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Paying Homage

Paying Homage

An excerpt from a teaching called The Seven Limb Puja: Viewing the Guru by Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo on October 18, 1995

Since we find that we are, in fact, in the presence of the primordial Guru at every single moment, what is the posture that we should take? You should refer to the […]

Astrology for 9/2/2015

9/2/2015 Wednesday by Norma

Look outside yourself and confusing messages appear. Keep your eye on your own project and you’ll move along successfully. A stabilizing influence appears and restores order, allowing financial matters to go well. Henry David Thoreau said, “The greatest compliment ever paid me was when someone asked what I thought and attended […]

The Two Eyes of Your Practice

The Two Eyes of Your Practice

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

Guru Rinpoche himself said, “I will appear as your Root Guru,” and that appearance is to be recognized. It demands to be recognized. One of the reasons why I harp so much on reciting the Seven line Prayer is because the […]

Astrology for 9/1/2015

9/1/2015 Tuesday by Norma

A forward push both succeeds and fails, depending on your perspective. Ceremonies, events and everything to do with fun- these go well. Attempts to decipher and unblock obstacles may or may not succeed. Sammy Farha said, “Just play every hand- you can’t miss them all.” This is a great day to […]

Spiritual Refreshment

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called Coming Alive

Back in the 1970s a number of famous healers were brought together to participate in a test. It was done in a very scientific way, and the rules were very strict. These famous people were known for their capacity to “lay on […]

Innocent Intention

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called Coming Alive

I would like to talk about innocence in one’s practice–not in a traditional way but from direct experience. This is not a new theme. Other religions have spoken of it each in their own way. For example, in Christianity there are statements […]

The Bliss You Want

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called Longing for the Guru

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

The Original Longing

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called Longing for the Guru

There are three different levels on which you can recognize your Teacher. One is an extremely poor level — a common and ordinary level. One is an intermediate level in which you see that the teacher holds the teachings purely […]

With Loving Concern

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called Turning Adversity Into Felicity

The result of poverty and not having enough is due, according to the Buddha’s teachings, to not having been particularly generous or forthcoming in our support or caring for others in the past, perhaps even before this lifetime. So we […]

A Mind of Compassion

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

If you’ve never practiced the Buddhadharma before, or if you’re interested in practicing, or if you have practiced some general meditation and you feel it’s time to move on to a path that is more stable or well known, […]

Seeing As The Buddha Sees

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

You do not see as the Buddha sees, with a mind that is natural, uncontrived, and relaxed. You do not know the natural state—your own Nature that is beneath the conceptualizations you force upon it. In essence you are […]

The Path: Are We There Yet?

An excerpt from a teaching called The Seed of Your Buddha Nature Within by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

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 […]

Changing Habits

An excerpt from a teaching called How Buddhism Differs from Other Religions by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Many people have gone to teachers and said, “What was I in my past life? What kind of being am I?” thinking that they are different somehow and that this is important. It’s really not the […]

Turning the Mind

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

In the preliminary stages of this path, we must engage in a practice called “turning the mind.” What does that mean? Our minds are fixated on gratification and self-satisfaction, on the idea that “if I dance fast enough, I’m going to […]

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