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Astrology for 1/18/2017

1/18/2017 Wednesday by Norma

If you’re uncertain about something today, please refrain from doing it! Indecision is an inner warning system that you should heed. Floods, gas leaks, spoiled food, fog and covert activity play a significant role in the events of the day. Notice unusual odors, shifty people or anything that […]

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Propagating the Dharma

Propagating the Dharma

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Vajrayana and Kaliyuga”

Besides making it possible for the teachings to be readily available to all who wish them, Kaliyuga is valuable in another way: Namely, one can practice in a way that is extremely condensed.One can learn the philosophy of the nature […]

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Astrology for 1/17/2017

1/17/2017 Tuesday by Norma

Partnership does not serve you well today, in fact it can get you into trouble. You and your companion agree on your position, but others don’t. This is a poor time to go against those in power, whose strategies you don’t understand. Open defiance doesn’t work, but compassionate […]

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Astrology for 1/16/2017

1/16/ Monday by Norma

An outstanding opportunity to improve your professional standing comes, and you have the right qualifications for the job! An obscure door opens, one you didn’t know existed, and you may enter. Go in directly, if you wait or think about past failures you’ll miss the chance. Ortega y […]

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Commitment: From “The Way of The Bodhisattva” by Shantideva

The following is respectfully quoted from "The Way of the Bodhisattva" by Shantideva as translated by the Padmakara Translation Group and published by Shambhala: Commitment 1. With joy I celebrate The virtue that relieves all beings From the sorrows of the states of loss, And places those who languish in the realms of bliss. 2. And I rejoice in virtue that creates the cause Of gaining the enlightened state, And celebrate the freedom won By living beings from the round of pain. 3. And in the buddhahood of the protectors I delight And in the stages of the buddha's offspring. 4. The intention, ocean of great good, That seeks to place all beings in the state of bliss, And every action for the benefit of all: Such is my delight and all my joy. 5. And so I join my hands and pray The buddhas who reside in every quarter: Kindle now the Dharma's light For those who grope, bewildered in the dark of suffering! 6. I join my hands, beseeching the enlightened ones Who wish to pass beyond the bonds of sorrow: Do not leave us in our ignorance; Remain among us for unnumbered ages! 7. And through these actions now performed, By all the virtue I have just amassed, May all the pain of every living being Be wholly scattered and destroyed! 8. For all those ailing in the world, Until their every sickness has been healed, May I myself become for them The doctor, nurse, the medicine itself. 9. Raining down a flood of food and drink, May I dispel the ills of thirst and famine. And in the ages marked by scarcity and want, May I myself appear as drink and sustenance. 10. For sentient beings, poor and destitute, May I become a treasure ever plentiful, And lie before them closely in their reach, A varied source of all that they might need. 11. My body, thus, and all my good besides, And all my merits gained and to be gained, I give them all away withholding nothing To bring about the benefit of beings. 12. Nirvāna is attained by giving all, Nirvāna the objective of my striving. Everything therefore must be abandoned, And it is best to give it all to others. 13. This body I have given up To serve the pleasure of all living beings. Let them kill and beat and slander it, And do to it whatever they desire. 14. And though they treat it like a toy, Or make of it the butt of every mockery, My body has been given up to them-- There's no use, now, to make so much of it. 15. And so let beings do to me Whatever does not bring them injury. Whenever they catch sight of me, Let his not fail to bring them benefit. 16. If those who see me entertain A thought of anger or devotion, May these states supply the cause Whereby their good and wishes are fulfilled. 17. All those who slight me to my face, Or do me any other evil, Even if they blame or slander me, May they attain the fortune of enlightenment! 18. May I be a guard for those who are protector less, A guide for those who journey on the road. For those who wish to go across water, May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge. 19. May I be an isle for those who yearn for landfall, And a lamp for those who long for light; For those who need a resting place, a bed; For all who need a servant, may I be their slave. 20. May I be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty, A word of power and the supreme healing; May I be the tree of miracles, And for every being the abundant cow. 21. Like the earth and the pervading elements, Enduring as the sky itself endures, For boundless multitudes of living beings, May I be their ground and sustenance. 22. Thus for everything that lives, As far as are the limits of the sky, May I provide their livelihood and nourishment Until they pass beyond the bonds of suffering. 23. Just as all the buddhas of the past Embraced the awakened attitude of mind, And in the precepts of the bodhisattvas Step by step abode and trained, 24. Just so, and for the benefit of beings, I will also have this attitude of mind, And in those precepts, step by step, I will abide and train myself. 25. That this the most pure and spotless state of mind Might be embraced and constantly increase, The prudent who have cultivated it Should praise it highly in such words as these: 26. "Today my life has given fruit. This human state has now been well assumed. Today I take my birth in Buddha's line, And have become the buddhas' child and heir. 27. "In every way, then, I will undertake Activities befitting such a rank. And I will do no act to mar Or compromise this high and faultless lineage. 28. "For I am like a blind man who has found A precious gem within a mound of filth. Exactly so, as if by some strange chance, The enlightened mind has come to birth in me. 29. "This is the draft of immortality, That slays the Lord of Death, the slaughterer of beings, The rich unfailing treasure-mine To heal the poverty of wanderers. 30. "It is the sovereign remedy, That perfectly allays all maladies. It is the wishing tree bestowing rest On those who wander wearily the pathways of existence. 31. "It is the universal vehicle that saves All wandering beings from the states of loss-- The rising moon of the enlightened mind That soothes the sorrows born of the afflictions. 32. "It is a mighty sun that utterly dispels The gloom and ignorance of wandering beings, The creamy butter, rich and full, All churned from milk of holy Teaching. 33. "Living beings! Wayfarers upon life's paths, Who wish to taste the riches of contentment, Here before you is the supreme bliss-- Here, O ceaseless wanderers, is your fulfillment! 34. "And so, within the sight of all protectors, I summon every being, calling them to buddhahood-- And till that state is reached, to every earthly joy! May gods and demigods, and all the rest, rejoice!"  
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