On Saturday 17th March Awakened Heart Sangha teacher Pema came all the way from her home in North Wales to Malvern, Worcestershire to give a teaching organised by Sangha members, which many local AHS members attended, others from farther afield, as well as other Dharma practitioners from another lineage.
The teaching was called The Three Mysteries: Body, Speech and Mind and Pema used a supplication to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) as the basis for the teaching. The prayer can be sung, which is something our sangha is known for, thanks to our Tibetan Buddhist lineage connection to the famous singing yogin Milarepa, and Lama Shenpen‘s teacher Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, another yogin linked to Milarepa because of his profound extemporaneous songs. You can find the prayer and a recording at the bottom of the page HERE.
Pema taught us about the connection between our ordinary body, speech and mind and the Buddha body, speech and mind, the three kayas.
We looked at the interface or ‘play’ between our unenlightened and enlightened aspects and that by exploring and understanding our ordinary experience, we gain greater insight and confidence in our Buddhanature.
We listened, sang, meditated, reflected and discussed the subject throughout the day. It’s such a profound topic with so many layers, it gave us all lots of different areas to reflect on and practise with.
Elmslie House in Malvern was a wonderful venue with a nice atmosphere and a lovely bright teaching room.
Thank you to the organisers and to Pema for such an inspiring day!
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.