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Seeing the Ungraspable

We try to grasp the not graspable - a Buddhist quote from Lama Shenpen Hookham for Manchester Meditation group
Grasping the not-graspable

This week Lama Shenpen continues her conversation with a meditation student about working with their experience, in relation to desire, aversion and indifference. Click here to read the full question and answer.

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 meditation students and ask her a question, Lama loves  a good question!.

For more information about meditation training in the Awakened Heart Sangha visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training

Tibetan New Year Celebrations!

Celebrate Tibetan new year at the Hermitage Buddhist retreat centre in North Wales
Tibetan New Year at the Hermitage

Our friends at the Manchester Awakened Heart Buddhist Meditation group are warmly invited to join us in celebrating the Tibetan New Year (Losar) at our retreat centre in North Wales.

This year we will be welcoming in the Year of the Earth Dog.

The weekend will be one of celebration, feasting, chanting and meditation. Practice done at this time is said to be especially auspicious.

All are welcome!

In addition to our usual Losar celebrations, this year we will have a special treat – a double celebration, greeting back our old friend Dashu as he brings to an end his one year retreat during this weekend!

You have a choice of dates to attend – coming for Losar itself on Friday 18th February or staying for the whole weekend (Friday to Sunday).

You will find a fuller program of events and a booking form here. Please complete the booking form to reserve your place.

There is no charge for this event, optional donations are always welcome.

Meditation in Essence

Buddhist meditation quote "The essence of meditation practice is the confidence to simply be"
The Essence of Meditation Practice ..

Lama Shenpen Hookham describes the radical simplicity of the approach taken in Formless Meditation: “The essence of meditation practice is the confidence to simply be. With no sense that you have to do anything or change anything”.

Formless Meditation practice is rooted in the Dzogchen and Mahamudra meditation lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. It requires us to have the bravery to turn directly towards our experience, good or bad with radical acceptance.

Whether Formless practice 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 Manchester

 

Meditate with Confidence

meditate with confidence advice for Manchester Buddhists.
Meditate with Confidence

Meditation advice from Lama Shenpen to a estion student about prayer and relating to praying and recitation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Read the full question and answer here:https://tinyurl.com/ybrmv3er

Each week Lama Shenpen answers a question from a meditation student. The students are studying her ‘Living the Awakened Heart’ Training courses. Become one of Lama Shenpen’s meditation students and ask her a question, Lama loves questions! For more information about the training visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training or visit one of our classes in Eccles, Manchester.

We are Buddha by Nature

Buddhist advice from Lama Shenpen to a meditation student experiencing a very low point in their life
We are Buddha by Nature

For most of us, Christmas and New Year are a time for celebration. For some, this time of year can provoke feelings of loneliness, sadness and low 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 question from one of her meditation 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 experiential training in Buddhist meditation visit: www.ahs.org.uk/training