first.  If they don’t trust in anything at all then what is the point of banging on about suffering and impermanence? Continue reading Are We Fooling Ourselves? Lama Shenpen talks to a student about checking that our motivation and practice is genuine

What is Real? The Path to Truth & Lasting Happiness

We need to discover what is real – there is a path that leads to discovery of what’s real. Samsara is hard! But if you are on the path there is a sense that even the suffering is somehow a sign of deepening understanding. Without the suffering we might think it was all going to be easy.  The suffering tells us that it’s not easy and that we need patience and determination. We need to slow down, relax and reflect gently. Continue reading What is Real? The Path to Truth & Lasting Happiness

dharma practice can take many forms, Buddhist quote from Lama Shenpen

Buddhist Practice Can Take Many Forms

Lama Shenpen Hookham talks to a meditation student about deepening their Dharma practice. “Having said that, I notice I find distractions and entertainment interesting phenomena. We can sometimes feel confused as to what is a distraction on the one hand and what is obsessiveness on the other – but this is an important edge for all of us! We are all seeking the wisdom to be able to get the right touch with this – not too tight and not too loose.” Continue reading Buddhist Practice Can Take Many Forms