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Astrology for 9/16/2014

9/16/2014 Tuesday by Norma

A hunch or emotion gives a hint about what you should do today, follow it! Intuition is strong, and so is the comfort received from food. What you eat makes a difference today, and who you dine with also matters. Health issues are directly affected by emotions right now. A partner [...]

Why Enlightenment Matters

Why Enlightenment Matters

After practicing Aspirational Bodhicitta, you will move into Practical Bodhicitta. Practical Bodhicitta is where one actually attempts and begins actually to develop the technology or method by which the cessation of suffering can be brought about.

Again, back to the foundational teachings of the Buddha: The Buddha teaches us that the sufferings that we [...]

The First and Only Constructed Wetlands In Maryland

The First and Only Constructed Wetlands In Maryland

Did you know that since 1988, KPC has processed all of its wastewater (5 million gallons!) through a groundbreaking Constructed Wetlands Project, the first of its kind in the Chesapeake Bay estuary? Built by the monks and nuns and members themselves, we haven’t used a drop of chemicals, nor released an ounce [...]

Astrology for 9/15/2014

9/15/2014 Monday by Norma

A message or conversation tells you what you need to know. A partner’s input is valuable. Take prompt action and you’ll be happy, wait around and you will be buried in criticism or distracted by other work. Men and women see things differently today, so stick with those who agree with [...]

Astrology June 17, 2014

6/17/2014 Tuesday

An important conversation or message is satisfying and resolves a problem. The goddess of love and the king of generosity are working together, so make a gift of love today. Decide who or what matters most to you and put your money where your mouth is. Anonymous said “I loved her so much [...]

Astrology for June 16, 2014

6/16/2014 Monday

A sudden inspiration or message galvanizes people into action. This is a two-way winner and leads down a path you want to take. A door opens and closes today. It’s important to act quickly and then stop as soon as things turn difficult: make no attempt to keep going once the energy passes. [...]

Engaging the Method

 

You see, in our view, up until this time, most of the activity that we have been engaged in was our own effort trying to make only ourselves happy. And that’s really true. In this life, and in our lives previous to this, there has constantly been a kind of self-absorption, a kind of [...]

Drakmar Tulku Visiting the Phurba Terma

The following is a YouTube video recorded Friday April 11th, 2014 on the occasion of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo showing Drakmar Tulku the naturally occurring Phurba she found in Dakini Valley, Arizona:

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Jetsunma’s New Hat

Prayer of the Three Kayas Inseparable from the Lama

The following is a prayer from the Nam Cho Daily Practice Book by Palyul Ling International:

Lord Guru, Dharmakaya Buddha, to you I pray.

Grant blessings to cleanse the darkness of ignorance.

To the Sambhogakaya guru, I pray;

Grant blessings that meditative absorption will develop in my mind.

To the compassionate manifestation body of [...]

The Sutra of the Heart of Transcendent Knowledge

The following is dedicated to the wonderful neighbor, an angel, who brought our Brenna back home to us:

Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagria at Vulture Peak Mountain, together with a great gathering of the sangha of monks and a great gathering of the sangha of [...]

Nam Cho Dzogchen Lineage Prayer

Vidydhara Terton Migyur Dorje

The Nam Chö Dzogchen Lineage Prayer

 

OM AH HUNG CHÖ YING NAM PAR DAG PA’I PHO DRANG NA

OM AH HUNG In the perfectly pure palace of the Dharmadhatu (Sphere of Truth)

KÜN ZANG YAB YUM LA SÖL WA DEB

To Samantabhadra Yab-Yum, I pray.

TSHE CHIG SANGYE DRUB [...]

How to Handle the “Dead Zone”

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Marrying Spiritual Life with Western Culture”

So ask yourself, where are you? If you find that deadness inside of you, don’t blame your path, don’t blame your teacher, don’t blame your society, don’t blame the Buddha. Instead, go within and find [...]

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 [...]

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