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Astrology for 12/19/2014

12/19/2014 Friday by Norma

A serious conversation or meeting with a worried person comes early today. News of a loss is possible, after which the mood changes and people become giddy with good will. Definitely go outside and enjoy the environment; happiness is available in the world as opposed to in seclusion. A fortunate meeting […]

The Choice

The Choice

 

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo offered during a Phowa retreat:

What makes this practice of Phowa different from all of that slip sliding and unpredictability, and unclear cause and effect connections, and lack of understanding as to where things come from and why things are a certain […]

Astrology for 12/18/2014

12/18/2014 Thursday by Norma

The group wants to meet and you want privacy, making things tricky. Or else you want company and others refuse. A fundamental conflict occurs that is best resolved by direct communication: say where and when you are available and hold your ground. Financial and business matters are pressing, and they require […]

Generation Stage Practice and the Bardo

Generation Stage Practice and the Bardo

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo offered during a Phowa retreat:

There is one way that you can help yourself to prepare for the bardo state. As I begin to explain the bardo of becoming now, which is the next stage in the bardo, and a very important […]

Protecting And Maintaining Bodhicitta: from “The Way of the Bodhisattva”

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva as translated by the Padmakara Translation Group and published by Shambhala:

Protecting And Maintaining Bodhichitta:

That the original resolve of bodhichitta needs consolidation becomes evident from the very first stanzas of chapter 4, where Shāntideva takes stock of what he has […]

Patience: from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva:

27. That which is referred to as the Primordial Substance, That which has been labeled as the Self Do not come into being thinking “That is how I will arise.”

28. That which is not manifest is not yet there, So what […]

Vigilance: From “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva as translated by the Padmakara Translation Group and published by Shambhala:

Vigilance

1. Those who wish to keep a rule of life Must guard their minds in perfect self-possession. Without this guard upon the mind, No discipline can ever be maintained.

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The Benefits of the Awakening Mind

Here is another excerpt from the first chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life called “The Benefits of the Awakening Mind.” May these words written by Shantideva inspire all who encounter them.

#26

How can I fathom the depths

Of the goodness of this jewel of the mind,

The panacea that […]

The Excellence of Bodhichitta

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva:

15. Bodhichitta, the awakening mind, In brief is said to have two aspects: First, aspiring, bodhichitta in intention: Then active bodhichitta, practical engagement.

16. Wishing to depart and setting out upon the road, This is how the difference is conceived. The […]

Commitment: From “The Way of The Bodhisattva” by Shantideva

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva as translated by the Padmakara Translation Group and published by Shambhala:

Commitment

1. With joy I celebrate The virtue that relieves all beings From the sorrows of the states of loss, And places those who languish in the realms of bliss.

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The Benefits of the Awakening Mind

Here is another excerpt from the first chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life called “The Benefits of the Awakening Mind.” May these words written by Shantideva inspire all who encounter them.

#26

How can I fathom the depths

Of the goodness of this jewel of the mind,

The panacea […]

Wisdom: From “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva:

1. All these branches of the Doctrine The Powerful Lord expounded for the sake of wisdom. Therefore they must generate this wisdom Who wish to have an end to suffering.

2. Relative and absolute, These two truths are declared to be. […]

Excerpts from A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

Chenrezig

A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva Chapter One: Benefits of the Awakening Mind

#5

Just as a flash of lightning on a dark cloudy night

For an instant brightly illuminates all,

Likewise in this world, through the might of Buddha,

A wholesome thought rarely and briefly appears.

#25

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Refuge and Bodhicitta

From the ” Path of the Bodhisattva A Collection of Thirty-Seven Practices”

Until the heart of enlightenment is realized, I take refuge in all the Buddhas.

Likewise, I take refuge in the dharma and the bodhisattvas and their assemblies.

Just as the sugatas of the past aroused the awakened mind of bodhicitta

and trained […]

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