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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 […]

The Play of Emptiness

The Play of Emptiness

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Dakini Workshop

When we taste the nature of the dakini through our practice, through whatever realization we achieve, when we taste that nature, when we taste the purity of that event through being exposed to, in a natural way, our own poison, our own fixation, […]

Astrology for 5/3/2016

5/3/2016 Tuesday by Norma

A dream is important, try to remember it. Pay attention to what’s in your mind as you wake up, it’s helpful for the day. Move slowly until the afternoon when a surge of energy jet propels you into action. This is the best day imaginable for a […]

The Importance of Deepening: Expanding Our Efforts on the Path

The following teaching is from a series of tweets by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:

Many practitioners on the path of Buddhadharma do not realize that one must continually make progress. You don’t land, then sit.

Having realized we must make progress in Buddhism, Vajrayana requires empowerment, lung, and commentary. These are the blessings needed.

When students grow dull in […]

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 […]

A True Path

An excerpt from a teaching called How Buddhists Think by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

In America, as in few other countries, you can find a multitude of ways to be “a spiritual person.”  When Tibetan Lamas first came to this country, they were appalled.  They were saddened to see there are so many ways to think that […]

Blinded to Our Own Nature

An excerpt from a teaching called How Buddhists Think by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

 

Until we attain Enlightment, we are blinded to our own Nature, fixated on the belief in self-nature as inherently real.  We walk through an experiential field that is based on this false supposition, and all desire and compulsion arise from it.  We experience […]

The Beginning of Awakening

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

One of the practices that we are taught as Buddhists is that always, always, Guru Rinpoche should be above the crown of our heads.  We should be mindful that Guru Rinpoche is always there, seated on his lotus throne.  Upon going to sleep, we […]

Take a Compassion Retreat

What Makes Buddhism Different?

An excerpt from a teaching called “The Importance of Shakyamuni”

Without the teachings of Lord Buddha, there would be no perfect path by which to achieve supreme enlightenment.  There have been and still are paths on this planet by which one can move forward spiritually.  There are many ways in which one can accumulate merit.  […]

Break Free

An excerpt from a teaching called Bodhicitta by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

One thing I like about all of you is your great compassion.  You really want to help people.  I’ve always loved that about you.  There are some of you that are less interested than others, but everyone here really wants to help all sentient beings. […]

Prisoner of Mind

An excerpt from a teaching called Bodhicitta by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Some of you here are not young anymore. I’m not young anymore and some of you are older than me.  I don’t know where you are going to be, because you have not renounced samsaric existence.  I cannot guarantee that in your next incarnation you […]

The Heart of Dharma

An excerpt from a teaching called Dharma of Technology by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

I really hope from the depth of my heart that all of you really fully intend to accomplish Dharma. What comes to your mind when you think, “accomplish Dharma?”  One of the dangers, I think, when you see monks practice in the traditional […]