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Devotion in the Bardo

Devotion in the Bardo

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo offered during a Phowa retreat:

Now we’ll speak about the bardo of becoming. I forgot to mention to you that I’ve had many opportunities to practice Phowa on other people, and I’ve noticed that in every case, even if the person had […]

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Astrology for 12/21/2014

12/21/2014 Sunday by Norma

Bipartisan thinking characterizes today. You and others agree on what to do, and you do it! A zippy, cheery spirit permeates the environment. Spend time with people you love whose energy lifts you up. Someone is very happy for your company, be nice! A group endeavor is heading in a successful […]

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The Faint

The Faint

The following is an excerpt from a teaching offered by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo during a Phowa retreat:

Now I want to refer back to this book [Death and the Art of Dying by Bokar Rinpoche] to give you a couple of statements that I think may be helpful. When we last were together we […]

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Astrology for 12/20/2014

12/20/2014 Saturday by Norma

A strong emotional pull conflicts with a desire for freedom: you want to stay with a loved one and you want to run away! Fortunately, two open doors appear today. The first leads to philosophical thinking and travel, the second goes in the direction of groups. Join your friends, be steadfast […]

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CHOTRUL DUCHEN – MIRACLES OF THE BUDDHA

Post submitted by Thubten Rinchen Palzang from Sedona, Arizona:

ChotrulDuchen, the major Buddhist holiday which commemorates the 15 days of miracles performed by the Buddha to arouse devotion in his followers, dawned sunny with bright blue skies in Sedona.  At the Amitabha Stupa, members of the Sedona sangha gathered to begin their day-long practice.  It is said that all virtue (and non-virtue) is multiplied 10 million times on such a day.  It is a good day to practice.

As the practice began, a hawk swooped low past the stupa.  Later, as practitioners circumambulated the stupa, an eagle soared high overhead, making clockwise loops around the stupa.  These were considered by those present to be auspicious signs.

As the day progressed, the sky clouded over, the wind picked up, the temperature dropped, and more and more people kept showing up at the stupa.  At 3:00 pm those who gathered began the Shower of Blessings, a devotional practice dedicated to Guru Rinpoche.  Some forty people were present, many of whom had read about the event in the local paper, The Red Rock News.  Most had never done a Buddhist practice before, but they were drawn by the opportunity to say prayers for Japan as well as their own spiritual yearning.

In the dedications that preceded the practice, a number of people revealed that they had some close connection with Japan and the Japanese people and had come to pray for them especially.  Special prayers from Chatral Rinpoche, one of the Nyingma school’s most highly respected lamas, were done, prayers which were especially chosen for the situation in Japan and the imminent nuclear danger there.  The tsog food offering was abundant, and the mood serious.  Many circumambulations of the stupa were completed.  Following the practice, the mood shifted to one of celebration as the food offering was enjoyed.

May devotion arise in all sentient beings, and may all come to know the blessings of Lord Buddha!

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