Advice for the Vajrayana Practitioner

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When following the path of Vajrayana, there are steps one must take just as they are. They are the technology, or method.

Method must be accomplished as taught in each Lineage. If you mix it up, or combine with other methods there will be no result.

Some people sample Buddhism and mix it up with Hinduism, New Ageism, shamanism, etc. all are fine but Vajrayana should NEVER be mixed.

Vajrayana Masters say this constantly. If mixed with other views purity and potency are watered down, so no benefit. Samaya is ruined.

Practitioners are constantly warned to follow step by step until true realization. If one simply dabbles, Vajrayana is not for you.

Each step is practiced until accomplished for the benefit of sentient beings- it is said one is of benefit when enlightened.

Many people through ordinary human kindness can be helpful; but not like a Buddha, Supreme Guide.

Until one reaches tenth Bhumi level, one can still fall to the lower realms, revolving in confusion and lost in delusion, how sad.

To say Enlightenment is not possible, or is irrelevant is false Dharma. Even if one means well, this is spiraling downward.

Please abandon such wrong view and wrong activity, you are harming others! This is not kind. Not what Buddha taught.

Guru Rinpoche the peerless Vajra Master taught like this; that with intense practice one can attain realization in this life. EMAHO!

NEVER abandon that promise made by Guru Padmasambava at the very cost of your life! It is the great hope of humankind.

These are the sacred unalterable truths of Dharma, of Tantric Buddhism, and if polluted, are polluted for all

This is why Lineage is essential; to hold and confer the Dharma in pure succession, untainted, from a pure Lineage Master!

Following the path of Vajrayana purely, one will never be duped, or confused, the way is as straight as an arrow!

May pure Dharma, even in these dark times always be available to the sea of beings as vast as the sky! May we never abandon Bodhicitta!

Astrology

12/21/2009  Monday

This is a major day for art and creativity.  You are emotionally happy and expansive. You feel inclusive as opposed to restrictive toward others.  Make a new friend.  Call someone.  Initiate something new today.  Spirituality, creativity and love align on this day.  Any creations have a special magic.  You look at what you have done and are surprised by its beauty.  Men or authority figures turn serious later in the day, and they start wondering how they will be remembered after they’re gone.  You may need to encourage someone who is focusing on one mistake in the past as opposed to a lifetime of good effort.  If that person is you, take the same advice.  See the big picture and 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!

Astrology

12/20/2009  Sunday

Groups inspire and invigorate you and they make you happy. Get together with close friends or people with similar interests. Have a brunch or a party for a special person.  This is a good party day; don’t stay home or you will have missed out on fun.  You could feel lingering disappointment or attachment to the attraction you felt yesterday.  It will fade suddenly.  Anyone left out of a situation will feel snubbed and anger could flare. Try to keep your eye open for an outlier, someone who isn’t part of things, and bring that person into the group. That person is a leader.

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

12/19/2009   Saturday

Nothing much happens during the early part of the day.  This is a good time to relax, be with the family, tidy up the house, or finish a work project from last week.  Later in the day a communication or interaction stabilizes your emotions and you can clearly see what you need to do to accomplish your goal.  This is a “eureka!” moment, an “aha!” that clears up a mystery.  Mathematics, science or machines prove helpful. Measurements and calculations are straight and true.  This is a science day.  Learn something new.  Think high tech, machines, etc.   In the romantic arena you could have a sudden attraction to someone, but it fizzles.  Don’t bother.

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!

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

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Refuge

I take refuge in the Lama.

I take refuge in the Buddha.

I take refuge in the Dharma.

I take refuge in the Sangha.

The Bodhisattva Vow

I dedicate myself to the liberation and salvation of all sentient beings.  I offer my body, speech, and mind in order to accomplish the purpose of all sentient beings.  I will return in whatever form necessary, under extraordinary circumstances to end suffering.  Let me be born in times unpredictable, in places unknown, until all sentient beings are liberated from the cycle of death and rebirth.

Taking no thought for my comfort or safety, precious Lama (Buddha), make of me a pure and perfect instrument by which the end of suffering and death in all forms might be realized.  Let me achieve perfect enlightenment for the sake of all beings.  And then by my hand and heart alone, may all beings achieve full enlightenment and perfect liberation.

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Does a healthy family mean living longer?

Does a healthy family mean living longer?

Original hexagram is Water over Heaven; 5
The Expansion is Lake over Heaven; 43
The Kernel is Water over Fire; 63 BY WAY OF Water over Fire; 63

Our families whether they be our birth families, spiritual families or immediate families, they are a part of our destiny.  It is best if we do not rush but rather allow the natural unfolding of our family, and family to be. Having family builds our character, and to a large degree dictates our moral compass.  And, family has a way of showing us our truth, bringing self honesty to the open.

It is with family that we gain a deeper understanding of union, and contributing toward the common good.  This understanding leads to progress and a shedding of ego, cultivating generosity and compassion for others. Having family is virtuous is many ways, and absolutely can contribute to living a long and healthy life, when the family is in harmony.

In life there are times when everything appears to be in balance, and then it flips.  Family helps us learn how to bite through obstacles and weather the storms of life.  Family helps us make difficult transitions, grow and develop, and ideally supports us with our journeys.

When the family, whether it be birth, immediate, spiritual or otherwise; whatever family is to us, when in balance and harmony, can be rewarding and bring a lot of joy to our lives, which lends itself to longevity.

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Astrology

12/18/2009  Friday

You come up with a solid, workable idea that is good for business.  Emotions mix favorably with the mind and result in good, logic based thinking.  You’ll thank yourself later for decisions you make today.  Friends and groups are in sync.  You love each other and work together harmoniously.  If you have been doing something that has put you out of touch with the times, you will realize your mistake and correct your course.  A modest adjustment could make you “with it” in a new way and lead to success in an area where you couldn’t quite figure out what was blocking you.  The block or obstacle is gone.  Go forward.

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

12/17/2009  Thursday

Romance is alive today.  You rise above yourself with enthusiasm.  This works to counter-balance a pressured feeling associated with a woman, emotions or your standing in the world.  There are two doors to choose from today: the enthusiastic door and the fearful door. Door #1 is open to all possibility, and Door #2 traps you in worrisome patterns from the past.  If what you are doing reminds you of a prior troubling situation you have chosen Door #2. You can at any moment choose again and find happiness. Avoid rumination and running scenarios over and over in your head, but do tend to business.

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!

Can Spiritual Practice conquer illness?

Can Spiritual Practice conquer illness?

Original hexagram is Thunder over Mountain; 62
The Expansion is Lake over Heaven; 43
The Kernel is Heaven over Heaven; 1 BY WAY OF Lake over Wind; 28

Our spiritual practice provides us with the nourishment that we need in order to grow, emotionally, mentally and some would even argue physically.  And, of course spiritually.  It is medicine for the soul, and food for the body.  We are not separate from the world, rather we are connected to it and we are better served when we meditate with it. What is important to realize is that the world cannot offer us anything, really.  If we want to seek the truth as Lord Buddha did, then we have to be in the world, but not of the world. Where we run into problems is believing in what we are experiencing to be real and buying into the emotion we may be experiencing. What causes illness? Many say unhappiness.

When we can put our spiritual practice into our daily lives, and live it as a philosophy; a way of life, then we begin to experience a breakthrough.  As if those frozen lakes that reside within us begin to break apart, and allow the sunshine to penetrate the depths of our existence.  In these moments, our faults and emotions no longer have power over us, rather we have power over them~ and progress occurs.

The question is more like, what can happen as a result of my spiritual practice? Strength, vitality, creative action, and an awakening of power that can lead to enlightenment~ a development of higher nature.  We gain clarity and direction, confidence and courage.  In the end, a sublime success.

If illness is caused by unfortunate circumstance, whatever that might be, then it would seem appropriate to cultivate whenever possible the things that promote and foster fortunate circumstances.  What does that mean?  Engage in virtuous activity, allow your intentions to be set on helping and serving the common good, and be careful as to not exhaust yourself in worldly things.  The text indicates that now is a time for change, and extraordinary measures are needed.  These only come by way of our spiritual practices.  It is a time to take action with gentleness~ continuous, but gentle penetration to the meaning of the situation.

In the end, the world can not offer you anything, only what you have accomplished in your spiritual practices.  Have a wonderful Wednesday, and enjoy your prayers.

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