from Joel & Michelle Levey

Ahhh )))

Our hearts are saddened to hear for Margo’s passing and warmed to hear of the love and tenderness that held her in her passing.

We offer the following meditation – from Chagdud Rinpoche’s Red Tara practice – as a jewel to hold in our hearts in moments whenever Margo comes to mind.

May her life, teachings, and presence in our lives inspire us all to live with ever deepening spirits devoted to awaken our selves in service of awakening all beings to their True Nature and Highest Potentials.

Bodhi Swaha )))

Joel & Michelle Levey

Tara Meditation for the Dead & Dying
From the Buddhist Tradition

From Tara’s heart—or from the heart of any Great Spiritual Being with whom you feel a close connection
(the Buddha, Christ, Quan Yin, etc.)
rainbow light shines
forth throughout the six realms and the bardo, enveloping the deceased ones wherever they are,
purifying their karma, and
infusing them with Tara’s radiant blessing.

Their forms become brilliant spheres of light
and dissolve into Tara’s heart-mind —
a realm beyond the cycles of suffering,
a realm of absolute purity and bliss.

Meditate in this way during the forty-nine days after death,
dedicating the merit of your practice to the deceased.

Excerpted from Chagdud Rinpoche’s
Red Tara: An Open Door to Bliss & Ultimate Awareness

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joel Levey
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 22:25:54

    Here is the meditation referred to in our note above. Blessings to Margo and to all )))

    Tara Meditation for the Dead & Dying
    From the Buddhist Tradition

    From Tara’s heart—or from the heart of any Great Spiritual Being with whom you feel a close connection
    (the Buddha, Christ, Quan Yin, etc.)
    rainbow light shines
    forth throughout the six realms and the bardo, enveloping the deceased ones wherever they are,
    purifying their karma, and
    infusing them with Tara’s radiant blessing.

    Their forms become brilliant spheres of light
    and dissolve into Tara’s heart-mind —
    a realm beyond the cycles of suffering,
    a realm of absolute purity and bliss.

    Meditate in this way during the forty-nine days after death,
    dedicating the merit of your practice to the deceased.

    Excerpted from
    Chagdud Rinpoche’s
    Red Tara: An Open Door to Bliss & Ultimate Awareness

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  2. Rick Harlan
    Sep 17, 2010 @ 23:47:47

    (Sending this with universal well-wishes from me a non-Jew non-believer looking to understand this very holy day, on this evening of Yom Kippur.* Forgive me!)

    I was looking at one translation to the Avinu Malkenu prayer. At the same time a more powerful experience, my first hearing of Avinu Malkeinu, sung with deep soul by Barbara Streisand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YONAP39jVE&NR=1 , was still reverberating inside me.

    Try playing the music while reading or even reading aloud or imagining the sound and rhythm of the following words. I know these words were inspired by Margo’s work and her way of living. Great thanks:

    Hear us. See us. Help us.
    Atone-ment. At-onement.
    Hear us. See us. Help us.
    We take it on.

    Help us put an end to learned and forced fear, hatred and greed;
    And to all forms of externalized fear and hatred and greed.

    Help us change this world of too much and too little into the world we know can be–with enough and plenty for each and all, everyday, all our days.

    May it be good that we have lived.
    And all year may we live awakened to blessing.

    Hear us. See us. Help us.
    Atone-ment. At-onement.
    Hear us. See us. Help us.
    We take it on.

    (an on-line translation of Avinu Malkeinu:)
    Hear our prayer
    We have sinned before Thee
    Have compassion upon us and upon our children
    Help us bring an end to pestilence, war, and famine
    Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth
    Inscribe us for blessing in the Book Of Life
    Let the new year be a good year for us
    Avinu malkeinu sh’ma kolenu
    Avinu malkeinu chatanu l’faneycha
    Avinu malkeinu alkenu chamol aleynu
    V’al olaleynu v’tapenu
    Avinu malkeinu
    Kaleh dever v’cherev v’raav mealeynu
    Avinu malkeinu kalehchol tsar
    Umastin mealeynu
    Avinu malkeinu
    Avinu malkeinu
    Kotvenu b’sefer chayim tovim
    Avinu malkeinu chadesh aleynu
    Chadesh a leynu shanah tovah
    Sh’ma kolenu
    Sh’ma kolenu
    Sh’ma kolenu
    Avinu malkeinu
    Avinu malkeinu
    Chadesh a leynu
    Shanah tovah
    Avinu malkeinu
    Sh’ma kolenu
    Sh’ma kolenu
    Sh’ma kolenu
    Sh’ma kolenu

    “Atonement and repentance.”
    Reconcilation and renewal.
    Compassion and determination.

    Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים‎, IPA: [ˈjom kiˈpur]), also known as the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year for Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days (or sometimes “the Days of Awe”).

    ( repeating. . .)

    Hear us. See us. Help us.
    Atone-ment. At-onement.
    Hear us. See us. Help us.
    We take it on.

    Help us put an end to learned and forced fear, hatred and greed;
    And to all forms of externalized fear and hatred and greed.

    Help us change this world of too much and too little into the world we know can be–with enough and plenty for each and all, everyday, all our days.

    May it be good that we have lived.
    And all year may we live awakened to blessing.

    Hear us. See us. Help us.
    Atone-ment. At-onement.
    Hear us. See us. Help us.
    We take it on.

    (from the on-line translation)
    Hear our prayer. . .
    Have compassion upon us and upon our children
    Help us bring an end to pestilence, war, and famine
    Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth
    Avinu malkeinu
    . . . .

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  3. Lynda C. Sloan
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 11:31:24

    The majority of those from the Nat’har clan who had practiced Dharma diligently had been reborn on Potala Mountain, while those without connection to holy persons, who had spent their lives engaging in harmful acts, were undergoing rebirth after rebirth in lower states. A monk named Hulay Buchhung was suffering in the bardo. One named Natar Alug Chhodzin had taken a fortunate rebirth. The monk Lodro Zangpo was in Tara’s pure realm of Yulokod.

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