Prayer for Tex Gabriel

Tex Gabriel

Dear ones, I ask for #prayer for my beloved friend and master guitarist Wayne (Tex) Gabriel. You may remember him as John Lennon’s lead.

#JohnLennon lead guitarist after the #Beatles broke up. He has had a stroke, needs UR #Prayers. He and I have recorded together, are friends.

Tex Gabriel is the most amazingly talented ax man I have ever known. His guitar speaks, sings. I admire and love this man dearly.

We will perform Puja for healing at KPC Md on Sunday at 2:00. All who love John Lennon and Tex Gabriel are welcome. Prayers needed!

Tex Gabriel’s talent is peerless. As a man he is kind, loving, gentle. As a musician he will work all day +night to give you what you want.

He is so dear to my heart! I will not quit praying for him until he is healed. Again: Tex Gabriel, #JohnLennon lead guitar after #Beatles.

I have had the profound joy and honor of working with this amazing man. With all my heart I pray I will have the opportunity again.

I love you, Tex, and your amazing lady, Marissa. Please come all the way in healing! I pray for that. You are always in my heart, beloved.

Astrology

3/26/2010     Friday

Hope is present in the form of a happy woman or child, or a nurturing person.  Intelligent decisions are made and loving conversations take place.  You feel cheerful again and you have the confidence to tackle work that seemed overwhelming.  A canny intuitive intelligence is driving the day, and this force is enormously encouraging and helpful.  People in charge, leaders, are compassionate and inspiring.   Diplomatic speech results in close relationships and good friendships.  Go to the movies or a theatrical production.  Tell jokes, be happy!  But be careful not to overdo.  Dorothy Parker warned “Drink and dance and laugh and lie. Love, the reeling midnight through.  For tomorrow we shall die! (But, alas, we never do)”.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

3/25/2010     Thursday

A definite ending or completion of a situation occurs today.  This coincides with the appearance of something brand spanking new on the horizon that is stimulating and a confidence builder.   Yudhisthira, when asked what is the most amazing thing in life, replied “That a man, seeing others die all around him, never thinks he will die.”  Something has come to an end.   Accept this with grace and look to the new that appears to take its place.    Think of everything that changes shape; the cocoon to butterfly, the kernel to popcorn.  What seems to be a death could be a change of form, a transformation..    Remember the cycle of life, stay open to all possibilities, and you will be happy.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

It Takes Virtue

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Vow of Love series

You only have to consider the suffering of sentient beings long enough to help you create within yourself a virtuous mindstream. Once you have created a virtuous mindstream, you no longer need consider suffering. It is not useful to suffer considering suffering. It is only useful if it compels you on a path that ends suffering. That is the point.

Having heard this teaching, I hope you never become weary hearing your teachers talk about suffering. You will only hear about suffering long enough for you to soften your mind and change the way you live. You will only hear about it long enough to fill your life with virtuous and compassionate acts. If you are not completely convinced that all sentient beings are suffering, you can’t help them. You won’t help them. You won’t have the strength or the fortitude to persevere. But once your mind is stable in the practice of compassion, once you are moved by compassion to where it is a fire in your heart and you can’t do anything except that which will end suffering, that which will bring enlightenment to all sentient beings, you don’t need to meditate on suffering anymore. You are already on fire. Once you are convinced of the infallibility of cause and effect, to the extent that there is no more non-virtue in your mindstream, you don’t need to think about suffering anymore. There is no point. You are already doing what is necessary to end suffering. However, once you are so filled with compassion that your whole life is virtuous, your whole life is a vehicle for nothing but compassionate activity, and once you are convinced of the infallibility of cause and effect to the extent that there is no more non-virtue in your mindstream, you are also enlightened!

The point is this. You are receiving this teaching for a certain reason. You might think you are just curious, or interested in Buddhism and would like to explore it a little further. Or you may think you would like to deepen, or you would like to learn all things from all places. Or you may be interested in becoming a Buddhist. Whatever your particular format, you do have a reason, and I bet that reason is based upon the fact that you want to find a way out of suffering not only for yourself, but for all sentient beings as well. When I say ‘out’, I don’t mean that you want to get enlightened and then leave. I mean that you want to find a way out of the kind of mindstream, the kind of phenomena that causes suffering in both you and in all sentient beings. You want to see if there is another option.

Even if you haven’t faced that fact exactly in your heart, you are looking for something, and you are a good person. You wouldn’t be receiving this teaching if you were not a good person. You must be interested; you must have karma with the idea of compassion. Because of the infallible way that karma works, you could not receive this teaching if you didn’t have the karma of compassionate activity. You must have a tremendous amount of virtue squirreled away somewhere. I am not claiming I am such a virtuous teacher that you have to be particularly virtuous to hear me. That is not what I am saying. I am saying that in order to hear the word ‘compassion,’ in order to hear the word ‘Bodhicitta’, in order to even hear these ideas from any source, you have to have a tremendous amount of virtue, because that is the Buddha’s teaching.

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Astrology

3/24/2010     Wednesday

Yet again you want to push things to fruition, to force something to happen!  Luckily you are able to restrain yourself by remembering what happened yesterday.  Your ego activity is being blocked but your compassionate activity is being rewarded.    If you watch your own behavior and give others their due you are improving your own qualities as well as improving the situation.  Someone important said “No brahmin is a brahmin by birth.  No outcaste is an outcaste by birth.   An outcaste is an outcaste by his deeds.  A Brahmin is a Brahmin by his deeds”.  It’s your choice.  Brahmin or outcaste; which are you?

 The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Cause & Effect are Infallible

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Vow of Love series

Cause and effect are infallible. They are 100 percent infallible. The reason I think this bears mentioning is that again and again I have seen practitioners, even those who have practiced Buddhism for a long time, do things they know will cause suffering, or even cause them to fall off the path and end their quest to follow the Buddha’s teaching. I see them create non-virtue constantly.

People trick themselves. Once they know that non-virtue is the cause for suffering, because there is a karma that ripens from the seed of non-virtue, they tend to create non-virtue in a sneaky way, thinking no one will ever know. They’ll say things like, “I’m a Buddhist. I really can’t kill. I’ve taken this vow. I’m wearing these robes.” And, whap! They’ll swat a mosquito. Or even more subtle than that, they’ll make judgments thinking, “No one knows what’s going on in my mind. No one will know.” But they are constantly judging, and they think it will never bear fruit.

According to Buddhist teaching, and according to what I have seen, karma never fails to ripen. What you have done is create a non-virtue, and that non-virtue grows like a seed in your mindstream. It is an absolutely unchanging law that non-virtue will ripen in some way. The reason why you think you are getting away with judging others, for example, is because that seed may not ripen now. It may ripen ten years from now when you won’t remember what you thought about that person. Or it may ripen next week, and you know how much you remember from last week! Or it may ripen in the next life, in which case there is no possible way that you could remember. But invariably, it will ripen.

In this way, the Buddha’s teaching is born out. Even though we know all sentient beings are suffering, that the cessation of suffering is enlightenment, and that all sentient beings want to be happy, we still don’t know how to create the causes of happiness. Through non-virtuous actions we continue to create suffering instead. Even though we have these concepts memorized, strangely, we still manage to create non-virtue continuously. Therein lies the schism, the schizophrenia, the craziness that we have: while we continue to yearn for happiness, and yearn for a life and a mind state that can only be the result of a complete absence of non-virtue, we continue to create non-virtue. It is psychotic. It is really schizophrenic. You are not in touch with reality when you act this way. You are not creating your life in a way that you truly want to live.

The problem lies in our lack of understanding of cause and effect. You need to convince yourself completely, as though it were written in cement in your mind, that cause and effect are infallible. Find a way to know this as deeply and instinctively as you know that if you stop breathing, your body will expire. Know this on such a profound level that it manifests like an instinct. Strive to internalize these ideas to such an extent that they never leave you, and that your mindstream is pregnant with them. Strive, so that you cannot consider creating non-virtue even one moment.

Now, brothers and sisters, this is a tall order. But for that reason, it is necessary to study the Buddhist truth, and you don’t have to be a Buddhist to do it. You just have to look around. Open your eyes and look around. All sentient beings are suffering. But unfortunately, until your mind is softened and gentled through realizing that all sentient beings are suffering – that you yourself are suffering – you will never be able to convince yourself of the infallibility of cause and effect, because you will never consider that it is useful to consider the infallibility of cause and effect.

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Astrology

3/23/2010     Tuesday

Men, women and kids are out of sync today.  Somebody is brusque and somebody’s feelings are hurt.  The time you spend listening, understanding and being compassionate (while you are dying to zip away) is well spent and will come back to you in the future.  Be patient.  Make good karma for yourself by helping others.  If it’s any consolation your plans are unlikely to pan out in the way you foresee, so why not slow down and help others?  Then – when you have given up on your plan-  it comes through in a surprising, pleasant and unexpected way.  Who is making things happen around here anyway?  Maybe it isn’t you!

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Worthy of Respect

Rigzin Zeoli of the Garuda Aviary www.garudaaviary.org
Rigzin Zeoli of the Garuda Aviary www.garudaaviary.org

The people I respect most are those who are kind and willing to be of service to all beings. People who display compassion. Live it.

The people I respect are those who are capable of respecting the dignity of others. Honoring the Light in all. And living it.

The people I respect most are those who respect and maintain their enviornment. Who keep it pure, and make beauty where they are.

The people I respect most live honorable lives, benefiting others. Their livelihood and habits support kindness and love.

The people I respect most are those who speak well of others, or not at all. They are aware of the pollution of gossip, and act accordingly.

The people I respect most honor our planet and avoid ruining it for generations to come. They act responsibly toward Earth. Keep it clean.

The people I respect most are kind to children and animals, all beings less fortunate, and leave the word better than they found it.

Like a Bee in a Jar

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Vow of Love series

Did you ever watch yourself when you were young? Did you see what you did? Do you watch young people now? Look at the teenagers you know. They are invariably right. They know everything. I knew everything at that age, too, so I understand. They know beyond everything. If there is more than everything, they know it. They have all the answers.

We are also like that. We are locked within a time-and-space grid. When we drop something, it falls, immediately. What makes it so immediate? If it were to hang in the air for ten years, then fall, invariably we would convince ourselves it’s never going to fall. But since it falls immediately, since when we stick our hands in the fire, it hurts immediately, we believe that. Old age, sickness and death we don’t believe. We sort of get it, but it’s in the back of our minds somewhere.

Why is it we don’t fully believe in cause and effect, even though we take into account the passage of time? It’s because we are trying to be happy, so we convince ourselves that cause and effect is not absolute. Why is that? How is it that we can understand that we create the causes of suffering in our mind, and yet still convince ourselves it will not bear the fruit of suffering? It’s because karma appears to ripen in different ways. Karma can ripen immediately. If I drop something and it falls, this is karma ripening. I dropped it; it fell. Karma can also ripen in a different way.

Because of your belief that self-nature is inherently real, you have created the delusion of a self. Self has a beginning and it has an end, and that is the cause for death. The cause for death is the belief in self-nature as being real; that is why people die. Yet you will convince yourself it is okay to believe in self-nature, that there is no problem as long as you can find a way to make self happy. You think it’s going to be okay. But you are still going to die. We are doing this to ourselves, and we don’t even realize it. The self is a finite thing. It had a beginning, a time when it was conceived. There was a time when the thought of self-nature as being inherently real first manifested. Since that is so, then it also must end. If there is a beginning, there is an end.

In the same way, we are constantly engaged in creating things that are the karmic causes of our own suffering, but we don’t make a connection. The reason we don’t make a connection is due to the other kind of karmic ripening, the one that you don’t see in this life. The karma that ripens after a long time, an intermediate time, or even a short time, are karmic ripenings that you actually do not see in this lifetime.

Here then is a problem. Here is one of the reasons why it becomes very difficult to realize the unchangeable truth that all sentient beings wish to be happy, and yet not realizing how to create the causes of happiness, create instead the causes of suffering.

Many of the things that we have suffered in this lifetime seem to have been put upon us in an innocent way. We were innocent. Why is someone born with a cleft palate? Why are some of us born with a crippling condition, some handicap? Why do some of us become ill or die when we have tried to live a good life, when we have done everything we can to be kind to other human beings and have never killed anyone? It is because many of the causes that we see in this lifetime have come from a time before.

Now, from my point of view, if you don’t believe in reincarnation you have no access to the technology of Buddhism. You have to accept the idea you have lived before, and that some of the results you see ripening in your life now are ripening due to causes created in a time you do not know. And that some of the causes you are creating now – because you are creating causes constantly – will ripen in a time you cannot see. If you don’t accept that, Buddhist or not Buddhist, you cannot evolve in your mind; you cannot adapt and have the strength to continue. In fact, you cannot have the perspective to practice the antidote to suffering. Everyone who has ever been considered a living Buddha on this earth has taught reincarnation. So maybe you might want to consider it an idea that you could adopt.

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Astrology

3/22/2010     Monday

Speed and a burst of energy characterize the day.  You blast off in a flurry of excitement and run straight into….an obstacle. A stop sign.  Something that says “Don’t forget about me”  Okayyyyyyyyy.  Find out what needs to be done, do it, and blast off a bit more carefully the second time.  Your plan is a good one.  If someone else is involved – an integral part of the plan – that person will appear slow and doubtful.  Listen carefully.  You are the battering ram today, and your partner tells you where to aim.  If everyone plays their assigned part, success is the result! Not bad.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

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