“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, which we’re all studying.
At our weekly 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.
In the short video below Lama talks about the importance of understanding the correct translation of Chitta and how it effects our understanding and practice and relates to letting go of attachments that lead to suffering:
We had a small feast offering for our last weekly session in Worcester before our Christmas break. Feast practice is a traditional Buddhist activity and in the Awakened Heart Sangha, a feast is held on every full moon by committed students, as well as at the end of retreats etc.
Our festive feast celebrated the end of another year of practising together and the start of the festive period and our break for Christmas.
We’ll be returning to our weekly sessions in January 2018. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
There’s a new website from the Awakened Heart Sangha which is a great introduction to the type of Formless Meditation we do.
The new website – www.howtomeditate.org.uk – contains lots of helpful information about how to meditate, meditation postures, taking meditation deeper and the importance of finding a good teacher or mentor to guide you. There are also some guided mindful meditations and introductory videos. Please take a look!
Formless Meditation is the cornerstone of our practice. The Living the Awakened Heart Training, the distance study course in Buddhist meditation, reflection and insight from the AHS, starts with the Heart of Meditation course which gives a foundation in Formless Meditation. Find out more HERE.
Last night was our last group meditation session in Worcester before our Summer break. We decided to mark the occasion with a feast offering: a Tibetan Buddhist practice where food is offered to the shrine and then we serve each other and then eat the blessed food!
We’ll be back on Wednesday the 6th September. Wishing everyone a happy Summer.