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Astrology for 2/4/2016

2/4/2016 Thursday by Norma

Fortunately, the inflammatory aspects of the day are balanced by thoughtful wisdom, and it’s a good idea to remember this as you go about your day. Men are more vulnerable than women to the trouble stirred up by the Sun travelling in a negative aspect to Mars. Beware of impetuous actions, risky driving and sudden irritations. Ignore people who goad you: don’t take the bait! Doug Larson said, “The real secret of patience is to find something to do in the meantime.” What’s good today? Special time with a friend, good connection with a group, stable relationships with those you love, and an improvement in your reputation. Study and learning are also favored along with every form of philosophy.

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The River

The following is from a series of tweets by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:

I went to the river. Once again dry, but for the tears in my eyes there was none for me to drink. I need to drink.

When water runs dry… We wait, the fish wait, the animals wait all of us wait. It cannot be found.

Later I saw the river again. Willows had grown, sucking up water. Since there was food for the Moose, I do not cry.

The Moose is so hungry, but the willows, they cry…will the water return by and by? The Raven sighs.

Once I brought three lotus to the river. Not one could stay. I cried, and walked away. Alone.

The scent lingers. The willows continue their thirsty way. Moose grows fat.

Someone must bring the rain. Soon we will all be gone. The feast of sweetness abandoned.

Here is a Lotus in my window. I pray the fragrance is pure. Here is a candle shining. Here is a hope.

Soon I must bring a Lotus to the river with joy. But I do not know if it will float downstream. They often do.

Copyright © Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo.  All rights reserved

Astrology for 2/3/2016

2/3/2016 Wednesday by Norma

A very wise decision is made today that helps stabilize an inflammatory situation. Keep the decision in mind as you go through the day. Spend time on domestic matters, with women, children and family and you’ll be happy. Avoid troublemakers. Ask permission from the person in authority before taking action and check your sources and information with care. It’s possible to be pulled off course by impetuous action, and caution is required. Doug Larson said, “Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.” A surprisingly happy time is possible in travel, discussion and social activities. Spend time with friends who share your values, avoid trouble and it’s a great day.

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How Buddhists Think

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By Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

An excerpt from a teaching called “How Buddhists Think”

Some years ago, His Holiness the Dalai Lama took part in an interfaith discussion at a cathedral in Washington, D.C.  The Episcopalian ministers and Catholic priests repeatedly stressed the sameness at the core of all religions.  His Holiness stood up and said that in some respects we are all the same: we all wish for peace on Earth, we wish for the benefit of beings, we wish for the end of suffering, we wish to attain a level of consciousness in which we are unified with our optimum goal, whatever that might be.  “But,” he said, “between your religion and my religion there are fundamental differences.  And that has to be okay.  There has to be unity in diversity.”

Although I would certainly never speak for the Dalai Lama, I assume that the “fundamental differences” to which he referred have to do with Buddhism’s lack of an external God.  This is generally not understood by Westerners.  The Buddha’s teachings do not advocate the attainment of oneness with a God, with anything external.  Instead, the Buddha teaches the essential sameness of all phenomena, pointing out that in the beginning there was no distinction.  The Buddha tells us that such a distinction exists only in our mind, which is fixated on self-nature as being inherently real.

In truth, our Nature is all-pervasive.  There is no separation.  There is no distinction.  When Realization is achieved, it is a non-specific awareness, a luminosity, an innate wakefulness.  The process of fixation, of contrivance and distinction, is pacified.  That is not the same as attaining oneness with anything external.  The Buddha leads us to pacify the delusion that causes fixation on duality.

There is no optimum state one has to create, no supreme being towards whom to move.  For a Buddhist, the goal is awakening.  It is an awakening to the Nature that cannot be nearer, or stronger, or better than it is now.  It can never be tainted, pushed away, destroyed.  It remains stable and unchanging.  It is simply “Suchness.”

Copyright ©  Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo.  All rights reserved

Astrology for 2/2/2016

2/2/2016 Tuesday by Norma

A secret is revealed and hidden things are discovered, introducing the question, “How should this be handled?” This is what everyone is asking. Two modes are possible: justice or vengeance, and each has supporters. If you find yourself inclined to join a possee, consider the situation carefully, no good will come of it. Wait until anger has passed to make a decision and you’ll choose wisely. Colin Powell said, “Get mad, then get over it.” It’s a good day to shine in public, to invest money conservatively and to express devotion to your favorite cause. It’s a bad day to strike out against someone, to go it alone or rile people up. Stay in the middle of the peace pack.

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The Feast


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The banquet is ready
The feast is set
And never will I forget
The taste, the sweetness.

The Bodhichitta, sublime display
Of all the Buddhas. Sweetness
Without measure. Peerless pleasure
The dazzling play of light
And essence.

Oh! For the day still coming
When virtue prevails
The ship to Liberation sails
For you. Come aboard!
Know the Lotus Lord.

In this day, in this time,
Taste the bliss- love sublime awaits.
Where are you? Will you obey
The call within, or turn away?
Will the treasure be yours, today?

Oh, Beloved, will you stay?

By Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo on October 23, 2009

Astrology for 2/1/2016

2/1/2016 Monday by Norma

An exciting beginning to the day is promised: a jangling alarm, a phone call at 5am? Something gets you moving fast! Be grateful, quick action is excellent. A business opportunity appears and prompt action is required. Snooze and you lose. A problem is being resolved, and something allows you to sidestep your obsession. Avoid sudden moves and distracted driving as a surprise is possible. A breakout is in process, the result of planning and subterfuge. An Italian proverb says, “The best armor is to keep out of range.” What’s good today? Careful observation of your surroundings, excellent action based on intuition, emotional satisfaction, and the awareness that you have a great reputation.

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Astrology for 1/31/2016

1/31/2016 Sunday by Norma

Groups and friends are fun, but secret conversations resolve issues that can’t be discussed in public. Take advantage of an offer, it’s a good one. This is an excellent day to engage in business, sign contracts and make purchases. Romance is in the picture, too. Groups are somewhat befuddled, but individuals understand the situation completely. Dave Barry said, “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason the human race has not fulfilled its potential, that word would be “meetings.” Trust your gut, not the group. Stay close to your home base today and avoid stating your opinion in public.
Private matters, love and home cooked meals are wonderful.

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Limitless Kindness

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Vow of Love series

One of the most important and central thoughts in Buddhist philosophy is the idea of compassion. The Buddha taught that we must cultivate our lives as a vehicle to be of benefit to all sentient beings.  It’s good that you’re a good mother, and it’s good that you’re a good friend, but we can’t limit ourselves to a small, familiar circle. We have to go on and on increasing our compassionate activity, our influence and our determination until we attain a level of kindness or compassion that supersedes what we believe is reasonable. We can’t stop even with our nation. We can’t think that we only want to help Americans. Nor can we stop with our world. We can’t think that we only want to help humans and animals, which are the ones that we can see. We have to think, according to the Buddha, that we wish to be of benefit to all sentient beings.

A sentient being is one who has sensory feeling or the development of that kind of discriminating consciousness. According to the Buddha’s teachings, there are six realms of cyclic existence, and there are sentient beings in all of these realms. The human realm and the animal realm are visible to us. This is living proof that at least some of the Buddha’s teaching is right. We see human beings and we see animals; therefore, we know that they exist. But according to the Buddha’s teaching, there are also non-physical beings and different kinds of beings that must be considered if we are to truly develop the mind of compassion.

Limiting ourselves to an identity such as,”I am a woman,” or “I am a man,” or “I am an American,” or “I am a Russian,” or even “I am a citizen of planet earth,” is not the way of the Buddha. Instead, we should think that on every particle we can see, and all those that we cannot see, and in every inch of space, there are millions and millions of sentient beings. And space goes on forever. If we intend to develop the mind of kindness, it must extend to all sentient beings equal to the limits of space.  Space has no limits and there are limitless beings, seen and unseen.  Therefore, we must extend the mind of compassion to beings far beyond those we can conceive of with our brains. That is an awesome thought. How can we really do that? We think that must be impossible. How can we be directly concerned with somebody we can’t see? How can we really care about something that might be infinitesimally small, like bacteria? Or a sentient being that may be as large as a galaxy? How can we seriously consider we must be kind to all sentient beings in that way?

When you develop the mind of compassion, you have to be careful how you develop that mind. If you examine yourself profoundly and honestly – and you have to be willing to be very honest with yourself – you may find that your goal is not really to benefit all sentient beings, but to be a kind person. There are worlds and universes of difference between these two goals. One is selfless: you truly wish to be of benefit to all sentient beings. The other is heading in the right direction, but ultimately it is not selfless because you wish that you could be a kind person. I hope that you can hear the difference between these two ideas. There are worlds of difference between them.

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Astrology for 1/30/2016

1/30/2016 Saturday by Norma

This is a great day to spend with a partner. Individual activity generates indecision, but a partner offers ideas and direction. John Gay said, “If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, the mist is dispelled when a woman appears.” This is a relaxing day during a busy season, and it’ll take time for your brain to get used to the idea that nothing is required of you. Mental obsession is still an issue. If you notice yourself talking non-stop, put your teeth together and enjoy the silence! Physical activity is great today. A conversation resolves a financial issue. The best energy of the day involves love, imagination, fantasy, music and water. Go to the movies, for a swim or to the opera with your favorite companion. Health matters improve.

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