Welcome to the Brighton group for the Awakened Heart Sangha – an international Tibetan Buddhist community of students of Lama Shenpen Hookham. Please visit our Dates & Events page for details of our upcoming events .


Under the current Coronavirus restrictions, we have moved our group on-line. We will be continuing our on-line meetings with a one hour session on August 1st, and then continuing to alternate one and two hour sessions  every week to the end of September. We’ll be reviewing this at the end of September, when we’ll know whether we can go back to meeting at Studio iO or will need to continue to meet on-line.

A full set of on-line dates is given below.

Our practice is mostly Formless Meditation as taught by Lama Shenpen Hookham. We also do Apramanas (Brahma Vihara) meditation, including metta bhavana practice. If you’re not familiar with these practices and you’d like to come along, please email Sherab (Ian) at sherab-dorjay@redbuddhahouse.net .

You can join the group from home using the Bodhi Tree Zoom Room: just click on https://zoom.us/j/8342369279 and follow the instructions, or if you have Zoom installed, our meeting ID is 834-236-9279. You will need to have Zoom installed on your computer in advance. Feel free to share this link with others, our groups are open to anyone.

If you’d like to be added to the mailing list for the group, please contact Sherab at sherab-dorjay@redbuddhahouse.net .

Group Sessions

1 hour sessions (11:00 to 12:00) August 1st, August 15th, August 29th, September 12th, September 26th

These are primarily opportunities to meet and meditate together:

Opening meditation (10 mins)
Brief checking in
Meditation (usually Formless Meditation) (30 mins)
Dedication and close

2 hour sessions (11:00 to 13:00): August 8th, August 22nd, September 5th, September 19th, September 26th

These sessions include more teaching and discussion. They will be arranged in four week blocks around a particular theme. For details of  themes, sign up to our email list by contacting sherab-dorjay@redbuddhahouse.net :

Opening meditation (10 mins)
Brief checking in
Session intro
Meditation (usually Formless Meditation) (30 mins)
Reflection on the theme  and discussion

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Relaxing into Love

For the next few sessions of the Awakened Heart Sangha Brighton Group, we’re exploring what it means to truly love yourself. Starting as always from Lama Shenpen’s teaching, we’ll explore self love and self compassion through the Apramanas – the four “Immeasurables” or Brahma Viharas: Love Compassion Joy Equanimity Meditation, reflection, conversation as always. Discovering … Continue reading Relaxing into Love

Deepening Meditation, or maybe it should be Lightening Meditation?

  This week, six of us continued the exploration of what deepening of meditation practice might mean. Initial reactions to the topic were: ‘That’s too scary.’ ‘I can find a place of ease and connection in my meditation, why would I want to go deeper?’ ‘Good to do if could keep awake!’ After our usual … Continue reading Deepening Meditation, or maybe it should be Lightening Meditation?

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