About Us


Founded in 2003 by Lama Shenpen Hookham, The Awakened Heart Sangha is an international community of her students. Sangha is a Buddhist word meaning spiritual community. Awakened Heart is how we talk about the essence of the Buddhas teaching – what we truly are.

The Awakened Heart Sangha practices and transmits the teachings and meditation of the Kagyu/Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

Our founder and Spiritual Director Lama Shenpen Hookham has been a practitioner in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over 50 years and spent over 12 years in meditation retreat. She has received teachings and meditation instruction from many senior Tibetan Lamas, including H.H the 16th Karmapa and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and has been authorised to transmit those teachings to others.

The Awakened Heart Sangha is an international Buddhist community providing training in meditation and Buddhism through local groups, home study courses, online courses, and through our retreat centre in North Wales: The Hermitage of the Awakened Heart.

Our teachings draw on the very heart of traditional Tibetan Buddhism. We communicate them in a form easily accessible for western practitioners using everyday language and without the need for previous experience in meditation or Buddhism.

Our emphasis is on providing a genuine connection to a living, vibrant spiritual tradition through the transmission of the heart of meditation. This is achieved between teachers and students in the context of a supportive spiritual community.