Awakening the Heart of Bravery


Trungpa Rinpoche - Kagyu/Nyingma Master
Trungpa Rinpoche – Kagyu/Nyingma Master

Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche explains how the 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 by Shambhala Publications

Trungpa Rinpoche encouraged a young English woman called Susan to travel India to learn Buddhist meditation. This young woman later became known as Lama Shenpen. Trungpa Rinpoche’s encouragement was pivotal in creating the Awakened Heart Sangha, and by extension , our meditation classes in Manchester.