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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 […]

Incense Offering

Incense Offering

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

TSUL TRIM DRI DEN PÖ CHOG DAM PA DI
This pure supreme incense, which bears the scent of pure moral self-discipline,

TING DZIN NGAG DANG CHAG JYAI JYIN LAB KYI
By the blessings of mantra, mudra and samadhi

SANG GYÉ SHING DU PÖ DRI NGED […]

Astrology for 5/25/2016

5/25/2016 Wednesday by Norma

A sensitive conversation sets things right. Avoid brooding today: deal with what’s in front of you, move on and don’t look back. Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Life is a great bundle of little things.” A good natured leader is beset by issues on multiple fronts, help if possible and […]

Astrology for 5/24/2016

5/24/2016 Tuesday by Norma

The best response to a sharp request is a pleasant, accommodating one. Be aware that someone is under tremendous pressure to act quickly and may not have time for niceties. You’ll forgive them when you understand the whole picture. (“A comet incinerated my house and that’s why I yelled at […]

You are Alive

An excerpt from Marrying Spiritual Life with Western Culture by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

If you have a real relationship with your own nature and you really understood the wisdom and the beauty of the Buddha’s teaching and didn’t see it as his teaching, but as a wisdom that appeared in the world here.  You could see it […]

Ten Virtuous Activities

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

You should think of the Buddha’s teaching as a philosophy that you can follow according to your capability.  You don’t need to look or act a certain way.  Basically, what you’re learning is cause and effect.  You learn that there are ten virtuous […]

The Foundation of Dharma

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Commitment to the Path”

Today I would like to begin to lay the foundation by which we will practice. Even for those of us that have been practicing for some time, if we lose the foundation or if the foundation, like in the […]

Five Demons or Dakinis

From The Spiritual Path:  A Compilation of Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

How do phenomena express themselves as they do? Each sentient being, within its own nature and even within the form in which it arises, contains an essential seed or drop that is the nature of mind itself. Just as all things emanate from Nature […]

Living the Path

An excerpt from Marrying Spiritual Life with Western Cultureby Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

It’s interesting to realize that when we come to the temple, we’re already interested in Dharma.  Why are we interested in Dharma?  There are lots of different reasons.  We like the look of it:  it’s interesting and exotic.  The statues are really cool.  The […]

For Their Sake

An excerpt from Marrying Spiritual Life with Western Culture by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

We are told that in order to be a good person you have to do a certain amount of church-going.  That church-going idea is deadly.  It’s really the antithesis of a spiritual path, and I find that here as well.  Our Sangha also […]

With Joyful Expectancy

From The Spiritual Path:  A Compilation of Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

It’s easy to hear Dharma, if you have the merit. It’s easy to keep a record of how many teachers we have sat in the presence of. It is much harder to change, to remain where we are and to deepen. It is harder still […]

True Purity

Vajrasattva

From The Spiritual Path:  A Compilation of Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

 

Let’s say you have become satisfied with an idea of what a practitioner should be. You are quiet, meek, gentle, and ever so passive. You attempt to be pure by never adorning your face, hair or body. You do what you think is […]

End Desire

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

Where does desire come from? It comes from the belief that self-nature is real. According to the Buddha, if you believe that you are a self, if you believe in self-nature as being real, as being truly existent, then there has […]

The One Unfailing Source

From The Spiritual Path:  A Compilation of Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Every great lama has yearned with sincere intensity for the Precious Teacher. How is it that some people have that yearning and others do not? Some people seem shallow and prideful. Others seem blessed with spontaneous devotion and love. What accounts for the difference? […]