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Astrology for 3/28/2015

3/28/2015 Saturday by Norma

Avoid assertive people who jangle your nerves with their hoo-hah, and ask a visionary or mystic what to do: you’ll get the best advice. Take it and watch your world blossom. Men are having an easier time of things than women so be careful about adding to a woman’s burden by […]

Astrology for 3/27/2015

3/27/2015 Friday by Norma

Run everything past a partner before taking action to check for problems you haven’t noticed. Two heads are better than one today. An assertive, martial energy urges you to “just go for it!,” but this you must not do. Conventional military wisdom advises planning an exit strategy before initiating an invasion, […]

Cultivating a Good Heart

Cultivating a Good Heart

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo during a “Good Heart Retreat”

Seriously, I do feel that there’s something wrong with the way we’re practicing religion. I really do feel that it is the job of spiritual people, who have as a centerpiece in their religion the idea of […]

Commitment: From "The Way of The Bodhisattva" by Shantideva

Commitment: From “The Way of The Bodhisattva” by Shantideva

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva as translated by the Padmakara Translation Group and published by Shambhala:

Commitment

1. With joy I celebrate The virtue that relieves all beings From the sorrows of the states of loss, And places those who languish in the realms of bliss.

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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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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