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Astrology for 6/26/2016

6/26/2016 Sunday by Norma

You receive information that’s either wrong or incomprehensible, after which you’ll get lost. Have a laugh at yourself, good humor is the gift of the day. Later your thinking deepens and you’re able to understand a mystery. Albert Einstein said, “Look deeply into nature, and then you will understand […]

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Astrology for 6/25/2016

6/25/2016 Saturday by Norma

Things settle down, and relaxation combines with sensitivity to make for a happy day. Stay away from rationality in planning outings, go with your intuition. (“The top of the hill is above everything, but my gut says to head for this clearing.”) Spend time with children, family and household matters […]

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Natural Practice

Natural Practice

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Western Chod”

I came  to understand that that is the way it would be.  I had to not lie to sentient beings.  I could not hold these beings in my arms and say, “Here I am for you.  I’ll do anything I can […]

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Stopping the Merry-Go-Round

Stopping the Merry-Go-Round

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Antidoting the Mantra of Samsara”

Now, during this practice, with our whole body we’re purifying body karma arising from the non-virtuous activity that we have engaged in since time out of mind, when instead of going for refuge, we went for ice cream.  […]

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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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