Discover the Heart of Buddhism

Our members are all students of Lama Shenpen Hookham and we’re studying her Living the Awakened Heart courses, which begins with Discovering the Heart of Buddhism.

The experiential home study course is a comprehensive training in Buddhist meditation and reflection, created by Lama Shenpen who has trained for over 50 years in the Mahamudra/Dzogchen traditions of Tibetan Buddhism through the Kagyu/Nyingma lineages. The profound teachings of Mahamudra and Dzogchen are covered in the training, but tailored specifically for Westerners from an experiential point of view.

Anyone is welcome to join this training. To find out more and to join, visit

Lama Shenpen developed the Living the Awakened Heart Training as a way of bringing the foundational principles of the Dharma to Western students and continues to train her students in meditation, reflection and insight using the framework of the Tibetan Mahamudra tradition.

The training is for anyone who wishes to explore the teachings of Mahayana Tibetan Buddhism and meditation instruction in a direct and authentic way.

The Living the Awakened Heart training  provides:

– Meditation Instruction and detailed reflection materials
– Personal guidance from Lama Shenpen Hookham
– Regular discussion and support from your mentor
– Connection to a world-wide community both online and face to face
– Access to online teaching resources and optional supplementary courses and retreats

The Awakened Heart Sangha sees itself as being a vehicle for the adhistana (powerful blessing) and teaching of the lineage coming through Lama Shenpen. Her main lineage connection is with the Mahamudra and Dzogchen lineage. This lineage comes to her through her Karma Kagyu lineage teachers all of whom received Dzogchen transmission from H.H. Khyentse Rinpoche of the Nyingma lineage.  Because her teachers are Karma Kagyu she thinks of herself as a Karma-Kagyu but since she receives Dzogchen and other Nyingma teachings from her teachers, especially from Lama Rigdzin Shikpo, she also thinks of herself as a Nyingmapa and a follower of Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava.

The thrust of Lama Shenpen’s approach is to offer upadesha – direct instruction on how to recognise the true nature of Mind, in language compatible with the understanding of her students. The focus is always on the truth at the heart of reality that we intuit from the beginning of the path and which all the different teachings are means of bringing into focus. She emphasises an experiential, spiral approach to learning, leading to an ever deepening understanding of the one essential point that brings liberation and gives us the power to deliver all beings from suffering.

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