An excerpt from a teaching called How Buddhists Think by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
In their Nature, all sentient beings are essentially the Buddha––all humans, all animals, even all the microscopic little beings running around on the tips or our noses. We should regard that Nature as the basis or seed of the Path. The [...]
Ven Gyaltrul Rinpoche
From The Spiritual Path: A Compilation of Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
In Vajrayana Buddhism, the Teacher is the cornerstone of all practice. The Teacher is everything—the underlying strength and the means by which transmission and understanding occur.
Let us compare the Teacher’s function with the function of various [...]
Here is another excerpt from the first chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life called “The Benefits of the Awakening Mind.” May these words written by Shantideva inspire all who encounter them.
How can I fathom the depths
Of the goodness of this jewel of the mind,
The panacea that [...]
The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Foundation of Bodhicitta”
The Buddha simply displayed enlightened activity and he gave teachings on enlightened activity. It has not been the custom of those who have truly obtained realization or those who have obtained a high level of realization (perhaps [...]
An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called Turning Adversity Into Felicity
When we practice Guru Yoga, we actually begin to develop the view that the lama is the source of liberation. We begin to understand using traditional, prescribed images. For instance, we are taught that we should think of samsara as [...]
An excerpt from a teaching called Awakening from Non-Recognition by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
There are so many amazing ways that you can practice. I’ve seen it again and again in the greatest practitioners, but only in the greatest, so we aspire to this. I think about stories I’ve heard about the Tibetan Bodhisattvas. For [...]
In our divided
In our ego-centered
we are bound.
The nature that is peace.
in the nature that
is form and formless
for we have seen
Between the crystal and the nectar
that fills it
with its emptiness
An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called Compassion is the Only Lasting Antidote to Suffering
We were raised to believe that reality can be manipulated. Our libraries are filled with books of great American success stories. These tend to be about material successes. But the spiritual aspirant must ask: Will this [...]
An excerpt from the Vow of Love Series 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 ultimate view of compassion [...]
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 [...]