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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 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- […]

The Logic of the Buddha’s Teaching: Examine It For Yourself

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Keeping Heart Samaya”

The Buddha has taught us some main points. These main points necessarily pervade all other levels of Buddhist doctrine or Buddhist philosophy or Buddhist teaching. They are the foundational thoughts that you have to use to think through the logic of […]

Now is the Point of Power

Now is the Point of Power: YouTube video teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:

©Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Practicing Kindness and the Dharma Warrior YouTube Video

Practicing Kindness and the Dharma Warrior: YouTube video teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Guru Devotion – From a Consultation with Jetsunma

The following transcript was found while cleaning under an altar in Jetsunma’s house. Jetsunma has agreed to allow the teaching to be shared so others may benefit:

Teaching – September 8th in the early 2000’s

Question: Is the reason that the Vajrayana works so well… in following the Guru’s instruction without opinion (In […]

Astrology for 12/9/2015

12/9/2015 Wednesday by Norma

Pull inward today, to the extent that you can, and spend time in quiet thought and study. Learn something, ponder something and avoid the prevailing temptation to run around scattering your energy for no meaningful purpose. A well-considered understanding is crucial for what comes next, and you won’t […]

The Bodhisattva Vow – A Commentary

[Adapted from an oral commentary given by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in conjunction with a ceremony wherein he bestowed the bodhisattva vow upon a gathering of disciples at Namdroling in Bozeman, Montana, November 1999. —Ed.]

In general, dharma consists of many divisions and distinctions of spiritual teachings, while at the same time the nature of all […]

Path of the Bodhisattva

Being grateful for the many gifts I have been endowed with in this very lifetime, I now wish to offer a prayer usually associated with vows:

Today I have picked the fruit of this lifetime. The meaning of this human existence is now realized. Today I am born into the family of buddhas and have become […]

With Fervent Regard

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Vow of Love Series

One of the problems that we Westerners have is that we’ve grown up with religions that say God is external.  That is not what the Buddha teaches.  The Buddha teaches us not that our supreme object of refuge is an external God, but […]

Determine How You Will Spend Your Life

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Vow of Love Series

I wish from my heart that it would be okay to be a renunciate.  Because to be a renunciate is to renounce the things that one has desire for, the objects that one grasps, and instead seek only a true source of refuge.  […]