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Astrology for 7/24/2016

7/24/2016 Sunday by Norma

Feeling tired and grumpy this morning? Move slowly, in time your engine engages and you speed off toward your objective! This is an exciting day, one where opportunity abounds. Planning to electrify others with your performance or ideas? This is your day: enthusiasm is magnetic and attractive to […]

Who is Padmasambhava?

Who is Padmasambhava?

The following is respectfully quoted from “The History of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism” by Dudjom Rinpoche:

He studied all the sūtras, tantras, and sciences under the many scholars and accomplished masters of India, of whom the foremost were: the eight great awareness-holders, from whom he received the Eight Classes of Means for Attainment; Buddhaguhya, […]

Astrology for 7/23/2016

7/23/2016 Saturday by Norma

On your feet, there’s work to do! Yet the urge to relax, to take it easy and escape, is equally powerful. Move skillfully between the two throughout the day. Stick with one, ignore the other, and you’ll have problems. A sensitive response to a powerful figure changes […]

Hells?

Hells?

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Why P’howa?”

According to the Buddha’s teaching, there are six realms of cyclic existence, and I will begin with what is called the lowest of the realms.  Now generally, when Westerners hear about the different realms, oh, we love the high realms.  Those […]

Short Visualization Instruction by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

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The following is a short section of heart advice from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche at New York Retreat in Upstate New York:

At night before you go to sleep, visualize that Guru Padmasambhava, non-dual with the root teacher, melts into your central channel, and abides in your heart. Then from the Guru’s body light radiates and your whole body is filled with light. Have devotion, faith and confidence. Concentrate one’s mind on that. And then go to sleep. And in that way, you can carry on this practice.

Supplication & Longevity Prayer to Jetsunma

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A Supplication-Longevity Prayer to Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

 

HRI:

KHACHÖD  SHING  NA  DORJE  PAGMO  DANG

In the realm of Khachod, she is Vajra Varahi,

ZAHOR  YUL  DU LHACHAM  MANDARA

In the country of Zahor, the consort Mandarawa,

BÖD  KYI  TSUNMO  AH  KAR  SALI   DRÖN

In Tibet Queen Ahkartsayi-drOn,

LABDRÖN  SEIMO  LHADUL  CHOKYI  DRÖN

The daughter of Machig Labdron, Ladul Chokyi Dron and

KHAM  CHOG  AHKÖN  CHANGCHUB  LHAMO  YI

Ahkon Changchub Lhamo of Kham.

YANG  TRUL  AHR’I  KHANDRO  JETSUN  MA’I

Now reincarnated as the American dakini Jetsunma,

KU  TSE’I  GAL  KYEN  BARCHAD  YING  SU  SOL

May the nonconducive circumstances and obstacles to your life

dissolve in the sphere of reality.

PHOMED  TAG  PA  TEN  PA’I   NGO  WOR  SHUG

Remaining firm in the essence of authentic stable presence,

GONG  PA  RANG  SHAR  CHOKYI  KHOR  LO  KOR

Turn the dharma wheel of self-originating enlightened awareness!

PEDMA’I  RANG  LUG  DZIN  PA’I  CHO  TSOG  DEI

May this dharma place of our own Lotus Family tradition prevail

DZAM  LING  SA  YI  KYÖN  GANG  GYEI  GYUR  CHIG

Throughout this world of Jambhudvipa

 

Samaya ku sung tug kyi gya

Samaya sealed with enlightened body, speech and mind.

 

This is a mind revelation of Orgyen Kusum Lingpa

 

 

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7/18/2016 Monday by Norma

The need to engage in activities that raise your public profile sets the tone for the day. Question whether your life objectives will be advanced by what you do, and refrain if the answer is no. You’re building a resume that won’t be enhanced by first prize in a beer pong, wet tee shirt or mud wrestling contest! Bow out of frivolity and adopt a serious attitude. Charles Kettering said, “My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” The harder you work the better things go today. What’ good? Accomplishment, happy conversation, putting your best foot forward, engaging in athletics and attending formal functions. (dressed your best!)

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The Benefits of the Awakening Mind

Here is another excerpt from the first chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life called “The Benefits of the Awakening Mind.”  May these words written by Shantideva inspire all who encounter them.

 #26

How can I fathom the depths

Of the goodness of this jewel of the mind,

The panacea that relieves the world of pain

And is the source of all its joy?

 

#31

If whoever repays a kind deed

Is worthy of some praise,

Then what need to mention the Bodhisattvas

Who do good without it being asked of them?

 

#32

The world honors as virtuous

One who sometimes gives a little, plain food

Disrespectfully to a few beings,

Which satisfies them for only a half a day.

 

#33

What need be said then of one

Who eternally bestows the peerless bliss of the Sugatas

Upon limitless numbers of beings,

Thereby fulfilling all their hopes?

 

#34

The Buddha has said that whoever bears a harmful thought

Against a benefactor such as a Bodhisattva

Will remain in hell for as many aeons

As there were harmful thoughts.

 

#35

However, if a virtuous attitude should arise (in that regard),

Its fruits will multiply far more than that.

When Bodhisattvas greatly suffer they generate no negativity,

Instead their virtues naturally increase.

 

#36

I bow down to the body of those

In whom the sacred precious mind is born.

I seek refuge in that source of joy

Who brings happiness even to those who bring harm.

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7/17/2016 Sunday by Norma

A sudden inspiration appears early in the day in the form of a message, dream or intuition, informing you of what’s to come. Listen up! You’ll understand in time. Men and women are slightly out of sync, with women wanting to run around busily while men just want a good meal. Perhaps run out to a nearby restaurant? The urge to press your viewpoint on others is overwhelming, eat a roll instead! Winston Churchill said, “A fanatic is someone who can”t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” Travel is excellent and conversation is fun, provided you’re not campaigning. Health matters improve and it’s a great day to engage in sports, build something, attend a parade or go outdoors for a picnic.

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The Trap of Duality

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Tools to Deepen in Your Practice”

We see ourselves in a dualistic way.  We have very concrete roles as to how that dualism plays out: in the way that we procreate, in the way that we die, in the way that we’re born.  We have very exacting ways in which it plays out because of our belief systems, because of the system of duality.  And we’ve had a long time to work out the kinks.  So, when we believe in physical reality as being essentially real, we can find all kinds of facts and information and people who will agree with us.

And if you wish to avoid awakening to the primordial state, you’ll have lots of friends,  because most everyone is locked into that confusion of the five senses.  Like a dream. We know how it is when we’re in a dream.  We may on some level understand it’s a dreamlike state, but the emotions are so strong.  It just pulls us into it.  A dream can be very sensual.  It can be very alluring.  It can be very stimulating in that you’ve had dreams with interesting things that happen and interesting colors, or something.  But we’ve had all kinds of dreams. We’ve had all kinds of phenomena as well.

That’s a terrible obstacle.  That’s a mean one, oh boy!  Because when you are getting ready to generate the deity, you cannot even allow the deity to arise naturally, as it does, from the from the wisdom that is emptiness because your brain has a better idea.  That’s unfortunate, because it is that wisdom that we need.

Here in Tantric practice, particularly with the Nyingma tradition, we are considered the ‘ancient’ ones, the oldest.  They say, “How many Nyingmas does it take to change a light bulb?  Well, none.  We all meditate in the dark.”  (much laughter).  So we are the ancient ones and we like to meditate in the dark.

So in Vajrayana, what is the most precious capacity is that capacity to simply let go the thoughts, the conceptualization, the products of the five senses—you know, all the conceptual proliferations that we’ve built around what we sensed.  It is letting go of that. It is opening the senses to allow the view. That is the wisdom that we really work on that becomes the very foundation for any accomplishment that we have on the Path. That’s the foundation for it.

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7/16/2016 Saturday by Norma

Avoid people telling long ideological stories and anyone pontificating on matters. Short and sweet succeeds today-if you’re giving a speech, leave people wanting more, not wanting it to end! The problem is that talk and short distance travel are fun. Go for a drive or a walk, call the most upbeat person you know and enjoy the conversation! Ordway Tead said, “Conversation is the fine art of mutual consideration and communication about matters of common interest.” Pay special attention to your surroundings and to unusual loners. Unexpected behavior should be promptly addressed. Today offers an unusual combination of relaxation and tension, where it’s necessary to be vigilant and relaxed at the same time. No problem, you can do it! Health matters go well, food is fun and people are looking good!

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7/15/2016 Friday by Norma

A thoughtful, well-spoken person wins hearts and clears the air in an unexpected way. An opportunity to communicate clearly about a situation appears and people feel understood, at last. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines RESPECT; “To feel or show honor or esteem for, to show consideration for.” This attitude comes to the fore, erasing problems that a demanding attitude can’t. Point out good qualities
inherent in others and watch the magic work. Who knows, they may just notice your good qualities! An upsetting incident is best met with prompt action, this is not the time to dawdle. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and at the same time to dress up, have fun and enjoy happy conversation. Anything involving music is great and unexpected supporters appear, ready to help you.

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His Holiness Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok on Dharma in the West

The following is an excerpt from a public talk given by His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok:

As we begin here this afternoon, I would like to mention a little bit about the great deeds of our sole guide and protector, Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, who before he became the Buddha initially gave rise to the awakened mind, the Bodhicitta, after which he worked for countless aeons to accumulate merit, finally culminating in his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, India.  Then 49 days later, for the benefit of all those gods and human beings and many others who would benefit indefinitely in future times as well, he turned the Wheel of the Dharma for the first time to bring the precious and holy Dharma into the world.  Now, in fact, this is the auspicious day which commemorates the first turning of the Wheel of the Dharma, and because of that I feel that all of the outer, inner and secret omens have come together to make this a most auspicious occasion.

Also at this time, on this fully endowed occasion, in this world the greatest country that exists, the most sublime, the most exalted country in terms of fame and freedom and glory which is unequalled by any other, is the United States of America.  Today for the first time I find myself in the capital city of this great land teaching the Dharma, and I am filled with joy.  Furthermore there are three reasons why I am filled with joy. I feel that the leaders of this great land, who are actually the leaders of the world, are men and women who are concerned with bringing peace to this world and establishing the beings of this world in bliss and happiness. Towards this pursuit, they work effortlessly because they have the noble qualities and the abilities and the intelligence to actually make this come about.  So I feel that they are here close to us, and this is the first reason why I feel a sense of joy: knowing that leaders such as this are in this vicinity.

The second reason I am filled with joy is because the general population of the human beings who live here in the United States of America are people who are endowed with a great amount of power and a great amount of material wealth.  Just by the fact that they live in this country they also have freedom—freedom of choice and human rights.  The condition is fully endowed. And when I think about all the people of this country having such auspicious and wondrous conditions, it is a great marvel to me, which makes me very glad.

Thirdly, the environment of this place, the particular endowment of the external environment, is that it is quite beautiful.  There are beautiful rolling hills and forests, and although it is of cyclic existence, it seems to be somewhat like a celestial realm, a god’s realm, rather than an ordinary city.  To see such a beautiful place as it is, I also feel great joy.

I had heard about this place before in Asia where I live, and it’s not until today that I actually come here. Now that I’ve really come and I am able to see for myself just how fully endowed it really is, that all the things that I heard are actually true and inconceivable, truly, then I feel even more joyful.

Now, we are Tibetan Buddhists, and in Tibet there are many traditions of Buddhism. Amongst them is the great Palyul tradition, the founder of which was the Vidyadhara Kunzang Sherab.  Kunzang Sherab’s sister was the great dakini, Ahkön Lhamo, and she was very important in helping to establish and uphold the Palyul tradition at the time when it was first initiated in the land of Tibet.  The great omniscient mind of primordial wisdom, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, is the one who recognized her, who lives here in this land , in this incarnation, , I am especially happy to find her so well, in good health and so happy.  To meet her here at this time gives me a great amount of joy.

As for all of the rest of you, the assembly of disciples, it is clear to me that you have very strong faith in the Buddhadharma, and this is also something that is very wonderful.  You see, in Tibet there are many thousands of students who have been training in Dharma for many years, so it is not difficult for them to have faith and devotion, but here it is something quite extraordinary because this is not a Buddhist country.  It is clear to me because of the kindness of Ahkön Lhamo who has brought many of you to the path of Dharma that this is why you have made this connection and this is why your faith is so strong at this time.  I am very happy to see how this connection has been made and to see how the Dharma is flourishing here due to her kindness.

Especially too, here in the United States of America, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the leader, many other great lamas have come to this land, have stayed here for long periods of time and have given the Dharma teachings extensively.  I visited some of those places at this time,  however, the Dharma center of Ahkön Lhamo is different.  I haven’t seen or felt any other place like it.  That is because in Ahkön Lhamo’s center there are many ordained Sangha members.  To see the robes of the ordained is something that brings me tremendous joy—to see how the Sangha, or the ordained community, has been established in the center.  So, in particular, due to having seen the Sangha community flourishing in this way, I am extremely happy.

Generally speaking, in whatever country the Dharma may become established, it is very important for there to be a combination of the fully ordained, the partially ordained and the lay householders as a gathering of what we call the community of the Sangha.  If you have just only the lay community and no fully or partially ordained community, it is incomplete, and vice versa.  To have all of the different categories of holders of the Pratimoksha precepts together maintaining the Sangha community, it is considered to be fully endowed and complete, and that is what I see here in this center.

In particular, the category of ordination known as getsul, or novice, which of course includes the fully ordained, means those who have renounced the ordinary life of a lay person and who have taken on the life of an ordained practitioner.  Now this status is something extremely important for the survival of Buddhism in any country at any time.  This is something quite different from those who are called ngakpa, or mantra precept holders, who have no ordination according to the Pratimoksha per se.  It is different because the doctrine can completely decline and vanish, and has over the course of time completely declined and vanished in places where there are only those holding the mantra precepts.  In order for the survival of Buddhism to be assured anywhere in the world at any time so that it will always be flourishing, it is totally dependent upon the survival of the ordained Sangha.

Also as well in terms of the survival and the propagation of the Doctrine following this point of the survival of those who hold the Pratimoksha precepts, particularly that of full ordination, there is a prophecy from Lord Buddha which states that for 500 years occurring in ten successive stages of time, the Doctrine will increase and be propagated in the regions of the world.  Now there are other prophecies that have to do with the land of Tibet and the Doctrine spreading to the north and surviving only in the north and then later going to the west and surviving in the western countries.  According to this prophecy about the survival in the north, this refers to Tibet, which is the northern Snow Land of Tibet, the northern region of the world, and so there, of course, the lineage of ordination has propagated and survived.  Then also according to the prophecy that it would spread into the west, that seems to indicate the western world, not necessarily western Asia.  So when we look at the world in general and see now how in fact the lineages of ordination are moving into the western lands, then we can see how this prophecy is actually coming to pass.  This is also something to rejoice about.

Henceforth, in general, because of Ahkön Lhamo’s efforts, the Doctrine is being established in this place, and also the lineage of ordination, which I will also pray, I do pray now and I will continue to pray to be ever increasing, to always be fully endowed, and that due to this there may always be peace and happiness for all the people of this place.

 

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7/14/2016 Thursday by Norma

Listen to the news carefully today, something different is in the wind and you need to be informed. Aristotle said, “All men by nature desire to know.” New regulations are in place that improve what came before. Men and women are in harmony and building opportunities abound. Pay close attention to a person offering parental advice; follow what you’re told and you will succeed. This is a great day to learn about the world in depth: be open to everything. Happiness is here, inspiring speech is fun, and life goes well provided you pay close attention to your surroundings.

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