Root Teacher

From The Spiritual Path:  A Compilation of Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Perception, or revelation, varies according to the capability of one’s own mind. A mind dulled by obstacles and obscurations can go to a holy place, hear a holy teaching, even bow to a holy one—and walk away unaffected. The mind that is quickened and ready can come and drink, perhaps not understanding what it has drunk, but at least knowing that this is true nourishment. The mind that is truly realized can perceive that upon every atom there are Buddhas beyond counting; that one’s own Root Teacher is the Dharmakaya Buddha come at last; that Guru Rinpoche is the emanation of pure compassion who made all of this possible; and that He has entered, in many forms, into all levels of cyclic existence. Such a mind can understand that every sound is the voice of the Precious Guru, that every breath of air is the movement of His teachings.

Any revelation that purifies the mind of duality and delusion, bringing forth the nectar of compassion from deep within you is the Precious Guru appearing once again. Any path such as Vajrayana, which leads to enlightenment in a definable, reliable way—is itself the appearance of the Precious Guru. If you achieve realization in this lifetime, that is Guru Rinpoche. If you hear a teaching, which brings enlightenment closer, that is Guru Rinpoche. If compassion is born in your heart so that you will spend your life practicing and praying for others and discovering within yourself all-pervading compassion, that is Guru Rinpoche. He is the Guru of compassion, the Guru of boundless light, the Guru of great love, the Guru of supreme medicine. He is the voice, the body, the mind, the heart, and the very embodiment of the all-pervading, compassionate nature of Dharmakaya. He continues to appear in a form that is accessible and real in every culture. He simply is. He is present within you now. Even as you read this, you can feel His presence. You can see Him in every part of your life. Strive at every moment to birth Him in your mind and heart. Pray never to be separate from the Three Precious Jewels and always, in every breath of air, to encounter the Precious Guru.

If you sincerely wish to end suffering in this and all other worlds, sincerely wish to root out the causes of suffering in your own mind, the Guru is active within you. In that sincere wish, He is calling you. Because of that sincerity, you will see Him. You will see Him even physically, for you will surely find an excellent and perfect Teacher. As Guru Rinpoche said, “I will come as your Teacher.” If your heart is pure and sincere, the Guru will appear before you.

In Vajrayana, even if your teacher is not enlightened, you can attain realization through pure faith, provided you seek only that which will cleanse all non-virtue from your mind, which will reveal the true, uncontrived face of Dharmakaya as your own face, and if you deeply wish to end the suffering of all sentient beings. Then your Teacher, even unrealized, will act upon you as Nirmanakaya Buddha. If with pure intention you accomplish your part of the bargain, you will find that your teacher is in fact Nirmanakaya Buddha. Your job is only to keep your heart pure. If you do not practice, if you deceive yourself in your practice, if you do not practice sincerely, or if you practice for the wrong reasons, not only have you accomplished nothing but you are only fooling yourself, for you will never see that precious face.

What is available to you now is the realization of the Precious Guru. He is the medicine for all ills, the end of suffering. He appears on this earth by the virtue of primordial nature and uncontrived mind. His virtue and nature are such that they are constantly revealed. They are all-pervasive. That is the truth of the Precious Guru. He appears upon the earth time and time again, in whatever form the karma of beings requires. He is food and drink, available the moment you feel hunger and thirst. He brings you the path to supreme enlightenment. He abides in all aspects of that path: the Teacher, the Sangha, and the Dharma. You cannot cut Him out of your mind, but you can ignore Him. Yet even after that, the moment you turn around, He is there.

I hope that this is helpful to you. If it can inspire even a little devotion in your heart and mind, it is worthwhile. Great devotion is necessary on this path, but we are too stiff most of the time. Do you remember the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples? That was an act of devotion, the perfect act of a Bodhisattva. We should all serve each other. We should care for others more than we care for ourselves. Devotion is the softener of hearts. It causes pride to be purified. It washes away the stiffness that accompanies egocentricity. Pure devotion itself can be a cause for realization. We should all engage in such holy activity, embodying the Precious Guru. Then, washing the feet of all sentient beings, we will finally understand our own true face.

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Astrology

2/6/10   Saturday

Early today two things happen simultaneously:  first you become confused and lose your way or make a mistake, and second you come up with a fabulous idea that is so brilliant and creative you are amazed.  You needed to make an end run around what others think to come up with your own solution, and you have done so.  Appealing to a higher governmental body or organization can be surprisingly successful.  Any sort of volunteer work where you are able to compassionately work with others is extremely satisfying. The government is on your side in the current situation. This is a pleasant development.

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

2/5/10   Friday

You have a secret which if you tell others, it will get you in trouble.  You are dying to tell someone but do not tell, especially to groups.  An older person, a grandparent or someone far away, is the only safe recipient of your secret.  The love you receive from friends and groups makes you want to speak up,  but no no no!  As a result of this impasse you feel emotionally cut off from others, a loner, an outsider among your favorite people.  Write, journal, express your feelings on paper, then throw it away.  Perhaps you will make a secret purchase that only you know about, perhaps you have hidden money that others don’t know about. Do not discuss your investments today.  Be secretive.  You’ll be glad you did.

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

2/4/10   Thursday

You could have an amazing dream or perception as you awake this morning.  Pay attention!  It’s a winner.  You feel rather indecisive early in the day but in the afternoon you settle down and you are both inspired and businesslike.   You can work through and favorably resolve major longstanding issues today.  A generous, benevolent force is on your side and this force points out the way to you.  If the picture looks rosy and expansive, that’s the sign that you’re heading in the right direction.    You’re almost afraid of how happy you feel today; you worry that it will end.  Don’t worry, it will end, but something else will take its place.  Accept the good that comes and don’t look forward or backward.  Be here now.

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

2/3/10   Wednesday

Partnerships blossom and flourish today.  Harmony reigns.  Men and women are happy together and if you’re thinking of marriage or committing to a partnership, today’s the day!  Will there be a few problems, sure!  Does it look great, yes! Love is in the air! Do not put off writing an important letter or renewing a business license if you need to.  Matters requiring diplomacy are favored.  Definitely do your best to please those you are with.  Those heart shaped boxes of candy are appropriate for today. Make someone happy and you will make yourself 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!

Astrology

2/2/10   Tuesday

A pleasant boss or man lends a hand and wants to be your friend.  This is favorable, even though you may feel outclassed at first.  Groups are loving and supportive.  It’s a good day to meet with those with whom you share common interests.  Later in the day women or children could need your attention.  Be reassuring and “there” for the people who rely on you for love and security.  A persistent problem could re-emerge to be discussed or solved once again.  Old timers, those who have been around for a long time, have a viewpoint that seems negative but is based on reality.  Take their ideas into consideration before formulating any plans.  You’ll be glad you did.

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

2/1/10   Monday

Work!  It’s fun today and you’re ready for action.  You feel refreshed and in the swing of things on the job.  If you’re at home you motor through chores in a zippy, accomplished manner.  Your mind is able to organize the tasks before you in a way that catches the notice of higher ups, and you teach by doing. Your goal is in reach.  From another perspective, a favorable influence has been steadily growing from behind the scenes opening a door that has been closed until now.  Wills, legacies and inheritances are favorable today.

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

1/31/10   Sunday

A squeeze play is in effect.  It’s a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation.  You feel like a two year old with a golf ball in your mouth, it won’t go down and you can’t get it out.  Relax, chill.  Wait things out.  Without completely realizing it, you have passed a crisis point.  It’s still so new that you don’t realize something has been solved.  Trouble is moving slowly away.  It will take time, but life is getting easier.  A source of inspiration is at hand, gently beckoning to you.  A situation that seemed dead can come back to life.  Things just might work out!

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!

Walking the Talk

cardinal in winter

A red Cardinal sits on a snowy Pine bough, all fluffed up, right outside my window, looking in. Bet he’s cold. When I see nature in it beauty and suffering, I think of the Bodhicitta. How pith. How essential. There is no Enlightenment without it.

Often we see Dharma students discuss, pontificate, and indulge in masturbatory mental games. What a foolish waste of time. To give rise to Bodhicitta even if there is no knowledge of Sutras, Tantras, to offer one prayer, one crust of bread, one mantra is so precious…To save the life of or bring comfort to one sentient being is so much better than to love to hear yourself talk about Dharma.

When I see this Dharma-babble amongst those who do only that and have no heart for Bodhicitta, I feel sick and sad. How pitiful! We are taught “Like going to a continent of Precious Jewels and coming away empty handed. How pitiful!” They miss the point.

What benefit is there in a good old boy’s Dharma club where you sit around and compliment each other’s meaningfulness? A joke- And an unfortunate display of the shallowness of one’s practice. Everyone sees the shame of it except for the “fool on the hill” shouting. What ego, what pride, what ignorance drives one to distort the Dharma and its true value that way? Self cherishing, at the expense of others.

Give me one honest follower with a good heart, respect, compassion, and willingness to learn new and grow. I will do anything for that one. Show me a dried up bitter heart without Bodhicitta, and a rigid mind claiming to know Dharma- ‘scuse me while I laugh. And those who do more proclaiming their own glory in as many religious costumes as they can collect? What is the use?

When I’m not teaching I wear American clothes. Jeans. If my students cannot see me as Primordial Nature, well- there’s work to do. Dharma is unelaborated, uncontrived, free of conceptualization just as it is. Quit talking and judging and heal the heart. Thrill me.

Copyright © Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo.  All rights reserved

Astrology

1/30/10   Saturday

A fight is in the air!  That person!  That group!  You or someone else is insistent on being “right” in a given situation, and nobody will back down.   The sides seem so opposite each other that a middle ground seems unreachable.  A group or friend is willing to be the “good guy” and give a little.  Nice.  Someone needs validation.  Tell an upset person how much you care.  Recount someone’s good qualities and activities.  Someone needs a pat on the back, which may be the necessary component that ends a problem. “I like you” can be the tiebreaker and the deal maker.  Shakespeare said “Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?” How about 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!

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