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Giving Rise to Bodhicitta

Giving Rise to Bodhicitta

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

When you think about the suffering of sentient beings, when you think about those that are in the hell realms suffering horribly, is there a part of you that wishes you could do something to liberate them […]

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Astrology for 11/27/2014

11/27/2014 Thursday by Norma

Friends and groups bring happiness! A group can accomplish something more easily than an individual, so call on friends in your efforts. A Hawaiian singer spoke of encountering a motorist whose car ran off the road late at night. The singer and his friends lifted the car out of ditch, doing […]

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The Hungry Ghost Realm

The Hungry Ghost Realm

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Why P’howa?”

The next of the lower realms is the realm of the hungry ghosts. The hungry ghosts actually have a traditional appearance and they are described in this way, but again you must understand that this is us looking with […]

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Astrology for 11/26/2014

11/26/2014 Wednesday by Norma

Magnetic attraction is everywhere today. You are zipping around, leading your life, and people and things flash sparks at you. This phenomenon is striking, compelling and inspiring. And right! A hunch sends you in a successful direction. Travel is favored, and activity is great. Saul Bellow said, “Unexpected intrusions of beauty. […]

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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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