Some of the Worcester AHS group visited The Hermitage of The Awakened Heart, the Buddhist retreat centre in Criccieth, Gwynedd, back in March. It’s the home of our Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Shenpen.
It was lovely to be back again on our annual group weekend visit, that coincided with the Meditation and Teaching day, held regularly at the Hermitage in North Wales.
The morning consisted of sitting and walking meditations, while Lama Shenpen continued her teaching on The Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness in the afternoon – a special text she translated, of the teachings of her main teacher Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. You can view the video of the teachings on the AHS YouTube channel here. There were a lot of attendees that day, the shrine room was packed for the teaching!
We each had interviews with Lama Shenpen during our visit too and got to discuss our practice with her, which we all found inspiring. We’re so lucky to be able to have regular one-to-one discussions with our teacher, who represents such an amazing and powerful teaching lineage. This is something I never want to take for granted.
As well as talking about my personal practice, I spoke to her about wanting to help out the Sangha more, putting my skills and experience of promotion, marketing, writing and editing and event organising to use, as and when I’m able. This resulted in some further discussions about ideas of where I could help, which is really exciting. It’ll be great to be able to do some voluntary work for the AHS while I’m not back to work.
We also had lots of great dharma discussions with each other and the others on retreat. It’s always a pleasure to visit the Hermitage; connect with other sangha members and practice there, it always feels special.