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Astrology for 2/12/2016

2/12/2016 Friday by Norma

Activity in the service of a larger goal is excellent, provided you don’t cross authority figures. You’ll know it’s happened when somebody corrects you. Do not defend yourself, rather ask what you can do better or differently. It’s a day to tiptoe through things, to be disciplined but stay […]

I am Awake

I am Awake

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

When the Buddha was asked what kind of being he was, he described himself neither as a god nor as someone who has attained godhood, but simply as “awake.”  He was awake to the primordial Wisdom Nature, which is free from the delusion […]

Astrology for 2/11/2016

2/11/2016 Thursday by Norma

Energy! You’ve got it, and so does everyone else. Fly out of bed and take action on what’s in front of you. The Aries moon rewards those who “do something” about life, rather than thinking about life, and the more energetic you are the better you feel. Who are […]

The Beginning of Awakening

The Beginning of Awakening

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 to sleep, we […]

The Seed of the Buddha Nature Within

A Teaching by Jetsunma Ahkön 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 actually Buddha Nature itself. We tend to consider that the path is like a thing […]

Who’s the Captain of Your Ship?

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Essence of Devotion”

The reasons for practice of refuge are known if you understand anything about the horror of cyclic existence.  You look outside and see the suffering.  You look at the way you are conducting yourself and the way your life is […]

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 actually Buddha […]

The Method of the Path

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Desire Blocks Happiness”

So we have a problem here.  We really have to get off the merry-go-round, and we have to look at things square in the eye. And there’s no getting away from it: One of the problems of cyclic existence is […]

What You Must See

Green Tara

From The Spiritual Path:  a Collection of Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

How do you cultivate compassion? The first step is to open your eyes and look at the nature of suffering. In our culture, we keep ourselves removed from this. The deformed, severely handicapped, or terminally ill are often hidden from view.

There are […]

Think Before You Leap

An excerpt from a teaching called Intimacy with the Path by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

For those of us practicing the Buddha Dharma, there is the tendency to act and practice like new practitioners.  When I say new practitioners, I don’t mean practitioners that have been practicing for only a week or six months or two years.  […]

What’s the Point?

Actually these teachings on the Four Noble Truths are the lessons that we are trying to implement here in this temple.  One of the goals that I have personally invested a great deal in is to try to create in this temple an opportunity for sentient beings to invest their effort, their kindness, their resources […]

Your Life Demonstrates the Result

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

You can only know the result of the path when you have actually accomplished the path. Your life demonstrates result. The mirror.

It is easy to be deluded by the circus in one’s head. Awakening is inexplicable, too many words aren’t needed.

A foundation must be […]

What is Buddhahood?

The following is a full length video teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo offered at Kunzang Palyul Choling:

 

In the path of Dharma, we are guided to the ultimate state of Budhahood. Along the way, we pacify poisons, develop compassion, and gradually ascend the bhumis as Bodhisattvas, cultimating in supreme Buddhahood. Jetsunma explores what that looks like […]

Each Moment Like a Kiss

An excerpt from a teaching called Intimacy with the Path by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

If you are living a sacred life, which is a life truly connected with meaning, nature, cause, and result, then each moment becomes like a kiss.  Every moment is something that you have a sacred relationship with because you move into the […]