“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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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:
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
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:
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.
Lama Shenpen recently gave two excellent teachings at the London Shambhala Centre on the meaning of the Buddhist term: ‘samaya’.
Samaya is often translated as connection or bond and applies to our relationships with our teachers, our friends, family and society. To view these teachings go to our YouTube channel atwww.youtube.com/ahshermitage