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I am Awake

I am Awake

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “How Buddhists Think”

When the Buddha was asked what kind of being he was, he described himself neither as a god nor as someone who has attained godhood, but simply as “awake.”  He was awake to the primordial Wisdom Nature, which is free from the delusion […]

Astrology for 2/11/2016

2/11/2016 Thursday by Norma

Energy! You’ve got it, and so does everyone else. Fly out of bed and take action on what’s in front of you. The Aries moon rewards those who “do something” about life, rather than thinking about life, and the more energetic you are the better you feel. Who are […]

The Beginning of Awakening

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 […]

Astrology for 2/10/2016

2/10/2016 Wednesday by Norma

Once you move past an early sense of tiredness or feeling discouraged, this is a wonderful day! You can solve your problems: one, two, three! Consider that the early difficulty opened the door to good things and don’t hold hard feeling, in fact be grateful! Robert Ingersoll said, “The […]

The River

The following is from a series of tweets by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:

I went to the river. Once again dry, but for the tears in my eyes there was none for me to drink. I need to drink.

When water runs dry… We wait, the fish wait, the animals wait all of us wait. It cannot be […]

The Feast

The banquet is ready
The feast is set
And never will I forget
The taste, the sweetness.

The Bodhichitta, sublime display
Of all the Buddhas. Sweetness
Without measure. Peerless pleasure
The dazzling play of light
And essence.

Oh! For the day still coming
When virtue prevails
The ship to Liberation sails
For you. Come aboard!
Know the Lotus Lord.

In this day, in this time,
Taste the bliss- […]

Je Lama

Je Lama

Why don’t you tell me

What to do

I been thinking it over

And this I know:

That there is suffering

Everywhere I go.

And so I’m ready

Nothing else to do

Now is my time

I give it all to you

So I offer my

Body, Speech and Mind

And all I have

In the three times

Cause I know it’s holy

What we are inside

In […]

Courage

Make the point and let it roar

Soaring through the moment

Doing what was hard before

You don’t have to worry

Now you’re holding all the cards

Time and space are yours now

Stand up tall and give your heart

I’ll be here beside you

Doing all I can for you

Loving from inside you

You and I can see it through

You don’t have to […]

Phowa

OM AMI DEWA HRI

Throughout all lifetimes

Wherever I am born

May I obtain the qualities of birth in a higher realm

May I met Dharma swiftly after taking birth

And have the freedom to practice well

May I please Guru Rinpoche

And practice Dharma day and night

Understand Dharma, drink its pure nectar

May I traverse the ocean of worldly existence in this […]

Song to Tara

Clear Mind
Holy Mind
The arguments we have used against you are like dust…

Against You?
You, who flow silently… eternally in the well of our hearts.
Have we robed you in filthy rags
Hatred… greed… ignorance?
You have remained steadfast, unchanging.

Today we lift you up to the lips and hearts of beings without number
And are feasted forever.

Precious mind unchanging
Clear mind eternal.
The […]

Renunciation: Poem by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The following is respectfully quoted from “Journey to Enlightenment” by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche:

Though you perfected the qualities of the three kayas,
In order to liberate beings of the impure realms
You manifested as a supreme renunciate;
Lord Pema Vijaya, I miss you from the depth of my heart.

The feeling that this precious support, a free and […]

Samantabhadra Sings: From “The Magic Dance” by Thinley Norbu

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Magic Dance” by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche:

This is why Samantabhadra sings:
Oh wonderful Dharma, the exquisite secret essence of all perfect Buddhas,
All born from unborn, and in being born there is no more born.

Oh wonderful Dharma, the exquisite secret essence of all perfect Buddhas,
All ceasing from unceasing, and in ceasing […]

My Best Wisdom Teacher: from “The Magic Dance” by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Magic Dance” by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche:
I bow to my own Wisdom Mind,
which is my best wisdom teacher,
the source of all visible and invisible qualities.
Sentient beings are always in time and place.
If sentient beings are in time,
my wisdom teacher dances magically in time.
If sentient beings are in place,
my wisdom […]

Vajra Kiss

Good night, sweet dreams!

May Dakinis hold your hearts and grant theirbliss!

The Vajrakiss.

Can you drink the poison too? I know you do!

You might as well agree to this: That you would sell your soul for bliss.

Even I can answer this; There is no soul, there is no goal.

Even bliss is this: emptiness so profound.

The vibe of Light […]