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The Eight Auspicious Symbols

The Eight Auspicious Symbols

The Eight Auspicious Symbols represent the Eight Qualities of the Buddha.  Here is a brief explanation of how each quality is symbolized.

Excellent Lotus Flower:

The purity of the Buddha’s mind

Golden Wheel of the Dharma

The Buddha’s unending activity of training beings in the path of liberation

Great Victory Banner

The Buddha having conquered all negativity and limitations

Inexhaustible Treasure Vase

The […]

Astrology for 5/6/2016

5/6/2016 Friday by Norma

A degree of certainty exists in terms of spending, financial outlay and the implementation of your vision for the future. Four planets in Taurus reflect stability and happiness on major fronts: work goes well, investments are nice and the material world is on your side. Use the day to plan how you […]

Invocation

Invocation

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Lord Guru

Teach me to see your face

Rinpoche

Teach me to call your name

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Astrology for 5/5/2016

5/5/2016 Thursday by Norma

The urge for quick action is here but the direction is uncertain. Surges of energy leading to frustration and aggravation are passing and possibly related to who you’ve spent time with. Be alert to the chance of energy transfer from others to you in the form of unexpected emotion. […]

The Beginning of Awakening

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

One of the practices that we are taught as Buddhists is that always, always, Guru Rinpoche should be above the crown of our heads.  We should be mindful that Guru Rinpoche is always there, seated on his lotus throne.  Upon going to sleep, we […]

Walk In Recognition

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

Practice deeply and mindfully every minute of your life. I’m asking you, I’m pleading with you: don’t practice like a robot.  If you can only start with just moments of Recognition throughout the day, start there.  Even one.  It will increase, I promise […]

Gratitude and Guru Yoga

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

Another aspect of constant mindfulness – it’s sort of like hand-in-glove with offering – is gratitude.  When you think about the appearance of all phenomena, like beautiful flowers, beautiful trees, all of our beautiful stuff, suppose you were able to develop the habit […]

Baby Steps to Recognition

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

Sometimes when we begin to make offerings of what we experience to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, we may think it’s not a good idea to offer something that’s not ours, but that’s only because we’re materialists and have this idea of ownership.  We […]

The Point of Practice

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

Training the mind is a very personal, very intimate, and very private thing because there is nobody that can train our minds better than we can.  No one can know the ins and outs of how we think better than we can, and […]

Challenge the Appearances

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

Since you were young and you figured out that it was very bad to get caught, that idea has never changed. Literally, once that idea is there, it’s in you.  You have that idea.  Why go back and challenge it?  Because it isn’t […]

Watch It

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

You’ve heard this so many times in Buddhism: watch your mind.  That is an indication to give rise to a state of recognition, the ability to discriminate the nature of phenomena.  When we begin to practice in such a way that we can […]

Another Glass of Samsara?

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

Do you ever sense that there is a thickness in your mind, almost like pudding?   We can’t break through it.  It’s like we go through these sleepwalking motions, and you lose days, hours, years.  You just lose time, and that thickness is because […]

Seeing The Guru's Face in All Things

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

We have to find a way to live in a constant state of recognition.  The greatest power that any of us can have is that practice of recognition.  To give rise to the bodhicitta in our ordinary lives, to give rise to an […]

Bring the Sacred Into Your Life

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

Oftentimes we run into this terrible, terrible, tragic separation in our lives, don’t we?  Where this is this thing, and that’s the sacred.  This is the life, and that’s the sacred.  The way that we practice is by saying, “Okay, here’s how I’m […]