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:

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:

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 ( if you would like further information.