Making Connections

Buddhist quote for Leeds - connections are more fundamental than time and space
Connections are more fundamental than time and space

The Connections that we make in this life may be the most important thing that we do. Tibetan Buddhism talks about our connections ((Tibetan: Tendrel) with each other  as being lasting and meaningful and that they can continue between lives.

In this article, Lama Shenpen has an interesting discussion with a student about how we can begin to understand these connections. View their full conversation: https://tinyurl.com/yd2r5yep

Each week Lama Shenpen answers a question from one of her meditation students. The students are studying her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training course. Become one of Lama Shenpen’s students and ask her a question, Lama loves a good question! Or come along to our local meditation group in Leeds.

For more information about the training visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training

 

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.

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

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

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.