Lama Shenpen’s Visit to Worcester

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

Discovering the Chitta

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“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:

For more information on the training in Buddhist meditation and insight, visit www.ahs.org.uk/training

Discover the Heart of Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism Distance Learning CourseAs 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, and 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 of 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 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’s 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. The beauty of the course is that we can all study together, using our own experience as the basis for our reflections and discussions.

Our sessions in the centre of 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. Being able to discuss 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 www.ahs.org.uk/training. It’s donation based too, so there’s no set fee, you only pay what you can afford.

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