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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 […]

Revealing the Hidden Faults: by Longchen Rabjam

The following is respectfully quoted from “Drops of Nectar” compiled by Ngagyur Nyingma Institute:

Vajra Song:

Instructions for Rousing Myself: Longchen Rabjam

Namo Guru Bhaya! Feeling truly wearied by the worldly experiences of myself and others, at Orgyen Dzong, I, “The Yogi of Various Kinds of Self-Liberation”, Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), roused myself with this song of advice.

March 15th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | Category: Drops of Nectar, Longchen Rabjam, Longchenpa, Revealing Hidden Faults | Leave a comment

Homage to Śrī Samantabhadra: Longchenpa

The following is respectfully quoted from “Kindly Bent to Ease Us” by Longchenpa:

Homage to the beginningless primordial Lord,
an ocean great and full of capabilities,
Whose range of intuition and depth of
tenderness cannot be fathomed,
Who is the birthplace of the Wish-fulfilling Gem, the
Buddhas and their spiritual sons, and
From whom cloud banks of prosperity and bliss arise.

Sheer lucency, […]

A Unique Occasion at the Right Juncture: Longchenpa

The following is respectfully quoted from “Kindly Bent to Ease Us” by Longchenpa:

A Unique Occasion at the Right Juncture

Traditional philosophy has been dominated by the contrasting ideas of essence and existence. Essence is said to be that factor in finite entities which determines them and marks them off from others, while existence is the act […]

The Immaculate Mandala: From “The Practice of Dzogchen” by Longchen Rabjam

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Practice of Dzogchen” by Longchen Rabjam, translated by Tulku Thondup and edited by Harold Talbott:

In the Ghanavyuha sutra it is said:

The immaculate disc (mandala) of the moon
Always is unstained and completely full
But in relation to the days of the world
It is perceived as waxing and waning.
Likewise, the ultimate universal […]

Mirror that Illustrates the Crucial Points: From “Drops of Nectar”

The following is respectfully quoted from “Drops of Nectar” by Ngagyur Nyingma Institute:

The Ultimate and Meaningful Instruction: Longchen Rabjam

Supreme glorious master, all-pervasive lord of the hundred Buddha-families.
Who combines into one, the power of compassion and enlightened activity.
Of the limitless mandala of the infinite Victorious Ones,
I constantly pay homage at your feet.

Ema, fortunate yogins listen to […]

Endowed with Garland of Flowers: The Reasons for Exhaustion by Longchen Rabjam

The following is respectfully taken from “Drops of Nectar” published by Ngagyur Nyingma Institute:

Endowed with Garland of Flowers: The Reasons for Exhaustion by Longchen Rabjam:

Om Svasti Siddham!

The delightful enlightened form, like a blooming lotus garden,
Whom gods and humans honor as the omniscient one,
The glorious Samyepa of mountain retreat,
Offers some verses to the ears of people […]

Nectar for Faithful Disciples: From “Drops of Nectar” by Ngagyur Nyingma Institute

The following is respectfully taken from “Drops of Nectar” by Ngagyur Nyingma Institute:

Biography of Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363)

Having acquired the enlightened intention of Dharmakaya in the expanse of exhausted phenomena,
And having seen the pure realm of Sambhogakaya in the sphere of luminosity,
He appears in Nirmanakaya form to untamed beings and benefits them through his enlightened activities.
To […]