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Welcome to the Awakened Heart Sangha in Worcestershire. The AHS is a Tibetan Buddhist community led by Lama Shenpen Hookham, who is based at The Hermitage in North Wales, with local groups around the country.

We hold weekly group meditation and Dharma discussions in Worcester and the surrounding area for sangha members. We also organise other events such as meditation days, Dharma study sessions, pujas and feast offerings.

If you want to learn more about the Awakened Heart Sangha and the home study courses in meditation and Buddhism it offers, visit www.ahs.org.uk – or join our mailing list to be notified about any upcoming open sessions or teaching days in and around Worcestershire.

Feel free to Contact Us if you’d like any more information about Tibetan Buddhism or the type of Formless Meditation we practice.

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Summer Break & Diary Dates

We’re now on our Summer break, our weekly AHS group meditation and discussion sessions will resume in September.

There are some upcoming events for your diary:

The annual Discovering the Heart of Buddhism Retreat starting on 4th August, that can be joined online from your home. Find out more here. 

AHS teacher Dashu teaching mindfulness of body and breath in Birmingham on Saturday 3rd November. Full details here.

Discovering the Chitta

“Play with that edge between a sense of heart and a sense of mind-space…’ – a quote from Lama Shenpen about how to relate to the ‘chitta’ – the heart-mind in Buddhism.

The quote is from the Indestructible Heart Essence book, from the ‘Discovering the Heart of Buddhism’ course, part of Lama Shenpen’s Living the Awakened Heart Training  that we are all students of.

At our Tibetan Buddhist meditation, study and discussion group last night in Worcester, we were learning about the Chitta and how we in the west tend to separate our heart from our mind, which can lead to different and misinterpretations to Buddhist texts and practice.

Discover the Heart of Buddhism

As members of the Awakened Heart Sangha we’re studying Lama Shenpen’s Living the Awakened Heart Training – a distance learning/home study course in Tibetan Buddhist meditation, reflection and insight.

At our weekly Wednesday evening Tibetan Buddhist meditation sessions in Worcester, we’re now going through the training that starts with the Discovering the Heart of Buddhism course, from the first book ‘Indestructible Heart Essence’.

The training is designed especially for Westerners and is based on learning from your own experience, rather than academic learning or having to remember lots of Sanskrit or Tibetan terminology, yet it gets to the heart of the most profound Tibetan Buddhist teachings in Mahamudra and Dzogchen. It’s flexible and designed to fit around busy modern lifestyles, so you can set your own pace. 

“The training is a search for truth, a process of exploring our experience and coming to understand and relax into our true nature. In the midst of all the pain, doubt, hesitation, stress and confusion of our lives, there is something that keeps us going. We talk of losing heart and yet, somehow, there is something deep inside us that spurs us on, restores us and gives us hope.” from http://www.ahs.org.uk/training

The approach to the training is spiral learning, so the core themes of the course are ones we keep coming back to, so it is equally suitable for those who have practised meditation for some time and for those who are completely new to it. 

Some of our members have been through the course materials several times already, going deeper and more profoundly into the themes each time; others are just starting.

Our sessions in Worcester include meditation, reading, reflection and discussion, as well as tea and biscuits.

It’s really helpful to have a community of practitioners around you to support your meditation practice and study, and discussing our experiences, practice and thoughts each week as we go through the training course books, is beneficial and can be really inspiring!

If you’re interested in the Living the Awakened Heart Training you can find out much more and sign up at http://www.ahs.org.uk/training. 

If you join the course and would like to meet up with fellow meditation and Buddhist practitioners in Worcester, just get in touch!

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