The Eightfold Path: Full Length Video Teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

The following is a full length video teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo offered at Kunzang Palyul Choling:

“The origin of suffering is desire,” To illustrate this point, Jetsunma holds up her Blackberry. Even something that is a gift or designed to make our lives easier can be a burden if there is attachment or desire.

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An agreement can be negotiated, but be careful!  It must be something you have discussed and considered previously.  Anything brand new will come to nothing.  A solid relationship can be formed with a woman, a child or a family member.  Partnership potential is present.  One side is a visionary, a dreamer and a healer.  The other side is solid, steady and down to earth.  Both sides gain from the association.  A magnetic attraction is growing slowly and steadily. Obsession is a danger. An authority figure or boss is turning on the charm, and you are vulnerable. Don’t become too open, and don’t tell your boss your problems! Cynthia Nelms said “Nobody really cares if you are miserable, so you might as well be happy.” 

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!

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Harmonious relationships characterize this day.  Groups and friends are supportive, and others help you keep the big picture in perspective. A disagreement is looming.  If it’s already happened, it won’t come back.  One side is fussing about the details and the other side is looking at the grand scheme of things.  Each side needs to give a bit and to give assurances of good will.  Messages from a distance keep changing, and it’s important to stay flexible.  Emotionally, you’re in the right place to do this. Consider your own faults and you’ll be fine.  Ethel Barrymore said “You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.”

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 Dance of Emptiness Part 2: Full Length Video Teaching

The following is a full length video teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo offered in Sedona, Arizona:

 

This workshop introduces us to the world of emptiness, which is fullness, and all the paradox that implies

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Work is impossibly good these days, so keep it up.  You are receiving kudos and recognition for your work.  The boss likes you, and you look good in public; excellent.  This door is open, so keep going in.  A dream is slowly and steadily being brought into reality, thanks to hard work.  It’s important to keep going over old issues.  If you remember this, all goes well.  Be careful in your interactions with others, you may be working so hard that you’re just blowing right past people who aren’t on the team.  Your partner needs you now, but hand holding and comfort giving is the last thing on your mind. Be patient and caring. Remember the times you’ve wanted support.  Margaret Meade said “One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.”

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!

Equanimity

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From The Spiritual Path:  A Compilation of Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

The Buddha taught us to treasure those we do not know—even our worst enemies—as much as our most beloved relatives and friends. We should value them equally. “Is that really possible?” you may wonder. Not only is it possible; it is necessary. Boundless equanimity is the basis of compassion and of a truly deepened, stable practice.

If you carefully examine why you value a loved one more than someone you have never met, or more than your enemy, you will uncover a whole mother lode of information and awareness required to understand the Buddha’s teaching. You will realize the extent to which you are motivated by desire. This can make you uncomfortable: sincere self-examination requires tremendous courage. I believe that the Buddha’s teaching is best understood and practiced if you are fearless in examining your motivation. This alone can be a great guru. You can learn much about your desire for approval, for recognition.

If you look closely at how you have felt about yourself throughout your life, you will see that you have played a kind of mirror game since birth. Children develop their sense of self by seeing its reflection in the eyes and minds of others. Through our perception of them, children learn about their appearance, qualities, and tendencies. This process continues even now: you modify your self-image as you watch your reflection in others.

Your belief in the reality of self-nature seeks its own continuation. That, of course, is the bottom line of survival instinct. Once we have developed the view that self-nature is inherently real, we see “other” as inherently real—all phenomena as inherently real. This perception seems essential to prevent chaos, to maintain stability.

But the Buddha teaches that we are empty of self nature. Our true reality is the primordial-wisdom state. The experience of self and other is merely a series of conceptualizations. Watch your mind as you meet a person for the first time. The determinations you make in order to distinguish that person from yourself or someone else are all tainted by attraction and repulsion. This is true even of the thought processes that occur when you are not looking at anything, when your eyes are closed, and when you are resting or in a relaxed state.

With attraction and repulsion, there is always wanting or not wanting; there is always grasping or pushing away. When attraction arises in the mindstream, repulsion will also occur to the same degree. Though you may not be aware of the repulsion at that moment, the seed is there which will cause it to be experienced at some future time. Once a cause-and-effect relationship is begun, it always fulfills itself—unless it is purified. That is why equanimity is essential to your meditation or practice. In order to attain equanimity, one must realize the emptiness or sameness or suchness which is the underlying reality of all perceived phenomena. The way to stabilize the mind is not through suppression. The goal is not to train your EKG to become a straight line. Realization is not a “flat-line” mentality. You are not supposed to act out your idea of peacefulness. You know how it’s done: not too blissful, just un-focus the eyes a little, a pseudo-Mona Lisa routine. We tend to think that the way to attain stability is to adopt a pose or posture, like a child putting on his daddy’s clothes.

The Buddha teaches that the primordial-wisdom state is the ground from which phenomena spontaneously arise. We experience them either purely, as spontaneous, natural movements of that Nature, or impurely, as delusions of self and other. The primordial wisdom state is clear; it has the quality of innate wakefulness; it is neither dead nor cold. Yet the moment you try to describe it, saying: “Well, it’s like this” or “It looks like this” or “It’s light” or “It’s love” or even “It’s innate wakefulness,” whatever words you use, the moment you describe it, you lose it. You lose it because you wrap concepts and terminology around it, making it a contrived, unnatural experience. But by gradually eliminating desire from the mindstream, you begin to practice equanimity. You begin to experience the natural state in meditation.

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You’re ready to get serious. And you’ve come down to earth enough to take pleasure in the solid comforts of life. A high flying energy has settled, and this brings happiness. Have a good meal, spend time in a comfortable place and be with those you love. Public recognition can come your way. If you have worked long and hard for something, someone notices and is appreciative. Edward Chapin said “A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and swings there as easily as a star.” Someone is willing to support your project from the past; at last. Be very careful not to jump on board with a brand new undertaking for it will come to nothing. But if you have thought about and dreamed of something in the past, you can do it now. Pay attention to the “old folks at home.”  They love you and they need you. You can buy someone the best present in the world today.

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!