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Kunzang Palyul Choling - Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

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The Buddhism for Beginners Podcast is brought to you by Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC). KPC was founded by Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo Rinpoche to uphold the Palyul lineage within the Nyingma tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. KPC is a hub of compassionate activity with a mission to inspire people to improve the world and end suffering for the benefit of all beings. The Buddhism for Beginners podcast draws from a wealth of teachings by Jetsunma and other great masters from around the world. Gain ...
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Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo gave this teaching Christmas eve 1995. In it she describes the hope and fear that is magnified during the holiday season, using it as a way to understand the habits of our minds. During the holiday season our minds become even more unstable than usual, according to Jetsunma. Our hopes and fears increase. "The more we grasp outw…
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Our spiritual life can be a precious living truth inside of us if we develop a deep and ultimate connection with our spiritual path. Jetsunma explains to us that this is not easy to do because our society is materialistic and removed from the natural current of life. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.org…
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Jetsunma takes us to a deeper understanding of the interdependence of the practices of Refuge and Bodhicitta. Leading us through the mental equations that will result in the cessation of suffering, she points out, "The cessation of suffering does not come about when everything external gets alright." The answer to the question, "How in the world am…
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The ideas of competition and materialism are taught to us as virtues during our childhood. Collecting things and going somewhere are pivotal ways of viewing our life’s progress. Jetsunma steers us away from these misconceptions: "Every moment is something that you have a sacred relationship with, because you move into the awareness that there is no…
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The five senses are about distinction - the idea of self-nature being inherently real. They are extensions of our ego. Why is the understanding of our own true nature so difficult for human beings? Jetsunma answers, "Because we are practicing the mantra of separation constantly, on five different levels at once!" Ngündro, a preliminary foundational…
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We are taught to never truly surrender our heart, to never risk in order to experience great passion, to always keep something aside for ourselves. Our quest for safety leads us to compartmentalize our experiences and keep everything in a neat, controlled place. Jetsunma calls us to give rise to the phenomenal flame of compassion as the only thing …
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When Jetsunma was in her early 20’s she practiced examining all aspects of life: physical, mental, emotional. What she found in the things of samsara: "There’s no future in this." At the same time, meditating upon the natural, luminous state that is free of contrivance, she would cry, realizing that this primordial nature is free of all causes of s…
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There is a deep prejudice in the West that has become almost invisible to us: the idea that one’s spiritual life is somehow separate from the rest of one’s life. This results in the habit of denial about the truth of our situation and we are literally paralyzed on the Path. We are trapped by the narcotic of samsaric living, seduced into a feeling o…
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Growing up in a materialistic culture, being taught to "be all that you can be", actually produces obstacles to the path to enlightenment. The definition of neurotic is acting in a way that is inappropriate according to reality. The Buddha teaches that this "self" into whose pockets you are putting things, is an erroneous concept. Instead, Jetsunma…
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The Buddha teaches us that the root of all suffering is desire. We've all had the experience of fulfilling one desire only to be overcome with the next. Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo helps us unravel this endless loop to look at how we can begin to pacify this thirst in our minds. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.…
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The basis for understanding your true nature is Bodhicitta - the compassionate intent to benefit all beings. Kindness then becomes the essence of your practice. Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo guides us in understanding how this works. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.org…
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It takes extraordinary effort to lift out of suffering and reach enlightenment. On the way, you rely on the lineage, the Guru, and the knowledge of cause and result. Then step by step, you will reach your goal. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.orgBy Kunzang Palyul Choling - Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
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In this live teaching from 1991, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, following His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, opens the doors to the sphere of truth; sharing with us the qualities of activity expressed by the Dakini. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.orgBy Kunzang Palyul Choling - Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
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In this teaching, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo gives us an in-depth understanding of the Buddhist concept of merit and how it works in our lives. Through lucid explanation and example, Jetsunma shows us how meritorious intention and activity can lead us swiftly on the path to Buddhahood. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit w…
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The "Four Noble Truths" was the first teaching given by the Buddha. In it he describes the truth of suffering, the end of suffering and the path out of suffering. Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo shows us that applying these teachings in our lives will bring good results and increase our happiness. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, …
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Growing up in a materialistic culture, being taught to "be all that you can be", actually produces obstacles to the path to enlightenment. The definition of neurotic is acting in a way that is inappropriate according to reality. The Buddha teaches that this "self" into whose pockets you are putting things, is an erroneous concept. Instead, Jetsunma…
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In traditionally Buddhist countries in the East, concepts like emptiness and Bodhicitta are common knowledge. Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo explains how the fact that we did not grow up with this mind-set gives us a disadvantage, and how to work through it. For more resources and teachings you can visit www.tara.org Support the show For more resources, teac…
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Awakening to enlightenment involves breaking habits we have had since "time out of mind". Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo gives us some methods using the Buddha's teachings that will help us accomplish our goal. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.orgBy Kunzang Palyul Choling - Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
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Have you ever wondered what makes up those "voices in your head"? They arise from discursive thought and Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo takes us through the process of identifying their cause, and applying their antidote. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.orgBy Kunzang Palyul Choling - Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
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Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo explains clearly what it means to be a Buddhist and take refuge in the 3 jewels. Contrasting that is how we actually live our lives. This leads us to decision time. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.orgBy Kunzang Palyul Choling - Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
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Ever wonder why Buddhists talk so much about "merit" or "virtue"? Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo answers these questions and explains what merit is, why you need it, and what to do to get it and keep it. Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.orgBy Kunzang Palyul Choling - Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
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Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo takes us through the steps that will support and lead to our own enlightenment as well as those who have hopes of us. This teaching was originally given on 4/27/1999 Support the show For more resources, teachings and practices, visit www.tara.orgBy Kunzang Palyul Choling - Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
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Washing your hands is not about you -- and neither is meditation. In this class, participants will learn how to use the technique of one-pointed concentration to calm and center their minds, and how that practice opens the door to compassion. Both relaxing and healing, this meditation can be practiced by anyone, regardless of religious tradition. S…
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The ideas of competition and materialism are taught to us as virtues during our childhood. Collecting things and going somewhere are pivotal ways of viewing our life’s progress. Jetsunma steers us away from these misconceptions: "Every moment is something that you have a sacred relationship with, because you move into the awareness that there is no…
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Bodhicitta is Your Essence (Part 1 of Your Treasure is the Bodhisattva Heart) Bodhicitta, the Great Compassion, the Great Awakening, is often misunderstood by western students. To have an emotional experience of compassion is not "it". In fact, the true experience of Bodhicitta cannot be described. Yet, it is inseparable from the ground of being, f…
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