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Devotion in the Bardo

Devotion in the Bardo

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

Now we’ll speak about the bardo of becoming. I forgot to mention to you that I’ve had many opportunities to practice Phowa on other people, and I’ve noticed that in every case, even if the person had […]

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Astrology for 12/21/2014

12/21/2014 Sunday by Norma

Bipartisan thinking characterizes today. You and others agree on what to do, and you do it! A zippy, cheery spirit permeates the environment. Spend time with people you love whose energy lifts you up. Someone is very happy for your company, be nice! A group endeavor is heading in a successful […]

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The Faint

The Faint

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

Now I want to refer back to this book [Death and the Art of Dying by Bokar Rinpoche] to give you a couple of statements that I think may be helpful. When we last were together we […]

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Astrology for 12/20/2014

12/20/2014 Saturday by Norma

A strong emotional pull conflicts with a desire for freedom: you want to stay with a loved one and you want to run away! Fortunately, two open doors appear today. The first leads to philosophical thinking and travel, the second goes in the direction of groups. Join your friends, be steadfast […]

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The Eight Great Chariots

Marpa

The following is respectfully quoted from “Treasury of Knowledge” by Jamgön Kongtrul:

As was said by the great learned adept Prajńāraśmi:

Prophesied by the Victor, the lord of beings in the snowy land,
[Who taught] exclusively the single doctrine of the full intention
For his Royal Highness the ruler,
Is the second Teacher in these snowy ranges.
The great editor-translator Bagor Vairocana,
The heir of the victors, Upāsaka Dromtön,
The great scholar-adept Khyungpo Naljor,
The great bilingual Lama Drokmi,
The mighty yogin, honorable lord Marpa,
The Indian Dampa who dwells on levels of attainment,
The translator Gyijo, and the scholar-adept Orgyenpa
Are the eight great pillars that upheld the practice lineages in the North.
Coming perfectly from the glorious Buddha Vajradhara,
Eight great pillars of practice lineages in the snowy region
Are the legacy of former adepts.
Those who desire freedom should follow their paths.

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