Last week we were blessed with a visit by our Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Shenpen Hookham, who came to our weekly meditation and Dharma discussion group in Worcester.
Lama came to answer our questions which ranged from asking about how our own suffering can help others, how consciousness relates to plant life, how to explain reincarnation to others, what was our experience of ‘knowing’, plus what is time and much more!
Lama is always very generous with her time answering her students’ questions and it was very much appreciated. It gave us lots to think about and will generate even more questions I’m sure!
We’re all studying and practising Lama Shenpen’s Living the Awakened Heart Training – a comprehensive, structured distance learning course in Tibetan Buddhist meditation, reflection and insight. To find out more about it visit www.ahs.org.uk/training.
“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:
Living the Awakened Heart
Awakened Heart Sangha Teaching Weekend
Pema Ozer and Katie Morrow Friday 27th July to Sunday 29th July 2018
The Cherwell Centre, Oxford
This weekend will aim to give a clear sense of the whole territory of the ‘Living the Awakened Heart training’ – the comprehensive, experiential and structured training in Buddhist meditation, reflection and insight – of each area and how they interconnect.
Come and explore with AHS teachers Katie and Pema, the map of the territory of this program. They will endeavour to explore it in experiential and reflective ways, hoping it comes alive for each of us and lights up the next steps of our path, meeting each student where they currently are – providing opportunity for reflection and discovery of what is true and alive in each of our own experience.
There are only 25 places available for the weekend, which is suitable for newcomers. For more information visit the event page here or to make a booking, fill in the booking form here.
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!