Grasping at the Ungraspable

Lama Shenpen discusses working with desire, aversion and indifference with a meditation student
Seeing through Grasping

Lama Shenpen in conversation with a meditation student about working with their experience in relation to desire, aversion and indifference. Click here to read the full conversation between Lama Shenpen and her student.

Each week Lama Shenpen publishes a question and answer dialogue with one of her meditation students question. The students are studying her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training courses. Why not become one of Lama Shenpen’s students and ask her a question? Lama loves  a good question!

For more information about meditation training in the Awakened Heart Sangha visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training

Celebrate Tibetan New Year

Leeds meditation group - come celebrate the Tibetan new year - Losar - with us at the Hermitage Buddhist retreat centre in North Wales
Celebrating Losar at the Hermitage

The Leeds AHS Buddhist Meditation Group is warmly invited to join us for our Tibetan New Year Celebrations at the Hermitage of the Awakened Heart in North Wales.

This year we will be welcoming in the Year of the Earth Dog.

The weekend will be one of celebration, feasting, chanting and meditation. Practice done at this time is said to be especially auspicious.

All welcome!

In addition to our usual Losar celebrations, this year we will have a special treat – a double celebration, greeting back our old friend Dashu as he brings to an end his one year retreat during this weekend!

You have a choice of dates to attend – coming for Losar itself on Friday 18th February or staying for part of, or the whole weekend (Friday to Sunday).

You will find more details and a booking form here. Please complete the form to reserve your place.

There is no charge for this event, optional donations are always welcome.

Meditation in Essence

The essence of meditation practice is the confidence to simply be. With no sense that you have to do anything or change anything
The Essence of Meditation ….

“The essence of meditation practice is the confidence to simply be. With no sense that you have to do anything or change anything”. This is how Lama Shenpen Hookham describes the radical simplicity of the approach taken with Formless Meditation.

Formless Meditation practice is rooted in the Dzogchen and Mahamudra meditation lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The meditation requires us to have the bravery to turn directly towards our experience, good or bad, with radical acceptance.

Whether this is the first meditation practice that you learn or one that you come to after years of complex meditations, mantra recitation and visualisation practices, it is the one that cuts to the heart of the matter, the one that we always have to come back to.

To learn more about Formless Meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, join us at our weekly meditation group in Leeds.

Follow your Heart

Heart advice for Buddhist meditators in Leeds
Heart advice for meditators

Lama Shenpen talks to a meditation student about Buddhist prayer and relating to praying and recitation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Read the full question and answer here:https://tinyurl.com/ybrmv3er

Each week Lama Shenpen answers a student’s question. The students are studying her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training courses. Become one of Lama Shenpen’s students and ask her a question, Lama loves questions! For more information about training in the Awakened Heart Sangha visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training or visit one of our classes in Leeds.

Buddha by Nature

Buddha by nature, a teaching by Lama Shenpen to a student at a low point in their life
Buddha by Nature

At this time of year, particularly over Christmas and New Year, someone you know my be feeling low, lonely or lacking in energy.

In this article Lama Shenpen advises a student who is experiencing a very low point in their life. Click the link to read Lama’s full response: http://tinyurl.com/yansecpv

Each week Lama Shenpen answers a student’s question. The students are studying her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training courses. Become one of Lama Shenpen’s students and ask her a question, Lama loves questions! For more information about the training visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training

Ego Construction

Buddhist master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche teaches on ego construction
Innovator – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Here, the innovative Buddhist teacher ChogyamTrungpa Rinpoche explains how our ego constructs itself.

“The ego feels rather lonely and, at the same time, keeps busy trying to defend itself. It finds that it consists of a collection of desires, expectations, ideas, conclusions, memories, and many other things.

“This collection is too complicated for the ego to grasp; therefore, it conveniently constructs “I am” or “I am the ego” and puts this label on itself as if it were a real individual entity.

“Having found a name for itself, the ego has to constantly work to secure itself, because fundamentally it knows that it is not real and sound.” From the book Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery published by Shambhala Publications

When Trungpa Rinpoche was living in Oxford, he encouraged a young English woman called Susan to travel India to learn Buddhist meditation. This young woman later became known as Lama Shenpen, the founder of our Buddhist Sangha. Trungpa Rinpoche’s encouragement was pivotal in creating the Awakened Heart Sangha, and by extension , our meditation classes here in Leeds. Thank you Rinpoche!

Climate Change & Rebirth

climate change and rebirth a question fro Buddhists
If we destroy the planet – what happens to rebirth?

If climate change causes the extinction of human beings, where does that leave the Buddhist teachings of rebirth? Good question! Lama Shenpen answers a student’s question on that topic. Click here to read the full conversation.

Each week Lama Shenpen answers a question from one of her students. The students are studying her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training courses.

Why not become one of Lama Shenpen’s students and ask her a question? Lama loves questions! For more information about training in the Awakened Heart Sangha visit:

 www.ahs.org.uk/training

Buddhist Practice Can Take Many Forms

dharma practice can take many forms, Buddhist quote from Lama Shenpen
Buddhist Practice can take many forms.

Buddhist teacher, Lama Shenpen Hookham talks to her student about deepening their Dharma practice and experiencing revulsion to a shallow and un-examined life (samsara). Click here to read their conversation in full.

Every week Lama Shenpen publishes a question and answer dialogue with a student. The students are studying ‘Living the Awakened Heart’, an experiential training course in Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhist meditation.

Why not become one of Lama Shenpen’s Dharma students and ask her a question? Lama loves to answer questions! You can find more information about Buddhist meditation training in the Awakened Heart Sangha by visiting: www.ahs.org.uk/training

New Audio Book

 

 

Audio book progressive stages of meditation on emptiness
A Classic Work of Tibetan Buddhism

A new audio book version of the “Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness” has just been released. This seminal work by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (edited by Lama Shenpen), is a classic exploration of the philosophical views found within Tibetan Buddhism.

Narrated by Ken Cohen this new audio book is available on Amazon alongside the recently revised paper and e-book version.

Lama Shenpen has so far given eight talks on the Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness at The Hermitage this year and you can catch up with them on our YouTube Channel: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/AHSHermitage

 

Beginners Meditation Course 2018

Hands in meditation, beginners meditation classes in Leeds
Beginners Meditation Classes in Central Leeds

We can now confirm dates and venue for beginners meditation classes starting in Leeds in 2018. We will begin the New Year with a 6 week introductory Course called: “Heart of Meditation”.

This course will be of interest to newcomers and existing meditators. We will be introducing a type of meditation called “Formless Meditation Practice” as taught and transmitted by Lama Shenpen Hookham. We will be exploring this meditation in detail along with Daily Life (or mindfulness) Practice.

The course will start on Thursday 18th January 2018. Classes will run from 7.15pm to 9.30pm. The cost of the course is £60 which includes refreshments and a copy of the book “Heart of Meditation” by Lama Shenpen.

It may be possible to offer a subsidised rate for those on lower incomes. Please contact us to discuss.

The meditation course will be held at The Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds

Click this link to book a place or email Jayasiddhi (leeds@ahs.org.uk) if you would like further information.