Astrology

9/30/2010     Thursday

This is a serious day, and serious decisions are made at all levels.  Mature people will deal well during the day, and younger folks could be rebuked or chafe at restrictions.  Wisdom joins together with authority.  Decisions based on wisdom go well.  The question is, do you have the wisdom to know what is right? This is a good day to defer to older and wiser folks.  A wild energy is in the air at the same time, a desire to break free of restrictions.  Be careful.  Go slowly.  Agatha Christie said, “I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming….suddenly you find- at the age of 50, say – that a whole new life has opened before you.”  This is a good day to be an older person, you can bloom!

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

9/29/2010     Wednesday

Something is coming to an end.  You must face a disappointing situation.  A component of your life is out of touch with reality as it is.  You are holding on where you should be letting go. Winston Churchill said, “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”  Recognize where you are being a fanatic, and change both your mind and the subject.  Hint:  it’s the area where you swore you would never give up.  No need to entirely give up, but do change your strategy and the focus of your determination.  Aim your energy in a different, more effective direction, and you are renewed.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Are We REALLY Kind?

An excerpt from a teaching called True Motivation for Kindess by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

In the Mahayana vehicle the Buddha teaches us that we should be more concerned for the welfare of sentient beings than we should for our own welfare. If we examine ourselves carefully, however, we understand that that is not a natural way for us to behave. The survival of self has always been our primary concern, and the habit or strong habitual tendency of preserving the ego is so deeply ingrained we do not actually understand how frequently we engage in it.

Now you might disagree, thinking, “Well, I was very kind to my family yesterday, and I was kind and generous to my friends last week. I even gave some things away.” If you think like that, think again. The only way that you can remember when you were kind is by comparison to other times. This means that there has to be a hefty measure of time when you were not kind, to be able to compare the two.

If we were truly bodhisattvas here solely to benefit sentient beings, the activity of kindness would be so all-pervasive and natural we wouldn’t be able to discriminate it. One would not know that one was kind. If someone were to say to you, “You’re really kind. Your whole life is kindness,” one would say, “Really?” because one wouldn’t know. There would be nothing to compare it to.

When we look at our kindness truthfully, we often find out it is all about us, and for the most part has very little to do with anyone else. This is a hard truth to face, but it must be faced in order to discover what the Buddha is talking about when he speaks of kindness toward all sentient beings.

Self-examination often leads us to the decision to be a kind person. When your decision is about being a kind person, however, there is actually very little true caring for the welfare of sentient beings. What you are really trying to do is to find yourself, or to like yourself, or to label yourself, to discriminate between self and other and to continue the continuum of egocentricity. When a person decides to be kind, they do so because they want to be a certain way or they want to present themselves a certain way, but generally it’s all about them.

The Buddha teaches us that when we wish to embody the virtue of compassion — when we actually decide to be kind — we should do so for very logical reasons. First, we should study cyclic existence, the cycle of death and rebirth well enough to see its faults. One of the main faults of cyclic existence is that everyone who is born will die. Coupled with this is that during the entire time you’re alive until you start to age or become extremely sick you forget that simple fact, and you do not act appropriately.

We’re all going to experience death. But the way you’re thinking now and the way you act the rest of the day will demonstrate that you’re not thinking like that. You will act like a person who does not remember his or her own death. Because the other thing that you learn about your death is that when you die you can’t take anything with you, not a thing — except the condition, or karma, or habitual tendency of your mind.

Knowing you can only take the habitual tendency of your mind with you when you die, are you going to act appropriately the rest of the day? No way. For the rest of the day, the rest of the week, we will try to accumulate as much approval as possible. “I’m going to make people like me; I’m going to make people proud. I’m going to get love. I’m going to do anything I can — lie, cheat, steal — I’ll put on an act, pretend. I’ll mask my true feelings and do anything just to get a little bit of approval. Who cares if that creates a habit of grasping? Who cares if I take only for me and don’t much care what happens to anyone else? I need that approval, that love.”

The other thing we’ll do is try to accumulate material goods for no good purpose other than that we want them. We forget we can’t take them with us. We don’t act like people who know that. We act like people who believe in some kind of hokey fairy tale or story that can’t possibly come true.

In cyclic existence we also suffer from the suffering of suffering. If we had a different kind of mind, we could see birth and death and our minds would be stable and spacious.  Perhaps these events wouldn’t bother us so much.

Unfortunately everything bothers us. Everything is something we react toward, because it is the nature of our mind to react toward everything with acceptance or rejection, hope and fear. What must come from that is hatred, greed and ignorance. We either hate something, or we want it, or we ignore it. Thus, we engage in the suffering of suffering. We not only experience death, we suffer because of our reaction to death. We not only experience separation, we suffer because of our reaction to separation.

So these are the faults of cyclic existence, and what else would you do other than practice a path that leads to the cessation of suffering? You could accumulate material goods, but what good will that do? Or you could continue the habit of being hateful. What good would that do? Or you could continue to grasp. What good would that do?

The Buddha teaches us that there is an end to suffering. That end is to exit cyclic existence; and in order to leave, one must achieve liberation, or enlightenment. Upon awakening to the enlightened state, one no longer revolves in cyclic existence, because one does not have the building blocks of death and rebirth which are based on the assumption of ego, or self-nature as being inherently real, and the reaction to phenomenal experiences. That is what cyclic existence actually is–that through that means one actually creates the karma of suffering and death, the endless experience or cycle we find ourselves in.

The Buddha teaches us that to attain enlightenment, to awaken to the primordial wisdom state, one no longer accumulates karma. In fact all of that perceptual experience is pacified, in that one finally awakens to and truly views the primordial wisdom nature. So there is an end to suffering. So, if you become a spiritual person in order to be something, you’re still clinging to ego and you’ll actually never attain enlightenment by awakening to the primordial wisdom nature.

And the Buddha teaches us that this can be done through the systematic pacification of hatred, greed and ignorance, the pacification of desire, through meditation, prayer, contemplation, study, through the pursuance of enlightened activity.

© Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Astrology

9/28/2010     Tuesday

Excellent day for communication and coalition building!  A solid connection can be made with someone who will be a partner for a long time to come.  You and others have the gift of gab.  Write, email, telephone, make connections!    A hidden, behind the scenes force is growing.  Something you don’t see is developing, and this force is favorable to your cause.  It’s a good time to sell or trade things.  Pay very close attention to someone’s new idea or communication.  It could be the first shot over the bow, the first hint of a totally new situation that is coming your way.  Leonardo da Vince said, “You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.”    Learn more before you give an opinion.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

9/27/2010     Monday

Solid thinking prevails early in the day.  You decide what you need to do, make a schedule and follow it, and things go well.  You are inclined to organize and detail your goals and objectives.  A business mind prevails. Later you can become first, confused and lose  sight of something, and then inspired and inventive.  You need to rest later in the day.  Business can be conducted over a meal, in a pleasant environment.  Be down to earth in your dealings.  Winston Churchill said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”  How are you doing?

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Awake to Truth

A series of tweets from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo on September 26, 2010

The leaves are turning, rains are coming, and we are all getting old. Impermanence is the most dependable of all things. Everything changes.

The Teachings all say that life is like a swift waterfall. It looks permanent, but if you follow one cup of water down, it disappears quickly.

We are always taught one’s time on Earth should be used to benefit others, and to progress on one’s path. This assures good rebirth until Enlightenment (not intellectual), which is the precious awakening to Primordial Wisdom, the very Ground of Being without contrivance!

Lord Buddha himself never made any other claim than that – To be AWAKE to the emptiness of all phenomena, and of self-nature, and the display of cause and result interdependently arising. That is, as cause arises, so does result, though they may be separated by the dance of time!

This is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings. And it was said ALL taught by HIM heard the teachings in their own language. Thus the BIG debate- did the Buddha know everything all at once? Speak all languages? Asked ANY spiritual question, He was able to reply correctly and completely. He knew the path of all who came to him. A true display of his omniscience!

I feel Buddha knew what he knew when He needed to know it. I’m in that camp. Because he was in a body but no longer ordinary His vision and wisdom would arise naturally according to the karma of those around, and the situation at hand.

© Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Astrology

9/26/2010     Sunday

Excellent discussion day.  Both sides present their case, and an outstanding compromise is possible.  Shop today.  You have good taste and will buy things you enjoy for a long time to come.  You have the ability to sift through a problem and get to the root cause of the issue.  Organizational abilities are highlighted.  If you are the one in charge of assigning tasks to others, be sure you are aware of what you are asking people to do.  Erich Maria Remarque said, “Every playwright should try acting, just as every judge should spend some weeks in jail to find out what he is handing out to others.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

The Medicine of Selflessness

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Vow of Love series

What is renunciation? Do you have to give up your car? No, I have a car, and I have no plan to give it up. Do you have to give up a nice place to live? No, you don’t have to give up a nice place to live. What then do you have to give up? You have to give up self-absorption. You have to give up selfishness. You have to give up a life filled with non-virtue. That is true renunciation, regardless of the outer form or appearance. You may choose to adopt the outer form of renunciation, which is a time-honored, pure and useful way to utilize these teachings. But you can also adopt it in an inner way. If you have the ability to practice renunciation in an inner and profound way, it is also useful. It also works.

What you renounce is self-absorption, and you begin to live an extraordinary life, one that is involved in Bodhicitta, or compassion. That is the way to understand Bodhicitta in the simplest view, to understand it as compassion. You must live an extraordinary life, and in living an extraordinary life you are actually taking the cure, you are taking the medicine. Not only is it a nice thing to do, not only will you be known worldwide as a nice guy, but you will also be taking the medicine of selflessness. If the sickness is the belief in self-nature and the desire and grasping that come from all the phenomena surrounding the idea of self, then the cure is a selfless life. The cure is compassion, and you are taking the cure.

© Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Astrology

9/25/2010     Saturday

Avoid important people if possible today, and try not to ask a significant favor.  “No” is in the air.  At the same time, emotional situations thrive, and groups are inspired and spontaneous.  Be inventive today; think of ways to help people in trouble, and remember the less fortunate. Back off somewhat from your immediate goals and watch the news or read the paper. You may have become so involved with your own issues that you forgot to notice what is going on around you in the world.  Stay alert enough to notice someone else who needs help, and give it.  Edward Bulwer-Lytton said ” When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

9/24/2010     Friday

Spend today zipping around attending to business or errands.  It’s important to keep busy.  Strong effort, which you are well able to engage in, is most helpful in terms of advancing your agenda today.  If your job is sedentary, spend free time exercising.  Behind the scenes deals can be made that enable you to negotiate a rebuff that is coming in the next day or two.  Beware of tying your ego to a potential partnership, it won’t pan out the way you thought it would.  But stay happy and loving.  Victor Hugo said, “I met a very poor man who was in love.  His hat was old, his coat was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, and the stars through his soul.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!