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The Four Noble Truths - An Introduction

The Four Noble Truths – An Introduction

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Keeping Heart Samaya”

One of the things that I have learned since I met with my teacher is to follow the fundamental thoughts as taught by the Buddha very carefully, starting with the thought that all sentient beings are suffering, and [...]

Astrology for 9/21/2014

9/21/2014 Sunday by Norma

Your wish to “get on with it,” to make something happen, feels blocked. Work is interrupted by unexpected incidents and frustration ensues. The problem is the number of small tasks involved. Step back, get the big picture, and you’ll know what you need to do. Instead of clipping every blade of [...]

Astrology for 9/20/2014

9/20/2014 Saturday by Norma

An early rebuff comes, and once it’s over things go really well. The problem is that you were too confident and irritated the wrong person. Being a showoff is unsuccessful, but careful work is goes very well today. Absolutely keep your nose to the grindstone because you can wrap up a [...]

Caring for the Precious Sangha

Caring for the Precious Sangha

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Keeping Heart Samaya”

As a student, one of your responsibilities is to uphold and protect the Sangha, one of the Three Precious Jewels. The way that works is this. The Sangha is one body. If one part of the human body [...]

The Nature of Kaliyuga

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Vajrayana and Kaliyuga”

It used to be that one could learn something of the Buddha’s teaching – for instance, a beginning philosophy, such as the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, and some of the Buddha’s basic teachings – but one could not [...]

Propagating the Dharma

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Vajrayana and Kaliyuga”

Besides making it possible for the teachings to be readily available to all who wish them, Kaliyuga is valuable in another way: Namely, one can practice in a way that is extremely condensed.One can learn the philosophy of [...]

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 [...]

Pure Form – Deity Generation

We are involved in Vajrayana. We go much further in our practice than this thinking about nature and this going around in circles and this logic and this theory and this philosophy. We go further than that. We actually engage in practices in which one generates oneself as a pure consciousness form, which is [...]

Every Experience Is a Blessing

We’re all sleeping until we reach supreme enlightenment, but most are really sleeping in a very profound way. In that coma, they are not even able to say, “I want”. They merely act out, and they act out in different ways.

While we are still asleep and until we achieve supreme realization, the fact [...]

Finding Our Way Home

 

By the time you have grown and begun to find your path, you have already lost yourself somewhere. You don’t understand yourself any more. You have already done things for which you do not forgive yourself. You have already substituted something else for the longing that you felt. You have already substituted something [...]

Logic and Relative View

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Perception”

The Buddha never really bothered to address cosmological questions. It is true that in the Vajrayana tradition there is a cosmological history that is given, but to my understanding that history does not teach us how the original assumption came [...]

“Can Do” – Looking Deeper at Hope and Fear

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Mindfulness of Cyclic Existence”

As a Westerner, in a subtle and also in an overt way, we have a certain attitude that we should present ourselves in a certain way. In our culture, it is considered to be an excellent [...]

Perception and Consciousness

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Perception”

Think of the experiences that constitute our lives and then single them out. For instance, we certainly have the experience of form, and we have the experience of that which is formless. We have the experience of touch. We have [...]

What Causes Happiness?

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Faults of Cyclic Existence”

In order to understand what to do, we have to understand the definition of the cessation of suffering. The cessation of suffering doesn’t happen when everything external gets all right. Can you learn this? Can we all [...]

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