Intuitively relating to the words Openness, Clarity & Sensitivity

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

milarepa the singing yogin

Video: Teaching on Yogic Songs

Lama Shenpen teaching in 2017 on the tradition of Yogic Songs and singing, that’s particularly associated with the ‘Singing Yogin’ Milarepa, and with Lama’s teacher Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamsto Rinpoche. She explains the importance and value of songs for transmitting teachings, and the significance of learning yogic songs ‘by heart’. The Awakened Heart Sangha through Khenpo Rinpoche’s advice and blessing, continues this yogic singing tradition. He … Continue reading Video: Teaching on Yogic Songs

Article: Dharma Art – What is Creativity in Dharma Terms?

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?

Video: Meaning of Chitta – The Heart-Mind

Lama Shenpen explains the Buddhist concept of Chitta in this short video made earlier this year. In Buddhism, the chitta, the heart-mind is one, but in the West there is a gulf between the two. We have to really work at connecting them together to understand the full meaning of chitta and Bodhichitta. Lama Shenpen explains how important this is, because if chitta is translated … Continue reading Video: Meaning of Chitta – The Heart-Mind

Buddhist quote for Leeds - connections are more fundamental than time and space

Connections Outside Time & Space

Tibetan Buddhism talks about our connections (Tibetan: Tendrel) with each other as being lasting and meaningful and that they can continue between lives. “This is actually pointing to something extremely profound that one can only come to understand gradually as one comes to understand the full implications of emptiness or openness. What it means is that you cannot separate things off from each other and so there is no way we can ever escape our connections.” Continue reading Connections Outside Time & Space

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