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Why I Chose Buddhism

Why I Chose Buddhism

HH Penor Rinpoche & Jetsunma in 1985

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

I never cease being surprised when someone is personally challenged by my path, especially since I never try to convert them.  I don’t understand why it should bother one person what religion another person practices.  Or how one person can […]

Astrology for 9/29/2016

9/29/2016 Thursday by Norma

Happiness is a function of partnership these days: people are having a wonderful time together, blossoming and expanding as new plans are developed. At the same time, alliances that are not supportive come apart under this aspect. If a relationship disintegrates, be grateful, it wasn’t mutually supportive or based […]

Becoming Stable on the Path

Becoming Stable on the Path

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

There are many different ways to practice Dharma according to our individual needs.  For that reason, it behooves us to kind of sit back and get the lay of the land before we start frothing at the mouth and […]

Astrology for 9/28/2016

9/28/2016 Wednesday by Norma

Zip around organizing and categorizing things, a place for everything and everything in its place! Fix what’s broken and take medicine for what ails you. Virgo urges you to be well fed, well groomed and well dressed in all your activities. Employees’work is excellent, honor them! Investments prosper […]

Abandoning Love: The Fourth Root Downfall

The following is respectfully quoted from “Perfect Conduct” with commentary by Dudjom Rinpoche:

4.b.3(b.4) Abandoning love:

The fourth is wishing that any sentient being should be separated from happiness and losing heartfelt love for them.

To wish any sentient being should be separated from happiness and to stop feeling heartfelt love for them is […]

A Prayer by Which We Recognize Our Own Faults and Remember the Objects of Refuge by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

The following is from “The Lamp of Liberation: A Collection of Prayers, Advice and Aspirations”

Homage to the Guru!

Conqueror Shakyamuni, supreme guide of the universe during this fortunate aeon,
Heirs of the Conqueror, assembly of noble Bodhisattvas who
educate beings,
Revered Guru, unsurpassed protector of creatures in this degenerate time,
Together with the Three Roots, the oath-bound, and the Dharma […]

First: The Initial Virtue from “Perfect Conduct” by Ngari Panchen

The following is respectfully quoted from “Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows” by Ngari Panchen with commentary by Dudjom Rinpoche as translated by Khenpo Gyurme Samdrub and Sangye Khandro

The initial virtue, the intermediate virtue, and the concluding virtue are the three divisions in this and in all commentaries that are written based on the Buddha’s […]

The Nature of Perception: His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

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

Although all these phenomena are compounded internally by the mind, their apparitional aspect and supporting foundation are the five gross elements of which external objects are compounded, and which are caused, conditioned, supported and substantiated by the fourfold process […]

Contempt Toward the Vajra Family: The Third Root Downfall

The following is respectfully quoted from “Perfect Conduct” with commentary by Dudjom Rinpoche:

4.b.3.(b.3) Expressing contempt toward the vajra family:

The third is becoming angry toward general, distant, close and immediate relatives; holding a grudge; and showing jealousy, disrespect and so forth.

In general, all sentient beings are considered to be our relatives. Even […]

Disrespecting the Vajra Master: From “Perfect Conduct”

The following is respectfully quoted from “Perfect Conduct” with commentary by Dudjom Rinpoche:

The fourteen root downfalls are explained as follows:

The fourteen root downfalls are likened to the trunk of a fruit-bearing tree. In dependence upon the trunk, all the branches and leaves develop. If the trunk deteriorates, the entire tree will tumble down. Likewise, the […]

Nang-jang from “Buddhahood Without Meditation” by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

The following is respectfully quoted from “Buddhahood Without Meditation” by Dudjom Lingpa:

First, to reach a definitive conclusion (tan la wab-pa) regarding view, the sacred key point is to come to a definitive understanding through four topics — ineffability (med-pa), oneness (chig-pu), openness (khyal-wa), and spontaneous presence (lhun-drub) — and realize these just as they are.

In […]

Heart Nectar of the Saints: His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

The following is respectfully taken from “The Lamp of Liberation: A Collection of of Prayers, Advice and Aspirations”

Heart Nectar of the Saints: A Prayer of Aspiration That Condenses the Essence of the Oral Teachings:

by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje
Sole unfailing and unchanging Refuge, Lord of the Mandala,
Most precious and kind Root Guru, […]