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The Nature of the Path

The Nature of the Path

The following is an excerpt form a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Commitment to the Path”

I like to see students start off kind of smallish and grow bigger in their practice, because I think that is more realistic.  The best way to start out our practice is to understand what Dharma is trying to […]

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Astrology for 9/27/2016

9/27/2016 Tuesday by Norma

Mars moves into Capricorn today stabilizing political and philosophical posturing and getting down to the real work at hand. Plan your strategy carefully and take each step in turn for the success that is the result of realistic planning. Don’t know where you’re going? Figure it out and you’ll […]

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Guru Rinpoche

Viewing the Guru

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo on October 18, 1995

This teaching is meant to help us correct our view and deepening in Guru Yoga.  We will be thinking about how to deepen in our practice and how to practice with a deeper and more profound sense of view.  Remember that the […]

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Astrology for 9/26/2016

9/26/2016 Monday by Norma

Accept every invitation that comes your way, your presence honors others. Someone who has been struggling needs your support and your presence transforms the situation. Remember you must be present to help, so show up! Good humor is all-pervasive and diplomacy is crucial today. The Bible says, “A soft […]

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The Path to a Joyful Mind

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Take Control of Your Life”

On the Vajrayana Path, the teacher will say, “I will beat you to death if you don’t straighten up.  I will just take a stick to you.”  You know, His Holiness [Penor Rinpoche] is famous for doing that.  He once had a Tulku who was dying and this Tulku was someone that His Holiness had a lot of hopes in.  Obviously there was some obstacle to his life.  What was it? We don’t know.  But His Holiness realized the Tulku was dying. So he went in to see the Tulku, and the Tulku must have said something that brought up His Holiness’ awareness of this obstacle.  His Holiness took off his mala and starting beating him with his mala, just beating him and beating him.  And the next day, the Tulku was completely well.

Sometimes the lamas are wrathful in order to remove obstacles.  Sometimes the lamas are so wrathful that they are more wrathful than any parent we’ve ever had and we see that. Or we love the lama so much that the wrathfulness of the lama seems like a big stick and we can hardly bear it. Or the disappointment of our lama seems like a big stick and we can hardly bear that. Then sometimes the lama says, “You are such a special being.  You are so intrinsically special, even your karma is special.  You are special to me.  I love you so much.  Come here.  Come on.”  And the lama says, “I love you.”  And the lama says, “I know you.”  And the lama says, “I see your heart. Feel that?”  And the lama says, “I have great gifts to give you. Dharma is beautiful.  It’s a joy to practice.  It’s everything the Buddha has offered.  I’ll set this immense banquet in front of you and you can eat the food of Dharma.  How beautiful.”

Of course the lama neglects to mention that Dharma is difficult, that the path is hard, that the things that we have to face about ourselves are horrible and ugly and the things that we have to change about ourselves are very hard work.  It’s very hard to change that ego-cherishing into pure generosity and bodhichitta.  It’s so hard. The lama may invite you to have some tea.  But if you have real potential, the lama’s going to smack you upside the head and say, “Straighten out, buddy.  That’s not the way to practice Dharma.”  And that’s the part that we should be grateful for.  Not only should we not get mad because that would be a big mistake; but instead we should say, this is the very nectar of the Buddha’s teachings.  The Buddha has instructed us how to ‘wake-up’ and now we must do the work of waking up.  When we practice Dharma, Dharma is something that we practice 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  There’s no Sunday in Dharma.  We’re just practicing the habits of our culture [having teachings on Sunday] and we know that you work. Otherwise, there’s no Sunday in Dharma.  Dharma is every day.  We shouldn’t come here to see an altar; there should be an altar in our homes.  To come here and practice is wonderful.  We welcome you with open hearts and open arms; but this should not be the only place you practice.  You should maintain your practice every day.

This is the way to be happy.  Because if you create the habit of practicing and doing some Dharma, making prayers and offerings, practicing say, Ngöndro every day, or even just reciting Seven Line Prayer every day, the mind begins to change.  It’s less inflamed, less needy, less concerned with what you want, less concerned with bad habits.  The mind begins to change in such a way that it’s less inflamed, more relaxed.  And a more relaxed and spacious mind is the prescription for a more joyful mind.

 Copyright © Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo All rights reserved
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5 comments to The Path to a Joyful Mind

  • Karma Tsering

    Guru, please continue pouring the Dharma into my heart and my mind. OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA!

  • Karma Tsering

    OM MANI PEDME HUNG

  • Ani Hesper

    Thank you, Jetsunma. I need a major smack.

  • Michael C.

    “…Not only should we not get mad because that would be a big mistake…” –

    Karmic Weight from H.H. the Dalai Lama’s “Way to Freedom”

    “We should always be aware of the relative gravity of karmic actions. When the deed is motivated by very strong delusion, the deed is said to be very grave. The way in which the deed is actually performed also determines the karmic weight.

    >>>A single moment of anger directed toward a Boddhisattva would destroy all the virtuous collections that you may have accumulated over the last thousand EONS!<<<

    The result of an action can ripen within this lifetime or within the next lifetime or after many lives.”

    HH Dalai Lama THE WAY TO FREEDOM"

    Source: http://www.tibetanbuddhistaltar.org/karmic-weight-from-h-h-the-dalai-lamas-way-to-freedom/

    Yikes!

  • Michael C.

    So as not to follow our (my) ingrained habitual tendencies, please tame us (me) in whatever skillful means necessary by actually arising in the Rupakaya! simply seeing You in person during a group teaching is enough to rekindle the flame! i hope that You are well enough to give a short teaching or make an appearance today! =). if not then it is my fault, i must create the causes.

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