Astrology

10/31/2010     Sunday

You have just passed through an unnerving time, and one more bit of confusion could happen today.  One side feels strongly about being the boss, the leader, and being respected and followed.  The other side is trying to slip away, to avoid having to do what the boss wants.  Both should adjust their expectations.  Make sure that each side gets a say, and everyone will be happy.  Be practical in your goals.  Winston Churchill said, “It’s no use saying ‘We are doing our best’.  You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”  So, today, do what is necessary.

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!

Peace for the Holidays?

The wind has picked up and sky is overcast. Getting chilly, can feel the winter around the corner. Not long before the Holidays AGAIN – happens faster each year. Sigh…

I’ve always thought winter holidays are a study in impermanence. We anticipate, are excited, get busy, buy everything, decorate, cook, buy more, wrap, list, lust, eat and drink too much, put those bikes together,- did I say BUY?? Kids go crazy, families go insane and it all happens with the speed of light!

Then it is over. Kids have developed ADD, parents have PTSD, we are fat and broke, too many trees cut for the boxes and wrappping paper and it is OVER!

Then it’s time to clean up, put it all back, work out and eat celery and lettuce. And nobody knows why, except as ex-president Bush reminded us, our patriotic DUTY is to overspend for the sake of the economy.

Maybe we should re-examine and meditate and pray instead. It is good for you! And will last you a heck of a lot longer! Plus you are peaceful, and no PTSD!  Wouldn’t it be good not to get post-holiday blues?

The world needs more care and prayer than trees cut down; just something to think about, isn’t it?

Auspicious Signs on Lha Bab Duchen

On this holiest of days, Lha Bab Duchen, through the great kindness of my Teacher, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, I had the good fortune to be able to sit in her prayer room for a short time of practice. At the end of the practice, I looked up to enjoy the great splendor of Jetsunma’s many objects of devotion — the statues, thangkas, crystals, and relics.

It was then I noticed that a silk sash from the thangka of Guru Rinpoche which hung in the center of the main altar, had moved to drape over the crown of a White Tara statue to its right. And then I saw that the katag that hung on the picture of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche had somehow moved to its left to also gently drape on the crown of the same White Tara statue. Windows were all closed, there was no fan or breeze in the room to explain this event.

It was astonishing, as though both Guru Rinpoche and His Holiness were blessing and protecting White Tara’s presence among us, who is Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo herself. Eh Ma Ho!

Recounted by Ariana Chantal, personal attendant to Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Long Life Prayer for Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche

NGE PA DÖN GYI LUNG TOG TEN PA’I SOG

Ngedön Chökyi Nyima, you are the life of the teachings of scripture and realization,

SANG CHEN CHÖ KYI NYI MA’I ÖD ZER GYI

You are the sun’s radiance of the great secret Dharma.

DRO WA’I YID KYI MÜN PA RAB SEL WA

Clarifier of the darkness in the minds of sentient beings,

NA TSHOG RANG DRÖL ZHAB LA SÖL WA DEB

At the feet of Na-tsog Rang Drol I pray.

GANG GI NAM PAR THAR PA’I JE ZHUG TE

Fully Liberating whosoever follows you,

DRO PHEN TRIN LE DRUB LA NYER TSÖN PA

Particularly diligent in accomplishing miraculous activities that benefit all beings.

TSHÜNG ME SHED DRUB TEN PA’I GYAL TSEN GYI

Unequaled, you are the victory banner showing explanations for accomplishing the practice.

ZHAB PED TEN CHING DZED TRIN THAR JIN SHOG

Planting your lotus feet firmly, please complete your miraculous activity!

Composed by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Astrology

10/30/2010     Saturday

Hmmm, a disagreement can occur today.  Somebody’s pride has been tweaked.  Men and women don’t really agree with each other.  The man is pleasant but unmovable.  Watch out for nice, intractable men. Find out what they want, they may be too agreeable to tell you themselves.  Also watch out for women who are standing on their pride. Make them feel better.  You could be playing both roles yourself.  In the end diplomacy stabilizes the situation.  Exercise is appealing and fun. Spiritual leaders are inspiring, and the urge to expand is in the air.  Old loves still pop up here and there.  Have fun.

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!

Meal Blessing

SHORT CHENREZIG MEAL BLESSING

THE BLESSING:

Visualize that the offerings are purified and increase.

OM AH HUNG

THE OFFERING PRAYER:

Remembering the Three Jewels, take refuge and offer the food visualized as a vast display.

TÖN PA LA MED SANGYE RINPOCHE

To the unsurpassed teacher, the precious Buddha,

KYOB PA LA MED DAM CHÖ RINPOCHE

To the unsurpassed refuge, the precious holy Dharma,

DREN PA LA MED GEN DÜN RINPOCHE

To the unsurpassed guide, the precious Sangha,

KYAB NE KÖN CHOG SUM LA CHÖD PA BÜL

This offering is made to the three supreme and rare Jewels of Refuge.

THE PRACTICE:

Visualize oneself as the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, white in color, with one face and four arms.  Two palms are pressed together at the heart and the outer two hands are holding a crystal mala in the right and a lotus in the left.  Adorned with jewels and silks, you are seated in the full lotus posture upon a lotus and moon seat.

JOWO KYÖN GYI MA GÖ KU DOG KAR

To the unstained Lord, whose body is white in color,

DZOG SANGYE KYI U LA GYEN

Whose head is adorned with a perfect Buddha,

THUG JE’I CHEN GYI DRO LA ZIG

Who views living beings with the eyes of compassion,

CHENREZIG LA SÖL WA DEB

To Avalokiteshvara I pray.

THE MANTRA RECITATION:

Recite the Mani Mantra as many times as possible.

OM MANI PEDME HUNG

While reciting the mantra, recall all sentient beings, who have passed away, especially those who lost their lives in the preparation of the meal, and generate compassion for them.  Expand your awareness to include even the insects that were harmed in the course of raising, transporting or cooking the vegetables and grains.  If one has received the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara, by this prayer and recitation one will maintain the samaya commitment.

THE DEDICATION:

Meditate that all beings attain the state of liberation through this prayer.

GEWA DI YI NYUR DU DAG

By the virtue of this practice, myself

CHENREZIG WANG DRUB GYUR NE

Accomplishing swiftly Lord Avalokiteshvara,

DRO WA CHIG KYANG MA LÜ PA

May all beings without exception

DE YI SA LA GÖD PAR SHOG

Be liberated to his level!

This concise food blessing was composed of various traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayers by the Venerable Gyaltrul Rinpoche for his students.  May it be of benefit.

Astrology

10/29/2010     Friday

This is the day you can have a major accomplishment or come up with an idea for the ages!  Intuition is right on the money.  You can expand and stabilize a work project.  Everything to do with home, houses and families is favored. Building something?  It goes well. Loved ones are in sync.  Call your mother!  Make people happy today.  Albert Einstein said, “When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute.  But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it’s two hours.  That’s relativity.”  You learn relativity today. (P.S.  It’s doing something you like)

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

10/28/2010     Thursday

A disappointment comes early today, but your mind is steady, and your energy is buoyant.  Something or someone inspires and lifts you to a higher lever, and you are inspired anew. A trapped energy has been set free.  Run, exercise, and get busy.  You feel like skipping down the street.  An old love is back, and it is pointing a direction for you.  Go in the direction of happiness.  That is the message of today.  You won’t be disappointed.  Emanuel Swedenborg said, “Love in its essence is spiritual fire.”

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 Freedom to Practice Dharma

I hope you all will forgive me if I am not on top of my game.  Recently I have had a lot of hate and lies thrown at me. I am hurting, which should make them happy and gleeful, drunk with it.  My old nemesis is now making the balls and his new friend ryderjaphy is throwing them.  That is an old Italian saying BTW. :).

Evidently there are many who wish to do away with Tulkus entirely. (Yet they follow them) I cannot see the logic here. I cannot understand the addiction to war. War is THE ENEMY of humankind. It never solves problems, just causes pain and inflames the mind, so it gets more and more sick. Then the body fails. Can’t we see that? The sender and the receiver both suffer according to their awareness of the 3 doors.

Some delight in war and hate and feel puffed up by it.  War and hate are killers.  Lies are the messenger.  I have great pity for those who hate; I know the truth of cause and effect.  I have done so many Pho’was and see the bardo experience if the various different types.  Samaya breakers and haters of Dharma as it is handed teacher to student is the most hideous bardo of all.  As is claiming enlightenment where there is none.

These days everyone thinks they are as enlightened as Guru Padmasambava, or Lord Buddha. So they just change the laws and supports to suit their own taste. This is heinous, as we are taught. Only the truly realized write Dharma and make judgment calls from the wisdom mind. Like HH Dalai Lama, Kyabje HHPenor Rinpoche, Kyabje HH Dudjom Rinpoche, Kyabje HH Karmapa.

The ordinary jamoke with little accomplishment is free to think and have different opinions, but are NOT qualified to make crazy proclamations.

Just as Guru Padmasambava brought Dharma to Tibet, then Milarepa, and Tsonkapa added their wisdom- that IS Vajrayana – if changed you are making up your own religion. Fine by me – but there will be no result.

In any case those who wish to practice as tradition suggests, with Guru Yoga should not be molested as they do.  We are Americans and we are a Democracy.  Do your thing if it doesn’t cause suffering.  For the ones who wish to practice purely, exactly as taught, step by step and humble- LEAVE US ALONE.  We follow our Gurus and keep samaya; we dig out our poisons.

This is our pure and precious Path of Dharma. We want what our Lamas suffered bled and died for, walked over the Himilayas for. The METHOD to AWAKEN!

It is our right.  It is our remedy, we dedicate our lives to its preservation and are willing to die trying.  So demons do your worst.

WE ARE DHARMA IN THE WEST AND WE ARE HERE TO STAY! EH MA HO!