Female Teachers

Lama Shenpen Hookham

Lama Shenpen Hookham is the founding Lama of the Awakened Heart Sangha and principle teacher of the Living the Awakened Heart training.

She has trained for over 50 years in the Mahamudra & Dzogchen traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. 

She has spent over 12 years in retreat and has been a student of the Kagyu master Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

Lama 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. She is also the author of There’s More to Dying than Death.



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