Shenpen Hookham is the Principal Teacher of Discovering the Heart of Buddhism. In the 1970s
she went to India on the advice of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, where she lived among the
Tibetans as a nun for six years. There she studied and meditated in retreat under the guidance of
Tibetan teachers such as Karma Thinley Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche. In 1978
HH the Karmapa, head of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, instructed her to return to the
West to teach.

There she met Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, who became her main teacher. She also met
her husband, Rigdzin Shikpo, whom she taught alongside for twenty years and who has been a
great source of inspiration and guidance for her. In all she has spent seven years in retreat, and
Khenpo Rinpoche is so well satisfied with her understanding and meditation experience that he
has encouraged her, as lama, to teach and transmit Mahamudra, the innermost teachings of the
Kagyu tradition. Although teachers of the seniority and experience of Rigdzin Shikpo and
Shenpen would undoubtedly be regarded as lamas in Tibetan society, they prefer to avoid using
the title ‘Lama’ because of the unhelpful fantasies and misunderstandings that are often
associated with it in the West.

Shenpen is fluent in Tibetan and has translated a number of Tibetan texts into English for her
students. On Khenpo Rinpoche's instructions she produced a seminal study of the profound
Buddha Nature doctrines of Mahayana Buddhism, published as The Buddha Within, and gained
a doctorate in this from Oxford University.

Since then, Khenpo Rinpoche and Rigdzin Shikpo have encouraged Shenpen to develop her
teaching activity further. Thus she created Discovering the Heart of Buddhism over a period of
more than seven years. Students inspired by her teaching formed the Awakened Heart Sangha, a
spiritual community under her direction.

Shenpen now spends most of her time in semi-retreat at her mountain cottage, Pen y Bwlch, in
Wales. From there she comes out regularly to teach, as well as giving interviews and advice to
students in person and over the phone, by letter and by email.

Ein Vortrag zur Natur
der Wirklichkeit.

    “Nirvana…is the world.”

(”Die Welt, die wir kennen ist das Nirvana.”)

(“Wir haben diese unzerstörbare Verbindung mit allen Wesen. Das ist nicht abhängig eintstanden. Das ist die Natur der Realität.”)

“I’m just talking about the way realitymanifests and if manifests in our awareness - we have no other way of knowing it - an d it is always structured.”
    87 Min. VHS-PAL
Englisch / Deutsch
Aufgezeichnet am 31.3.2000
in Köln während des Kongresses
Frauen und Buddhismus

  ”We want life, don’t we?”








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