About Us

The Awakened Heart Sangha is an international Buddhist community based in North Wales, drawing on the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. We provide our students with access to teaching materials, mentorship, spiritual friendship and an authentic practice lineage to connect to.

Our principal teacher is Lama Shenpen Hookham who has trained for over 50 years in the Mahamudra & Dzogchen traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Shenpen is the founder of the Living the Awakened Heart Training, tailored for Westerners and designed for those who are familiar with and practised Buddhism for some time, and for those who are completely new to it.

She has spent over 12 years in retreat and has been a student of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, one of the foremost living masters of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

At the Hermitage of The Awakened Heart we live a simple life ordered around our practice of meditation, Buddhist ritual and communal living. We run residential Buddhist retreats here in Gwynedd as well as teaching and meditation days, and the opportunity for short term visits.

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and recordings many of Lama Shenpen’s teachings can be found on our YouTube channel.

If you have any questions about the Awakened Heart Sangha, Buddhist Pilgrimage or meditation, please do get in contact. We would be pleased to hear from you!

Hermitage of the Awakened Heart
Ynys Graianog
LL52 0NT

e: hermitage@ahs.org.uk

t: 01766 530 839

w: www.buddhisthermitage.wales