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28th 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 been […]

Astrology for 9/24/2016

9/24/2016 Saturday by Norma

Food and family are highlighted today. Be prepared to attend a social function with a casserole or snack in hand. Plutarch said, “It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.” Dine well for happiness. Household improvements are satisfying and small […]

How to Understand Cause and Effect

How to Understand Cause and Effect

We don’t have any real way to understand direct cause and effect relationships.  And for that reason, we cannot really seem to understand how to create the causes of happiness. A good example is this: If we experience perhaps chronic poverty, we may think that the way to end this chronic poverty is to struggle […]

Astrology for 9/23/2016

9/23/2016 Friday by Norma

Everything is magnified and enlarged today: you aren’t happy, you’re super-happy; you aren’t hungry, you’re starving; you aren’t nervous, you’re terrorized! And so on. Jupiter has entered the sign of balance/imbalance and swings back and forth between thoughts like a pendulum, never stopping. Calm Down! Henry Rutherford Elliot said, “If […]

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.  […]

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 […]