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Astrology for 5/23/2015

5/23/2015 Saturday by Norma

A leader makes an appearance, stabilizing an uncertain situation and happiness is the perk of the day. Smile at everyone you meet and offer a kind word in every exchange. The entire day revolves around communication, but material matters are not favored. Buy ideas but not things, go shopping another time. […]

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Astrology for 5/22/2015

5/22/2015 Friday by Norma

Expect to be corrected when you speak; be generous, give the critic a great big blimpey smile and say “Thank you!” It’s a great day for developing humility and gratitude. Do not answer back or debate, you’ll lose. An unforgiving “politically correct” attitude permeates the airwaves; avoid the urge to lecture […]

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Our Predicament

Our Predicament

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Mixing the Mind with the Guru”

What I would like to talk about in the adult portion of our teaching is the particular situation, the predicament actually, that sentient beings find themselves in. Sentient beings are in a situation that […]

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How to Handle the "Dead Zone"

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 […]

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Nirvana Is Beyond Concepts: by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

The following is respectfully quoted from “What Makes You Not a Buddhist” by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche:

Nirvana Is Beyond Concepts

According to Buddhists, before this life in which he attained enlightenment, Siddhartha lived countless lives as birds, monkeys, elephants, kings, queens, and many as a bodhisattva, a being whose sole aim is to overcome ignorance in order to benefit all beings. But it was in his lifetime as the Indian prince Siddhartha that he at long last defeated Mara beneath the bodhi tree and finally reached the other shore, the other side of samsara. This state is referred to as “nirvana.” Having reached nirvana, he gave his first sermon in Sarnath, near Varanasi, and continued to teach throughout northern India for the rest of his long life. His students were monks and nuns, kings and warlords, courtesans and merchants. Many members of his family became denunciates, including his wife, Yashodhara, and is son, Rahula. He was venerated as a supreme human by many people from all over India and beyond. But he did not become immortal. After a long life of teaching, he passed away in a place called Kushingagar. At that moment he went even beyond nirvana to a state that is called “parinirvana.”

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