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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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What Do You Reach For?

What Do You Reach For?

There are three different levels on which you can recognize your Teacher.  One is an extremely poor level, a common, ordinary level.  One is an intermediate level in which you see that the teacher holds the teachings purely and gives the teachings purely and you really admire the Teacher and feel great respect for the […]

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Astrology for 1/15/2017

1/15/2017 Sunday by Norma

Putter around doing small projects; fixing, tidying, arranging. Organize things, clear out old clothes for donation, sweep out the dog bed. Avoid annoying people who are grieving, ill or suffering with chirpy “can do” pep talks, you’ll just get in trouble. You must improve something, however, so work […]

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Meal Blessing

SHORT CHENREZIG MEAL BLESSING

THE BLESSING:

Visualize that the offerings are purified and increase. OM AH HUNG THE OFFERING PRAYER: Remembering the Three Jewels, take refuge and offer the food visualized as a vast display. TÖN PA LA MED SANGYE RINPOCHE To the unsurpassed teacher, the precious Buddha, KYOB PA LA MED DAM CHÖ RINPOCHE To the unsurpassed refuge, the precious holy Dharma, DREN PA LA MED GEN DÜN RINPOCHE To the unsurpassed guide, the precious Sangha, KYAB NE KÖN CHOG SUM LA CHÖD PA BÜL This offering is made to the three supreme and rare Jewels of Refuge.

THE PRACTICE:

Visualize oneself as the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, white in color, with one face and four arms.  Two palms are pressed together at the heart and the outer two hands are holding a crystal mala in the right and a lotus in the left.  Adorned with jewels and silks, you are seated in the full lotus posture upon a lotus and moon seat. JOWO KYÖN GYI MA GÖ KU DOG KAR To the unstained Lord, whose body is white in color, DZOG SANGYE KYI U LA GYEN Whose head is adorned with a perfect Buddha, THUG JE’I CHEN GYI DRO LA ZIG Who views living beings with the eyes of compassion, CHENREZIG LA SÖL WA DEB To Avalokiteshvara I pray.

THE MANTRA RECITATION:

Recite the Mani Mantra as many times as possible. OM MANI PEDME HUNG While reciting the mantra, recall all sentient beings, who have passed away, especially those who lost their lives in the preparation of the meal, and generate compassion for them.  Expand your awareness to include even the insects that were harmed in the course of raising, transporting or cooking the vegetables and grains.  If one has received the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara, by this prayer and recitation one will maintain the samaya commitment. THE DEDICATION: Meditate that all beings attain the state of liberation through this prayer. GEWA DI YI NYUR DU DAG By the virtue of this practice, myself CHENREZIG WANG DRUB GYUR NE Accomplishing swiftly Lord Avalokiteshvara, DRO WA CHIG KYANG MA LÜ PA May all beings without exception DE YI SA LA GÖD PAR SHOG Be liberated to his level! This concise food blessing was composed of various traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayers by the Venerable Gyaltrul Rinpoche for his students.  May it be of benefit.
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