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Astrology for 5/27/2016

5/27/2016 Friday by Norma

Someone comes through in a way that is enormously helpful. Avoid a stubborn attitude and don’t be grumpy if it’s done differently than what you’re used to. It’s a new day, with new ways! Be aware that the times continue to be demanding, stressful and fraught with uncertainty; be willing to […]

Request to Remain Firm

Request to Remain Firm

The following is a prayer from the Nam Chö Daily Practice Book from Palyul Ling International:

As the single source of benefit and bliss,
May the doctrine remain in this world indefinitely and
May those of supreme birth who uphold the precious doctrine,
Live long firm lives like banners of victory!
May the lives of the glorious spiritual teachers be […]

The Emanation of Primordial Wisdom

The following is a teaching given live by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo at Kunzang Palyul Choling in Poolesville, Maryland on May 22, 2016

 

Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo gives a pith teaching on how Primordial Wisdom displays to us. She concludes with stories about the bear that’s tearing up the fence.

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Astrology for 5/26/2016

5/26/2016 Thursday by Norma

Go slowly in the early morning hours as nothing significant occurs until the moon changes signs, after which friends or groups will require your attention. You’ll know it has happened by the zippy action that transpires. Life is fun as an intermediary eases the lack of consensus between two […]

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 […]

How to Cherish What is Precious

The following is respectfully quoted from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Guru Is Your Diamond”

We should understand that if we feel that connection with the Guru, and that it is heartfelt, that is like a diamond that you should invest.  To hold onto it and to keep it stagnant is not the […]

Who Is the Guru

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

Many people, when they come to the Path, feel the connection with some particular deity.  I know of one person that felt a very strong connection to Manjushri with his great sword cutting through ignorance.  And yet that […]