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Astrology for 5/5/2016

5/5/2016 Thursday by Norma

The urge for quick action is here but the direction is uncertain. Surges of energy leading to frustration and aggravation are passing and possibly related to who you’ve spent time with. Be alert to the chance of energy transfer from others to you in the form of unexpected emotion. […]

Seed of Your Buddha Nature

Seed of Your Buddha Nature

When one begins to understand some of the ideas that are presented in Dharma, one realizes that the goal that we are engaged in “moving toward”, if you’ll forgive that bad choice of words, is actually Buddha Nature itself. We tend to consider that the path is like a thing that goes from here to […]

Astrology for 5/4/2016

5/4/2016 Wednesday by Norma

A surge of happy energy permeates the day, and you’re able to move ahead with a plan for the future. Mercury retrograde gives the chance for a “do-over” of something from before. Things are seen in a different light, with new ramifications, leading to different outcomes. It’s time […]

Excerpts from A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

Chenrezig

A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

by Shantideva
Chapter One:  Benefits of the Awakening Mind

#5

Just as a flash of lightning on a dark cloudy night

For an instant brightly illuminates all,

Likewise in this world, through the might of Buddha,

A wholesome thought rarely and briefly appears.

#25

This intention to benefit all beings,

Which does not arise in others […]

All Sentient Beings

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

One of the most important and central thoughts in Buddhist philosophy is the idea of compassion. The Buddha taught that we must cultivate our lives as a vehicle to be of benefit to all sentient beings.  It’s good that you’re a […]

Compassion in Action - Part 11 (final)

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

To truly understand the mind of compassion is to understand suffering. To be willing to cultivate aspirational compassion and act in accordance with those aspirations, so that you fully intend to liberate your mind from the causes of suffering and fully intend […]

Compassion in Action - Part 8

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

What form will your compassion take? Making compassion your root commitment to sentient beings must take some form. How can you begin to do that? First, I recommend again that you be courageous enough to study the nature of suffering: how it […]

Cultivating Compassion: Understanding the Suffering of Others

This is an excerpt from A Vow of Love:  Living an Extraordinary Life of Compassion
by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

In a superficial way the idea of compassion can seem very simple, and we might make the mistake of thinking that we understand it. But if we study compassion deeply, eventually we will come to understand that the […]

The Treasure of Bodhicitta: What Does Enter the Bardo

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

The vow of refuge—taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha—is a vow that one must renew every lifetime, but the power of the Bodhisattva Vow is so strong that the power and potency of that vow […]

Compassion in Action: Bodhicitta in Real Life

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

Everything that you do should have meaning. It’s important that your life be understood as a vehicle for practice. It’s the only thing that is meaningful: to make this life, which is so rich in opportunity, a vehicle by which you can […]

It's About Them...

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

So where do you start?  Exactly where you are.  Remember that different people have different experiences.  If you’re not sure about that, ask other people.  No one knows what another person’s experience has actually been.  No one knows how […]

You Can Be Exactly Who You Are

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

As westerners, we want to make Bodhichitta about feeling: “Feelings, nothing more than feelings…” You know that song?  I wish they’d never written it, because somehow it’s gotten into our consciousness as Americans. We’re singing this tune and believing […]

Requesting the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas to Remain in the World

[Adapted from an oral commentary given by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in conjunction with a ceremony wherein he bestowed the bodhisattva vow upon a gathering of disciples at Namdroling in Bozeman, Montana, November 1999. —Ed.]

This is important because in cyclic existence there are many ignorant beings that fail to recognize the precious noble qualities of […]