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An emotional disappointment comes early today. Avoid taking a fixed position about anything. As the day progresses, groups learn from setbacks and take steps that put them in tune with the times. Be open to new ideas. Be very willing to change your deepest convictions if someone persuades you that they won’t work in the [...]

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An early purchase is fortunate. Friends appear who understand what you’re doing and are willing to help! A group accomplishes something an individual or twosome can’t. A woman comes up with a brilliant idea. Mechanical devices are favorable and new inventions are possible. Use them with an understanding of what machines can and cannot do. [...]

Caretaking the Gift

Caretaking the Gift

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Commitment to the Path”

It is so important and so precious that we have this human existence. We should consider ourselves caretakers of that—that prize, that gift, that blessing—that it should not be taken lightly.

Sometimes we think, “Oh, you know, [...]

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A perfect square in cardinal signs encourages people to sit tight in terms of taking action. Do something and it won’t quite work out as you wish. Emotional volatility is present, but because of its coldness you may not recognize it as a component of emotion. If someone behaves gruffly or falls silent, check for [...]

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

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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:

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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.

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Mystics unite!  Today is your day to shine.  Relax and go with the flow and it’s a great day. Why: Because pretty much every other route is blocked.  Let the motion of water be your guide.  It takes the path of least resistance, moves around obstacles and eventually reaches the goal. Alas, most of the world seems inclined to ram its way through issues doggedly and unsuccessfully today. Flash ideas incite action, partners urge you on, authority figures won’t budge and emotional considerations flare up.  Follow these impulses and you’ll get stressed out, at best.  Go with the flow, be water.  A Sami proverb says, “Water that does not move, is always shallow.”

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!

It’s About Awakening

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Sometimes I am afraid for others, because they are following a spiritual path that is very new — perhaps 10, 20 or maybe even 100 years old — a spiritual path that was simply developed by a great thinker, great philosopher or great psychologist.  Although these paths mean well, and they do produce some good — in that people who are tied up in knots get untied a little bit — I’m not sure they actually produce enlightenment, because the source is not enlightened.  Even if the founders of these paths were to describe themselves as being enlightened, I would want to see if the paths actually produced enlightenment in someone following them, because there are many people who are practicing paths that have not yet produced enlightenment in one single person.

So I adopt a wait-and-see attitude.  I’m really hard-nosed about that.  I want something that will awaken me to my nature.  I want something that will produce enlightenment. I won’t give you a dime for back rubs and affirmations and good feelings because those things have not proved to me that they will produce enlightenment.  I want what works.

I’m not saying there’s only one path, and that’s the Buddha’s path.  I’m not saying that another path could not be revealed.  I’m not saying that no one else has the answer.  I am saying that if I’m going to travel across the ocean of suffering, I’m going to do it in a boat with no holes.  I know that I want to practice a path that has as its source the mind of enlightenment, and I also want to practice a path that has produced enlightenment in many other sentient beings.  That, to me, is a boat with no holes.  You’re not going to catch me — I’m a very, very practical person — leaving shore in a boat with holes.  That’s not going to happen; I’m too much of a coward.

And in my having the special joy that I feel, the most happy part is that somehow I seem to have the karma of being in the position to help propagate this path.  Now believe me, I have no idea how that happened.  I’m just happy that it is so.  If I have the opportunity to do anyone some good, if I have the opportunity to afford someone a place to be comfortable and to be trained and to feel at home so that they can practice such a path, then I’m really happy about my life.

So, when someone says to me, “I don’t know how to deal with your change to Buddhism,” I can only say, “Don’t even bother, because you have enough to deal with already.  You have to deal with cyclic existence.  You’re a busy person.  What you need to think about is not what I’m doing.  You need to think about how you are going to achieve enlightenment.  How are you going to liberate your mind from the very conceptualizations that you are expressing to me right now?  How are you going to free yourself from the rigidity and the restriction, the confines of your own feelings, that run you around the block the way they do and never produce enlightenment?  That’s your problem, and it’s not my job to worry about it.”

My job is to do what I am doing now.  I hope to do it better and better.  But this path isn’t all about me; it’s about awakening.  And so I really don’t waste a lot of time thinking about how I feel or how you feel or what feelings are all about.  I mostly try to rest my mind in something that is like calm abiding, because the Buddha didn’t teach me to worry.  He didn’t teach me to have preconceived ideas, he didn’t teach me to be rigid, and he didn’t teach me to have lots of ideas about things.  He taught me to realize the nature.  And at the core of every experience, including my feelings or yours, is that nature.  And it is my intention to spend the rest of my life accomplishing the full awakening to that nature and dispelling attachment to everything else.

So, you see, I am not a convert to the Buddha’s teaching.  I am simply one who wishes to cross the ocean of suffering and to take everyone with me.  I simply want to experience the end of suffering, and I want everyone else to have that experience too.  If that makes me a Buddhist, then I am a Buddhist.

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

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A diplomatic person makes a suggestion that annoys everyone.  If this is you, be grateful if nobody gives you the raspberry. Indecision reigns and all avenues are blocked, as though construction crews were making repairs on all four sides of an intersection.  There’s nowhere to turn and nowhere to go.  What to do?  Park.  Enjoy the homeostasis of doing nothing, going nowhere.  Horace said, “Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.” Relax, watch TV; write in your journal.  Quiet, inspiring activities are excellent and food 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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The work continues, and today you tackle a serious job.  An analytical approach can solve a mysterious problem.  Take it apart and examine it piece by piece and you will understand what needs to be done. Samuel Johnson said, “The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.”  Think small, a tiny part may be causing trouble.  You are able to solve something so important that all you can do is go home and relax afterwards.  Do so, you deserve it.  Take a break. Talkative people are fun but don’t have much of value to say.  A dream or premonition gives a solid hint.

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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Workaholics unite!  Today is your day.  People zip around, dusting madly, sweeping like maniacs and digging into tasks at the speed of light!  If you aren’t part of the job force get out of the way.  Otherwise you’ll be swept off the couch with the other stuff.  Work is fun and people are happy to have something to do.  Someone on the job can discover the secret of the universe, find the right bigwig to talk to and cook up an outstanding meal without breaking a sweat!  Jonathan Winters said, “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!”  Who knew activity could be so much fun or so productive? If you snooze you’ll lose today.

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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