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The Four Noble Truths - An Introduction

The Four Noble Truths – An Introduction

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

One of the things that I have learned since I met with my teacher is to follow the fundamental thoughts as taught by the Buddha very carefully, starting with the thought that all sentient beings are suffering, and [...]

Astrology for 9/21/2014

9/21/2014 Sunday by Norma

Your wish to “get on with it,” to make something happen, feels blocked. Work is interrupted by unexpected incidents and frustration ensues. The problem is the number of small tasks involved. Step back, get the big picture, and you’ll know what you need to do. Instead of clipping every blade of [...]

Astrology for 9/20/2014

9/20/2014 Saturday by Norma

An early rebuff comes, and once it’s over things go really well. The problem is that you were too confident and irritated the wrong person. Being a showoff is unsuccessful, but careful work is goes very well today. Absolutely keep your nose to the grindstone because you can wrap up a [...]

Caring for the Precious Sangha

Caring for the Precious Sangha

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

As a student, one of your responsibilities is to uphold and protect the Sangha, one of the Three Precious Jewels. The way that works is this. The Sangha is one body. If one part of the human body [...]

Practicing Kindness and the Dharma Warrior – YouTube Video

24th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

The lowing of the conch shell sounded from various points on the temple grounds like a soft foghorn. It overlaid the patter of hammers as stupa construction continued. Sometimes the sound wavered and spluttered out, and Jetsunma would laugh, lowering the conch. She was practicing for the enthronement ceremony the following day and had [...]

Tsawai Lama

The colors of Autumn in full measure Bring to mind the ultimate pleasure A great Mandala, an offering treasure I offer to the Guru, gone beyond.

If my eyes know beauty, it is His. If the scent is sweet it is His. If the sound is lovely, it is His. If the [...]

Young Throne Holder

Prince of power this is the hour This is the time when you must shine I see it on your face, in your mind You awaken right on time To honor our Guru, our Lord Sublime.

You alone are well prepared This time would come, you were aware He gave you his [...]

This Journey

The Journey

From the birth of yearning To the moment of recognition The path, this journey, is method.

One’s true nature the precious seed- Buddha ground. One’s journey, this path- the method. The awakening- this fruit- the treasure. How astonishing!

The ground, the path, the fruit are Buddha. Praise to the Nirmanakaya Buddhas who [...]

The Feast

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 And essence.

Oh! For the day still coming When virtue prevails The ship to Liberation sails For [...]

Dreams

How I wish there was something to say

To nuture the dreams we have today

To seek the path and find a way

To hold you close, to sway,

To music only we can hear- Sacrament of joy spoken to my ear- I love you;

I love you;

ah, my Dear What secret whisper [...]

Liars and Beartraps

From a series of tweets by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:

I was given a book as a gift, looks interesting. It is by Diana Mukpo, widow of HE Trungpa Rinpoche. Called “Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa.”

I have been curious about their relationship since Bill Cassidy trashed it so badly. Having experience with [...]

Path of the Bodhisattva

Being grateful for the many gifts I have been endowed with in this very lifetime, I now wish to offer a prayer usually associated with vows:

Today I have picked the fruit of this lifetime. The meaning of this human existence is now realized. Today I am born into the family of buddhas and [...]

Twitter’s Full Potential

Dear Twitterville, I woke up pretty sick today. Woke up feeling I’d been beaten with a pipe. Then I saw on twitter last night I had! Hate.

I woke up thrashing, crying, calling to the Buddhas and Protectors to help. Then I woke up and prayed. I’m exhausted and feeling awful. [...]

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