From The Spiritual Path: A Compilation of Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
Many people don’t like to be challenged. We want our religion to fit nicely into our lives. No untrimmed edges, everything nice. Don’t rock the boat. We want our practice to be conventional—and convenient. But do not expect “nice” in your relationship with your […]
The following is from a series of tweets by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:
Often when people begin practicing Buddhism it feels fresh and wonderful. But our expectations may be unreasonable. Often I hear that folks can’t “feel” devotion or compassion. Neither of these are a “feeling.” They are both method. Same with Emptiness. If we could “feel” it, it […]
The banquet is ready
The feast is set
And never will I forget
The taste, the sweetness.
The Bodhichitta, sublime display
Of all the Buddhas. Sweetness
Without measure. Peerless pleasure
The dazzling play of light
Oh! For the day still coming
When virtue prevails
The ship to Liberation sails
For you. Come aboard!
Know the Lotus Lord.
In this day, in this time,
Taste the bliss- […]
From a series of tweets by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:
Ngundro, or preliminary practice consists of several parts:
Refuge, or entering the gate of protection of the “three precious ones” – the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Bodhicitta, the practice of the six perfections and the generation of the aspiration to realize Enlightenment.
The offering of the Mandala, the accumulation of […]
An excerpt from a teaching called How Buddhism Differs from Other Religions by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
When we begin to practice the Buddha dharma and really engage in practice, we begin by practicing generation stage teaching. And what that means is you learn to generate yourself as the deity. You learn to dissolve your […]
An excerpt from a teaching called The Seven Limb Puja: Viewing the Guru by Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo on October 18, 1995
In the face of the Guru, which is always, we should always be making offerings. Do you make offerings when you come to temple? Nice, but not enough. Do you make offerings when you […]
An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo on October 18, 1995
When we meditate on Buddhahood or contemplate on what it would be like to achieve realization, what do we think we are after? What do we think the result will be? Eventually, through the force of our practice, we are hoping, (and […]
An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999
Another aspect of constant mindfulness – it’s sort of like hand-in-glove with offering – is gratitude. When you think about the appearance of all phenomena, like beautiful flowers, beautiful trees, all of our beautiful stuff, suppose you were able to develop the habit […]
An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called Turning Adversity Into Felicity
We try very hard as practitioners to practice Guru Yoga clearly and purely, the practice of fervent regard toward the Guru, utilizing the Guru as a tool of benefit in one’s life. One thing that we should be perfectly clear about when […]