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Astrology for 9/25/2016

9/25/2016 Sunday by Norma

Today begins tentatively but stabilizes in time. If you don’t know what to do, wait and you’ll find out. You prefer to stay home but your presence is required elsewhere. It’s crucial to dress well and put your best foot forward today, people are watching! Ignore a […]

28th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

The lowing of the conch shell sounded from various points on the temple grounds like a soft foghorn. It overlaid the patter of hammers as stupa construction continued. Sometimes the sound wavered and spluttered out, and Jetsunma would laugh, lowering the conch. She was practicing for the enthronement ceremony the following day and had been […]

Astrology for 9/24/2016

9/24/2016 Saturday by Norma

Food and family are highlighted today. Be prepared to attend a social function with a casserole or snack in hand. Plutarch said, “It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.” Dine well for happiness. Household improvements are satisfying and small […]

How to Understand Cause and Effect

How to Understand Cause and Effect

We don’t have any real way to understand direct cause and effect relationships.  And for that reason, we cannot really seem to understand how to create the causes of happiness. A good example is this: If we experience perhaps chronic poverty, we may think that the way to end this chronic poverty is to struggle […]

The Challenges of the Contemporary Disciple

The following is respectfully excerpted from “How to Follow a Spiritual Master” edited by the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute:

We have tried above to show the deeper meaning and role of a Spiritual Master, as well as the way in which he should be sought and followed, by first looking at what dharma means, how it came […]

A Teaching on the Four Immeasurables

The following is respectfully taken from “How to Follow a Spiritual Master” edited by Ngagyur Nyingma Institute.

The following story of King Tsangpa Lha (Brahma Deva) and his son Gyaltshab Dhampa provides insights into the way bygone great practitioners have followed and practiced with their own Masters. The Prince was seeking dharma teachings but could not […]

From “How to Follow a Spiritual Master” – From the Vinaya

The following is from “How to Follow a Spiritual Master”  – According to the Vinaya:

We should first request and receive the pure precepts or vows from him and further make abundant offerings, honouring him at all times with out body, speech and mind. The three hundred verses of the precepts of novice give us step-by-step […]

Biography of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche

The following is respectfully quoted from “How to Follow a Spiritual Master” as translated by the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute:

H. H. Pema Norbu Rinpoche, an emanation of Pundit Vimalamitra, was born in the twelfth Tibetan month of Water Monkey Year 1932 at Powo in Kham, Eastern Tibet. His father’s name was Sonam Gyurme and his mother […]

From the Pratimoksha Sutra

The following quotes are respectfully taken from “How to Follow a Spiritual Master” by Ngagyur Nyingma Institute:

Hence, Lord Buddha has said in the Pratimoksha Sutra:

Abandon all non-virtues,
Cultivate all virtues,
Tame our mind in its entirety,
This is the teaching of the Buddha.