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What's the Point?

What’s the Point?

Actually these teachings on the Four Noble Truths are the lessons that we are trying to implement here in this temple.  One of the goals that I have personally invested a great deal in is to try to create in this temple an opportunity for sentient beings to invest their effort, their kindness, their resources […]

Astrology for 9/25/2016

9/25/2016 Sunday by Norma

Today begins tentatively but stabilizes in time. If you don’t know what to do, wait and you’ll find out. You prefer to stay home but your presence is required elsewhere. It’s crucial to dress well and put your best foot forward today, people are watching! Ignore a […]

28th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

The lowing of the conch shell sounded from various points on the temple grounds like a soft foghorn. It overlaid the patter of hammers as stupa construction continued. Sometimes the sound wavered and spluttered out, and Jetsunma would laugh, lowering the conch. She was practicing for the enthronement ceremony the following day and had been […]

Astrology for 9/24/2016

9/24/2016 Saturday by Norma

Food and family are highlighted today. Be prepared to attend a social function with a casserole or snack in hand. Plutarch said, “It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.” Dine well for happiness. Household improvements are satisfying and small […]

Non-dual: The Middle Way

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Bodhisattva Ideal”

So the Bodhisattva thinks and meditates constantly on which things are worth putting effort into, and which things are not.  Now the Buddha also taught about the Middle Way.  When the Buddha realized the suffering of sentient beings, he tried […]

The Bodhisattva's Logic

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Bodhisattva Ideal”

The posture of a Bodhisattva is misunderstood in our culture.  When a parent raises a child, the parent does not say to the child, “What I’d really like you to do, darling, is to be a great, generous mystic.  I […]

Dissolving Constituents: Understanding Death

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Bodhisattva Ideal”

The Bodhisattva understands that everything we amass during the time of our lives—everything we strengthen around us, all of the protection we build, the superstructuring that we do when we meet up with other than self-nature and react with hope […]

The Futility of Habits

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Bodhisattva Ideal”

If you create the habit of compassion and generosity, then that habitual tendency will stay with you, and in some future life it will affect your rebirth and your circumstances.  There will be much more joy and happiness.  When one […]

How To Wake Up

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo given on Saga Dawa 2016

The great Bodhicitta permeates everything. It is our true nature. It is up to us to activate it in the same way in order to wake up the deities inside.

How do you do that? You […]

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The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo given on Saga Dawa 2016:

Would we ever be able to get to another galaxy? I don’t think so. Because we think the galaxy is far away and it’s not. It’s not. As long as we think it’s far away, we’ll never get there. […]

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The following is an excerpt from a teaching given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo on Saga Dawa May 22, 2016:

I want to talk about the emanation of primordial wisdom: How it occurs, what is occurring. I want to talk about things that are not scholarly, but that I know with my own […]

Impermanence

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Bodhisattva Ideal”

If you think about the food that we eat, you think, oh well, once you’ve eaten the food, it’s part of you and it’s nourishing.  You forgot the rest of the story.  Don’t you remember what happens to food after […]

Can You Take It With You?

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Bodhisattva Ideal”

Our consciousness sees everything as being solid. And it’s so odd, isn’t it, because seven years ago we were completely different.  If you think about what you looked like ten years ago, twenty years ago… Don’t take my word for […]

Awareness of Change

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Bodhisattva Ideal”

One of the main thoughts that one hears when one begins to turn the mind toward Dharma is the idea of impermanence.  Now when we hear that all things are impermanent, we take this just as it sounds.  We know […]