Inspiration plus perspiration moves you forward, and a good idea inspires you to undertake successful projects. You are slowly and steadily working your way through an issue that’s been around since November 2011. It seems you are overwhelmed with detail, but keep on pushing. Happiness comes from car trips, friendly chats, reading and ideas in general. Have fun. Albert Camus said, “I shall tell you a great secret my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.” Work, and enjoy yourself as if this were your last day.
Wanted to take a moment to publicly offer thanks to one of my students, Claire.
She doesn’t talk about it much, but she never stops moving, working to bring benefit in whatever way she can.
She’s been a team leader for the Garuda Aviary for years now. Her passion for the birds, as well as her accessible style, have helped grow an active, involved team committed to keeping the Aviary afloat despite challenging economic times.
She not only keeps the team informed and inspired, but takes calls and reads emails from people all over the country who have problem birds. She conscientiously answers them all, building a network of relationships sharing a mission to end the parrot trade and care for these precious beings.
When our team in Sedona was fumbling on how to secure the Amitabha Stupa, Claire was willing to step into the hot seat and has gotten the team motivated and engaged, they’re working hard at raising the funds we need to keep the Stupa safe! Truly, if it weren’t for Claire that Stupa would have been lost by now.
She’s been willing to travel back and forth to Sedona on her own in order to keep the team going and coordinate their efforts with those here.
Not only does she manage these two teams, which, by the way, have had some great fundraising success lately, she also endures the thankless job of managing their finances.
Claire wasn’t always so responsible, but she’s really grown up on this path.
May she continue to grow and deepen as she learns to bring increasing benefit to beings.
Do not stray from your partner or associate, that person is very necessary now. Why: because you keep running into roadblocks on your own. If you’re un-partnered, spend time out in the world with people. Alone, you’ll feel trapped, frustrated and jumpy. Good fortune comes from pleasing ideas and enjoyable conversation. Head toward the things that make you happy and you will find success. If it isn’t fun, it won’t work! You’ll recognize failure by the drudgery surrounding it. A woman is helpful behind the scenes. Mother Teresa said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Surprises keep coming, and when you try to fix them the road is blocked. You move forward, then back up, then forward again. Finally you try another route. Two open doors are available and both are successful. One leads to a partnership and the other leads to a good natured happy-talker who is kind and helpful. You just can’t go it alone today. Someone offers support behind the scenes. Accept gratefully. Andy Warhol said, “They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Get moving!
Events or emotions can cause you to question yourself today. You feel like a small child who doesn’t know what to do and needs to be taken care of. Make no attempt to “go it alone” if you feel dismayed or discouraged. Talk things over with trusted confidantes. A stabilizing force is present in the form of a partner, an older person or someone who can debate you out of your feelings. Intellectual analysis will pull you out of an emotional slump, and that’s exactly what is here. A light attitude and a loving response can disperse the clouds that seem so threatening. If a vulnerable friend appears, give assurances of your good will. That’s all that’s needed. Something that seems overwhelming can be solved by a friendly, “I’ve always liked you.” Anais Nin said, “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.”
The Four Immeasurables: The Key to a Meaningful Life
KPC is honored that renowned Buddhist Master and Nyingma lineage-holder, Ven. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will be teaching at our Maryland Temple this Friday 29th June at 7pm.
Rinpoche defines what it means to be a spiritual person in modern times, always mixing practice and life. “Isn’t that the goal of the spiritual path?” Rinpoche often asks; to be flexible, courageous and exploratory in the face of life’s joys and paradoxes, while never parting from a connection to its deepest meaning.
Born into a Tibetan family in Northern India, when he was a boy Ven. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as an emanation of Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye, also known as Jamgön Kongtrül the Great. His Holiness the 16th Karmapa confirmed this. Jamgön Kongtrül the Great, was one of the most influential teachers of the Rimé movement of Tibetan Buddhism. His collected works total more than ninety volumes, which include The Treasury of Precious Termas (Rinchen Terdzod).
Rinpoche married an American woman, and moved to the United States with his family in 1989. In the early 1990’s he founded Mangala Shri Bhuti (link: http://mangalashribhuti.org/index.html), an organization established to further the study and practice of the Nyingma lineage in the West and particularly the Rimé tradition.
Ven. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is the author of three books and is also an avid painter in the abstract expressionist tradition, and a photographer – bearing witness to moments of life around him as he travels widely throughout the world teaching and furthering his own education.
On Friday, Rinpoche will guide us in a meditation on the Four Immeasurables, and will speak about how it can be applied to our contemporary lives. By practicing the Four Immeasurables, equanimity, loving-kindness, compassion, and sympathetic joy, we develop the aspiration to devote our lives to attain enlightenment for others. The practice of altruism is the best form of kindness towards oneself and others; the ultimate altruism is Bodhicitta, the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. For Ven. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, the Four Immeasurables are the foundation of Buddhist practice and the key to leading a meaningful life.
Ven. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is a wonderfully accessible teacher whose fluent English and western manner allow the most profound teachings to be easily assimilated into the western mind. He is respected by Lamas of many traditions. Please join us for this precious opportunity to learn how to apply the extraordinary methods of the Buddhadharma in our daily lives.
Suggested donation is $35, but no-one will be turned away. For those not in the Maryland/D.C. area Rinpoche’s teaching will also be streamed live here. Please let your friends know – everyone is welcome!
“May all beings know happiness and the causes of happiness,
May they be free from suffering and the causes of suffering,
May they never be separated from the sacred happiness which is sorrowless,
And free from the knots of hope and fear, may they believe in the equality of all that lives.”
An inclusive way of speaking, an appeal to people’s highest emotions, is very successful in unifying others. A satisfying conversational opportunity presents itself. If someone wants to talk, shove everything else aside and join in! Something important can be settled. At the same time, a tense situation arises, one that is fundamentally intractable. The great danger is that a hothead (you?) will decide to “go for it!” and charge in when it’s better sit on the sidelines. Wait this out. There is NO open door for the serious situation today. Gautama Buddha said, “The greatest prayer is patience.” Nevertheless do your best to give others, even people who seem like they’re not listening, the benefit of kindness. They will remember. It won’t be obvious today but a friend is made who will be on your side in the future. Love is still fun, and you can have some happy times reading, driving around or chatting with friends.
The following is from a series of tweets by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:
Eyes gaze, mind clear, nothing is seen.
He is beautiful, the Guru.
In the space between molecules non existent he appears,
I feel Him.
His regal stance, His tenderness, the gentle King of all Dharma,
The second one comes in image – again to my heart,
Oh Beloved, your face
Is the nectar I crave and cannot forget, the blessing I crave and hold.
If I cannot see you everywhere I will not see at all.
Yours are the eyes I gaze into, the sea in which I swim,
Never abandon any of your followers!
I offer body speach and mind
To touch the honey, sweetness only possessed by you.
I am yours life after life,
You who are the silence and ecstasy,
I follow you always, my heart..
Cosmic Lover, I am yours.
I will follow you and practice.
Copyright © Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo. All rights reserved
An emotional conversation or thought represents the end of a situation, not the beginning. Express yourself and relax. It’s over. Allow others to do the same, and be aware that sometimes people just need to have their say. No action is required, just listen. Imagine a volcano erupting. All you have to do is watch and it’s over. Today the softest path is the most successful. Float through the day as though you are being blown by the wind or gently sliding downhill. The effortful path doesn’t succeed but the natural path does. If you’re trying to make something happen, back off! A workaholic energy is floating about and if you absolutely must do something rearrange your office, desk or room. This will be productive, and you won’t annoy others. Criticism is unsuccessful, so don’t bother. The good energy is still with friends, groups, loved ones and intuitive perceptions. These can’t fail. Peter Drucker said, “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”