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We Were Born to Do This

We Were Born to Do This

The following is a message recorded on June 1, 2013 as a message from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo to her students (audio file below):

This really has been the hardest time of our lives as a sangha, because we don’t know what the future is going to be. We don’t know whether we will stay […]

Astrology for 3/1/2015

3/1/2015 Sunday by Norma

Stay in bed or in your robe as long as possible today. The void-of-course moon signifies nothing much going on early in the day. You can try to do something, but it won’t happen. Take advantage of the break. Check out recipes; call your mom; spend time with kids; eat long, […]

Kaliyuga - Pay Attention

Kaliyuga – Pay Attention

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Love Now, Dzogchen Later”

Remember I used to give this old teaching years ago about how being enlightened doesn’t mean you are suddenly too stupid to catch a cab?. Remember I used to? You know that suddenly you don’t become blissed […]

Astrology for 2/28/2015

2/28/2015 Saturday by Norma

An emotional shock is deflected by a powerful person. Something upsetting happens and someone steps in and rectifies the situation. Thank your benefactor and move on; don’t spend time replaying the situation mentally. A friend is here for you, and a group is supportive. A communication receives an enthusiastic reception. Great, […]

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.

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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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