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Astrology for 9/1/2014

9/1/2014 Monday by Norma

A leader continues to perform semi-miracles; stand back and watch the fun. Or else step up and perform a few yourself. Success comes as a direct result of careful planning, research and attention to detail. It’s not possible to bluff your way through, so don’t try- the unprepared are sent to [...]

Perception and Consciousness

Perception and Consciousness

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Perception”

Think of the experiences that constitute our lives and then single them out. For instance, we certainly have the experience of form, and we have the experience of that which is formless. We have the experience of touch. We have [...]

Astrology for 8/31/2014

8/31/2014 Sunday by Norma

Difficult news brings a choice, a fork in the road. Your response provides a snapshot of how you will negotiate the times to come. Respond with anger and depression, and the road will be difficult. Respond with determination and commitment, and things will go easier. Will you be a warrior or [...]

What Causes Happiness?

What Causes Happiness?

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Faults of Cyclic Existence”

In order to understand what to do, we have to understand the definition of the cessation of suffering. The cessation of suffering doesn’t happen when everything external gets all right. Can you learn this? Can we all [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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