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The mood turns serious today. Observe protocol in everything you do. Stand when older people appear and shake everyone’s hand. Dress conservatively. It’s important to play your part to the best of your ability. Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. And one man in his time [...]

I Choose Enlightenment

I Choose Enlightenment

An excerpt from a teaching called How Buddhists Think by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

People ask: “In your tradition, is Buddha like God?” No, Buddha is not like God. “Is Guru Rinpoche God?” No, Guru Rinpoche is not God. “Well, what do you call God in your tradition?” We don’t call anything God. There are [...]

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Good fortune comes early from a private source. Somebody does you a favor and walks off, leaving you surprised and happy. Pass it on to someone else when you get the chance. A message is uplifting and spirits are high. Men and women are in sync and children are good natured. It’s a favorable time [...]

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An interesting conundrum is happening today. You are under tremendous pressure and at the very same time under wonderful love aspects. It’s all a question of where you put your attention. Focus on inspirational matters, health issues and creative ventures and everything’s coming up roses! Focus on who is best, strongest or smartest and everything’s [...]

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The mood turns serious today.  Observe protocol in everything you do. Stand when older people appear and shake everyone’s hand.  Dress conservatively.  It’s important to play your part to the best of your ability.  Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. And one man in his time plays many parts.” If you hold an important position, step up and own it!  Think of Queen Elizabeth or President Obama: each represents a nation.  Oddly, the more formally you behave the happier you’ll be.  Goof off and you’ll get into trouble.  What’s good?  Shopping, food and relaxation.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

I Choose Enlightenment

An excerpt from a teaching called How Buddhists Think by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

People ask: “In your tradition, is Buddha like God?”  No, Buddha is not like God.  “Is Guru Rinpoche God?”  No, Guru Rinpoche is not God.  “Well, what do you call God in your tradition?”  We don’t call anything God.  There are gods, but they are not the goal.  Westerners try to find a way around that, saying something like, “All right, then what is the goal?” I tell them, “Enlightenment.”  They reply, “Okay, then Enlightenment is God.”  No, it’s not. The goal is not anything as personalized and externalized as that.  There is no “other.”  The moment we are caught up in “self and other,” we have lost the essential Nature.  We are fixated, stuck in duality.

This is about Awakening, which is the pacification of such fixation.  You must understand the fundamental distinction between Buddhism and Western thinking––whether you are considering beginning the Path or are already a practioner. You must understand this difference, so that you will know what your true objects of refuge are.

The statement “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma, and I take refuge in the Sangha” is an essential element throughout your practice of the Buddha’s teaching.  What does this statement mean?  It means you have looked at the faults of cyclic existence, and you have seen that it produces no real happiness.  You have learned that the Buddha said there is a cessation of suffering, this cessation is Enlightenment, and it is also the cessation of desire.  So you have decided to go for Enlightenment.  That means you have to really understand the faults of cyclic existence––even if these ideas are difficult to swallow.  It’s like taking a medicine that tastes bad until you get used to it.  It is like that in the beginning.

Having decided to take this medicine, you look at those who deliver it.  We look to the Buddha, and this includes all those who have attained Buddhahood, not just the historical Shakyamuni Buddha.  We look to the Dharma, which is the revelation or teaching brought forth from the mind of Enlightenment.  And we look to the Sangha, the spiritual community to which we belong.  It is the Sangha who are responsible for treasuring and propagating the teachings.

In the Vajrayana tradition, we also say, “I take refuge in the Lama,” who is considered representative of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.  Without the Lamas, you would not hear the Buddha’s teachings.  And without the Lamas, there would be no Sangha.

When you say you take refuge in all of these, what you are saying is: “I choose Enlightenment.  I choose the cessation of suffering.”  You move away from the faults of cyclic existence, and you remain focused on the ultimate goal.

In a deeper sense, however, you must understand that you are ultimately taking refuge in Enlightenment itself.  You must understand it as both the Path and the intrinsic Nature.  So you are taking refuge in the Nature of your own mind.  If you understand this thoroughly, you can never be duped.  But you do have to work very diligently and with discipline towards the goal.

The method is very technical, very involved. It isn’t easy because it must cut through aeons of compulsive absorption in self-nature.  It must cut like a knife!  It must be powerful––and it is powerful.  You have to think of Dharma that way.  The technology has to be strong––and real.  You can’t just talk about it.   There is work to be done!

Although it is strong, the technology is very flexible.  You need not be afraid.  You will not be forced to go any deeper than you want to go.  You have the right to practice gently.  You will still be accumulating causes for a future incarnation as a human with these auspicious conditions, and then you will be able to practice well and dilligently.

There are people who only do very small, very gentle practice.  And that’s fine.  There is a large tradition of that in the Buddha Dharma.  There are also people who are more deeply involved, though in a mediocre way.  They practice an hour or so a day.  They do a good job, and they’re faithful, and that’s it.  Then there are people who practice many hours each day.  They continually try to propagate the Teaching, and they work very hard.  So you have a choice. You can determine the level of your involvement.

 

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

To download the complete teaching, click here and scroll down to How Buddhists Think

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Good fortune comes early from a private source.  Somebody does you a favor and walks off, leaving you surprised and happy.  Pass it on to someone else when you get the chance. A message is uplifting and spirits are high.  Men and women are in sync and children are good natured.  It’s a favorable time to travel and expand your horizons.  When speaking with others be sure to explain the overarching philosophy behind your actions.  People want to know why you do what you do.  Tell them. (” I went to this store because they carry bio-degradable items.” “I called my mother because she just had surgery.” “I like morning better than evening because of the way the air smells.”)  BECAUSE is today’s best word. Wolfgang von Goethe said, “A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.” Today that answer is “Because…”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

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An interesting conundrum is happening today.  You are under tremendous pressure and at the very same time under wonderful love aspects.  It’s all a question of where you put your attention.  Focus on inspirational matters, health issues and creative ventures and everything’s coming up roses! Focus on who is best, strongest or smartest and everything’s a mess.  George Foreman said, “There’s more to boxing than hitting.  There’s not getting hit, for instance.”  Don’t get hit today! Don’t even get in the ring. Spend time doing  things that make you happy.  Watch a movie, paint a picture, meditate, go for a swim.  All these things are great. Absolutely spend time with your loved ones.  If they’re not in the area, call them up and tell them how much they mean to you!  Love is wonderful.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

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Circumstances have a tendency to whip up emotions, to inflame the crowd today.  Don’t fall for it.  If you are faced with an upsetting situation do your best to relax, to move into a happy state.  This changes your life.  Two paths are open.  One is inflamatory and exciting.  Avoid this, it’s perilous. The other is relaxed, peaceful and natural.  Take this route and a million dangers are avoided.  Of course, the exciting one is hard to resist. Lyman Beecher said “Never chase a lie.  Let it alone and it will run itself to death.” Food and family continue to be wonderful.  Home is where it’s at.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Enlightenment is Awakening

An excerpt from a teaching called How Buddhists Think by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

In their Nature, all sentient beings are essentially the Buddha––all humans, all animals, even all the microscopic little beings   running around on the tips or our noses.  We should regard that Nature as the basis or seed of the Path.  The Buddha’s revelation of the Path came directly from his awareness of this Nature.  Even though we ourselves are this Nature, we have a fixation on self-nature as inherently real.  Any idea we have now, any conceptualization, anything that comes from us, arises from thinking of ourselves as a self.

The Buddha gave the Path after he attained Enlightenment, and it arose from his Enlightened intention, from Enlightenment itself.  The Path is considered to be “the method.”  All the Dharma teachings you receive, even the commentary teachings I may give, all derive from the Buddha’s teachings, or have as their basis the Buddha’s teachings.  They are considered precious because they are the “method” that arises from the mind of Enlightenment.

You can only achieve the result of Enlightenment if the method you use arose from the mind of Enlightenment.  And you can be certain that this is the case only if you know that the result has been proven again and again.  This is because we ourselves cannot recognize the Buddha Nature––not in ourselves, not in any other being.  Not yet.  All we have to go on is a proven, result-bringing method.

The basis, or cause, brings forth the method, or Path, which is not separate from the goal, the fruit––which is the Awakening into our inherent primordial wisdom state.  These three (the basis, the method, and the goal) are inseperable, indistinguishable one from the other.  Therefore, we Buddhists never consider that we are moving towards an external goal.  We never make the mistake of those involved in a more Western idea of linear development––thinking that they are building a higher self, or even making a connection to a higher self.  And we never make the mistake of thinking that we are becoming great beings, or Masters, as those who are involved with linear thinking may do.  From our point of view, we haven’t moved at all.  Attaining Enlightenment is not gathering together a bunch of facts, as you might do in college.  Nor is it the gathering of a bunch of experiences.  We are indeed the total of our experiences, but only in a karmic sense.

Enlightenment is actually the “Awakening” to the naked state––the state that is free of all experience, the state that is pure luminosity.  We don’t go anywhere.  There is no building, no tearing down.  There is nothing of the accumulation we value in our life.  We have only pacified our chronic, compulsive fixation on self-nature, the fixation we have had since time out of mind.  This constitutes a profound difference between Buddhist philosophy and Western metaphysical or religious thinking.

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

To download the complete teaching, click hereand scroll down to How Buddhists Think

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When a negotiation comes today, and it will, listen to the quiet voice that offers a solution instead of an opinion.  Pay attention. Walter Lippman said, “It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.” Everyone is making so much noise that you must be alert to hear what’s being said. The noisy issue involves who’s right.  What’s needed is a solution, and it’s here. Elsewhere, a wonderful alignment of water signs brings love, support and emotional stability.  Spend private time with those you love and the aggravating things won’t rattle you.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Drakmar Tulku Visiting the Phurba Terma

The following is a YouTube video recorded Friday April 11th, 2014 on the occasion of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo showing Drakmar Tulku the naturally occurring Phurba she found in Dakini Valley, Arizona:

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

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An early mode of indecision comes today.  Make no choices until it passes.  You will know the moment your thinking settles down and you are capable of solid thought.  A woman gives private advice that should be taken.  Do what she says and don’t run around telling everybody about it. An argumentative energy is about.  If it seems you’re being disagreed with constantly change tactics and state first the other person’s opinion and then yours.  Two sides are here and until you acknowledge both nothing happens.  Forget about “my way or the highway.”  Thomas Merton said, “The more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.”  Elsewhere, a relaxed, loving person is present who calms everything.  Follow this person.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Drakmar Tulku on Termas

On April 11th, 2014 Drakmar Tulku visited Jetsunma Ahon Lhamo in Dakini Valley, a retreat land in Arizona. While there Jetsunma showed him a naturally occurring Phurba she had found in a rock formation. This is the teaching Grudrag Khentrul Rinpoche offered to the students that were gathered there.

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo


 

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