Monday, May 19, 2014

A Message from the SSI-USA Bookstore About Ordering Four Methods of Development T-Shirts

If you will be attending one of the upcoming Dzogchen retreats in the Northeastern USA with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and would like to order Four Methods of Development * T-shirts, please let us know as we will be pre-preparing these for you to pick up at the retreats. This year, to make the process easier, we have created an online request form, which you can find here:

Please place your order by Monday, June 22nd in order for us to be able to prepare your T-shirt(s) in time.  The retreats in question are:

Kundrolling: New York City, USA July 4-6, 2014
Tsegyalgar East: Conway, MA, USA July 16-20, 201

If you have any questions, you can contact us at

Best wishes,
Anna & Martin
SSI-USA Bookstore

*The Four Methods of Development
by Choegyal Namkhai Norbu 

The way to identify the birth year elements of an individual and the elements of the current year. Buddha has clearly explained the turning of the wheel of existence by means of the twelve links of interdependence: ignorance, volition, consciousness, name and form, sense bases, contact, sensation, desire, attachment, becoming, birth, old age, and death. Accordingly, in the astrology of the elements taught by Arya Manjushri, all the aspects of the year, month, day, and time, are determined on the basis of the twelve-year cycle of mouse, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, bird, dog, and pig. This twelve-year cycle is also combined with the five elements, wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, with alternate female and male years. On the basis of these astrological periods, one can ascertain both the elemental condition of the present year and the elemental condition of the birth year. When, on the basis of the mother-son-enemy-friend relationship, conflict exists between the elements of life, body, capacity, and fortune of the year of birth, and the corresponding elements of the current year, it is important to eliminate the negative factors by means of the fourfold method which increase one's life, body, capacity, and fortune.

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