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Astrology for 11/25/2015

11/25/2015 Wednesday by Norma

An early purchase or business transaction takes you in the right direction. The moment is lost as soon as talk predominates; the more words, the more trouble. Pack up and do something else. An attempt to inject facts into a philosophical discussion goes nowhere and it’s important to sidestep the negative, […]

Aspirational Bodhicitta

Aspirational Bodhicitta

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

One very important step on entering the path is to make aspirational prayers. It is the beginning of right focus and view. This habit is the very underpinning of one’s spiritual journey. Aspirational prayers are also a way to train the mind, […]

Astrology for 11/24/2015

11/24/2015 Tuesday by Norma

Serious information is disseminated that galvanizes a force dedicated to forestalling trouble. News from afar must be absorbed and taken seriously. A dream is being unmasked as fantasy and the sooner you let go, the sooner you’ll know what to do. A rush of escapist activity is possible. If you suddenly […]

Gratitude and Guru Yoga

Gratitude and Guru Yoga

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 Basis for Practice is the Bodhicitta: Dilgo Khyentse

The following is respectfully quoted from “Enlightened Courage” by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche:

As a preliminary to this teaching, we must consider three things: the preciousness of being born a human being, the fact of impermanence and the problem of samsaric existence.

Human Birth

We are at the moment in possession of a precious human […]

Actions and Their Consequences: From “Naked Awareness” by Karma Chagme

The following is respectfully quoted from “Naked Awareness” by Karma Chagme with commentary by Gyaltrul Rinpoche:

Homage to Avalokitesvara!

A rough explanation of actions and their consequences has been presented in the preliminaries to the instructions on the profound practical teachings of Avalokitesvara, but it is difficult to gain from that more than a […]

Confession: His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

The following is adapted from an oral commentary given by His Holiness in conjunction with a ceremony wherein he bestowed the bodhisattva vow upon a gathering of disciples at Namdroling in Bozeman, Montana, November 1999:

The next branch involves [making] confession. From beginningless time, throughout countless life-times, we amassed negative karma and non virtue […]

The Ten Negative Actions: From “Treasury of Precious Qualities”

The following is respectfully quoted from “Treasury of Precious Qualities” by Jigme Lingpa:

There are ten ways of behaving, related to body, speech and mind, that are to be abandoned.

To begin with, there are three physical acts: killing, taking what is not given, and sexual misconduct. These are followed by four negative actions […]

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