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Astrology for 6/30/2016

6/30/2016 Thursday by Norma

A grand trine in earth signs indicates progress in material ventures. This is the day to build a fence, a house or the bridge to your success. Financial matters go well and shopping is a dream. Stick with down-to-earth plans and avoid anything brand new or exotic. It’s […]

Astrology for 6/29/2016

6/29/2016 Wednesday by Norma

Shopping, this is your day! Buyers are out in full force taking advantage of the aspects. You can certainly maximize your income if you put your mind to it. Good taste abounds; buy something and you’ll keep it for years and congratulate yourself as you do. Beware of […]

What is "Chöd"?

What is “Chöd”?

The following is respectfully quoted from “Compassionate Action” by Chatral Rinpoche:

Chöd means “cut” and is a practice for destroying ego-clinging by offering your body, cut into pieces and converted into pure nectar, as sustenance for the enlightened ones, the hungry ghosts, demons, and other sentient beings. It is traditionally practiced at charnel grounds and cemeteries.

 

 

Astrology for 6/28/2016

6/28/2016 Tuesday by Norma

Venture forth and you’ll be pushed back; change tactics completely and you’re on the move again. Scattered behavior is a problem today; so many items require your attention that it’s hard to know what to do and when. The urge to dream opposes the need to work, the wish to […]

Daily Offerings

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

I’d like to talk about mindfulness in practice of making offerings.  As you know, when you do your preliminary practice of Ngondro, at some point you accumulate 100,000 repetitions of mandala offerings.  That’s a fairly elaborate practice where you sit down and you […]

About Wisdom

An excerpt from a teaching called Compassion, Love, & Wisdom by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

We are going to talk about something that is very core to the Buddha’s teaching and that you will hear about again and again as you continue to practice on the Buddha’s path. This subject is compassion. It is about love and […]

The Eight Auspicious Symbols

The Eight Auspicious Symbols represent the Eight Qualities of the Buddha.  Here is a brief explanation of how each quality is symbolized.

Excellent Lotus Flower:

The purity of the Buddha’s mind

Golden Wheel of the Dharma

The Buddha’s unending activity of training beings in the path of liberation

Great Victory Banner

The Buddha having conquered all negativity and limitations

Inexhaustible Treasure Vase

The […]

Ten Virtues and Ten Non-Virtues

The following is from the From the Nam Cho Ngondro, The Great Perfection – Buddha in the Palm of the Hand

“From attachment, hatred and delusion, non-virtuous karma is generated.  All suffering arises from non-virtuous karma.”

Ten Non-Virtues

Killing
Stealing
Sexual Misconduct
Lying
Harsh words
Slander
Gossip
Coveting
Cruelty
Wrong View

Ten Virtues

Renounce killing; protect the lives of others
Renounce taking what is not given
Practice generosity
Give up sexual misconduct; practice […]

It’s Simply Phenomena

An excerpt from a teaching called Compassion, Love, & Wisdom by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

It is difficult to see the many different spiritual systems prevalent in our country that are based on the accumulation of knowledge. The thought is that at some point you will have enough knowledge, as if you can get a big bag […]

Who Can Be a Guru?

An excerpt from a teaching called Compassion, Love, & Wisdom by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

According to the Buddha we continue in cyclic existence and suffer as we do because of desire, and that desire is born of the belief in self-nature as being inherently real.  Therefore the cessation of desire, in all its forms, is synonymous […]

Life is Fleeting

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

Have you ever seen someone made completely  miserable by neediness?  Some people are like a big gaping hole,   and all the love you could pour in there would not be enough.  Haven’t you ever gone through a phase like that yourself?  We’ve all […]

Ever-Present Blessings

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo called “The Guru Is Your Diamond”

Guru Yoga is the most potent of all practices and it’s the most simple. One can practice Guru Yoga simply by visualizing the Guru above the crown of one’s head and making offerings by visualizing […]

The Nature of the Guru

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Guru is Your Diamond”

The Lama gives us not only a way to have single-pointed concentration, but the Lama also offers their own accomplishment.  When one practices the Guru Yoga really deeply, whether it be in the Guru Yoga in Ngndro, or […]

The Guru as the Path to Recognition

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Guru is Your Diamond”

How do we use the Guru Yoga as this rocketship?  How do we understand the way it is used?  Well, first of all, if we look at the Guru Yoga in our Ngöndro book, the prayers are achingly […]