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Astrology for 7/28/2016

7/28/2016 Thursday by Norma

An early morning kerfluffle kicks off the day; a mis-communication, a financial mistake or the emergence of a long-simmering issue finally comes to light. If you’ve been obliviously annoying someone, you’ll hear about it now. The issue is self-absorption and inattentiveness. Notice how people react to your words and […]

Transforming Appearances Into Dharma

Transforming Appearances Into Dharma

The following is respectfully quoted from “Drops of Nectar” as translated by Rigzod Editorial Committee of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute:

Chapter II
Transforming Appearances into the Dharma

Again at this time, having brought forth strong renunciation and disenchantment with my own and other’s perceptions and the activities of this present life, I sing this song of the points […]

Chöd: by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

Chöd: by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche offered during retreat at Palyul Ling in New York:

His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

Heart Teaching HT22

About Guru Yoga 

In the beginning of the practice, try to watch your mind and thoughts.  If you have any afflictive emotions or negative thoughts, try to abandon them.  Then […]

Astrology for 7/27/2016

7/27/2016 Wednesday by Norma

Down to earth thinking combines with brilliant creativity to produce a work of art today! The more you avoid attempts to impress, the more impressive the result is. It’s a multi-faceted day: turn one way and financial matters are successful, turn another and glitz and glitter ignite fireworks in […]

Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo at Maratika Cave

Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, recognized as an emanation of Princess Mandarava, talks about her experiences during a pilgrimage to Maratika Cave where Mandarava and Guru Padmasambava accomplished the Long Life Practice of Amitayus and consort:

Walk The Talk: YouTube Video Teaching

The following is a YouTube video teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo extracted from a talk called “The Attitude of Gratitude”

Opening Prayer: Incense Offering

The following prayer is quoted from “Buddha in the Palm of the Hand” Nam Cho Ngondro:

TSULTRIM TRI DEN PHU CHOG DAM PA DI
This sacred supreme incense, which bears the scent of pure discipline,

TINGZIN NGAG DANG CHAGYE CHIN LAB GYI
By the blessing of mantra and mudra performed in a state of Samadhi,

SANGYE SHING DU PHO TRI […]

The Age of Illumination: Jamgön Kongtrul

The following is respectfully quoted from “Myriad Worlds” by Jamgön Kongtrul:

This treatise [The Infinite Ocean of Knowledge] as a whole has [ten] divisions, equal in number to the ten perfections:

The realms that appear during the age of illumination; Buddha, the Teacher; the doctrine, both scriptural and experiential;

It’s continuation and spread in the Land of Jambu;

Maintaining […]

A servant: Rabanandrath Tagore

Between the poles of the conscious and the unconscious there has the mind made a swing: Thereon hang all beings and all worlds, and that swing never ceases in it’s sway. Millions of beings are there: the sun and the moon in their courses there: Millions of ages pass, and the […]

Prayer: The Gurus of the Six Realms

The following is a prayer from “The Great Perfection Buddha in the Palm of the Hand: The Lama’s Oral Instructions Upon the Recitation and Visualization of the Preliminary Practice of Ngondro” as revealed by Vidydhara Terton Migyur Dorje

The syllable GURU is the Guru in the hell realms, Guru Nampar-nön.

Reddish-black in color, he holds a vajra […]

Don't Wait to Practice: Offering In Everyday Life - YouTube Video

Eyes Wide Open

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

You may ask, “Why do I have to think about suffering? Why is it that the Buddha talks about suffering and nobody else does? Why is it that today’s New Age thinkers are saying, ‘I want to be me. I want […]

Celebrating 27 Years of Unbroken Prayer: American Dharma the 24 Hour Prayer Vigil

Celebrating 31 years of unbroken prayer:
On April 18th, 1985 Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo and her students began a vigil of 24 hour prayer for the end of suffering for all beings. That vigil continues unbroken to this day at her temple Kunzang Palyul Choling in Maryland:

Compassion in Action - Part 11 (final)

Excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Vow of Love series

To truly understand the mind of compassion is to understand suffering. To be willing to cultivate aspirational compassion and act in accordance with those aspirations, so that you fully intend to liberate your mind from the causes of suffering and fully intend […]