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by Grigoris
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness is liberation
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Re: Emptiness is liberation

I think this is the right answer. As to all the pitfalls listed, e.g. emptiness as path, these points are all clearly true, but off topic. The question is about liberation. The path is ethics meditation and wisdom. No question there. You can lead a horse to water... The quote talks about the path. ...
by Grigoris
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 83
Views: 1772

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

I guess you're aw So the first step in 'indigenizing Dharma' is breaking out of the instinctive scientific naturalism of Western culture. Nice post. But I am going to have to point out the obvious here: what you are proposing here is not an indigenesiation of Dharma, quite the opposite. You are say...
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Tara
Replies: 14
Views: 252

Re: Tara

PuerAzaelis wrote:What else is there?
That's up to a qualified and realised teacher to answer. The answer is experiential.
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How to meditate on death?
Replies: 16
Views: 224

Re: How to meditate on death?

binocular wrote:Okay, thanks for reminding me of the width and depth of this topic.
I gave you a little bit more than a reminder, I gave you a starting point for practice too in my post. ;)
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Tara
Replies: 14
Views: 252

Re: Tara

PuerAzaelis wrote:I presently suffer, but my perception is already non-dual, the same way my mind and the deity are merged.
If your perception was on-dual you would not suffer, thus...
This is because all I have to work with, ever, are the contents of consciousness
Bzzzzzzztttt... Wrong!
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Tara
Replies: 14
Views: 252

Re: Tara

Even in the absence of the affirmative existence of subject and object, if I stick a fork in my hand, I will suffer. No, if you stick a fork in your hand you will feel physical pain, the feeling of pain MAY cause mental suffering. Apparently Buddhas feel pain, but they do not feel suffering. There ...
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 83
Views: 1772

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

The whole idea of higher and lower is ridiculous. It is like comparing a sprinter to marathon runner and considering one higher than the other. Actually I was going to say that without the idea of 'higher truth', how can Dharma be Westernized? It is exactly the vertical axis which is missing in Wes...
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 83
Views: 1772

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

The whole idea of higher and lower is ridiculous. It is like comparing a sprinter to marathon runner and considering one higher than the other.
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness is liberation
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Re: Emptiness is liberation

Emptiness is the ultimate truth, the truth that all things are empty of inherent existence, originate dependently, are transient,, etc.. But if that is not liberation, then liberation relates to the conventional truth. The conventional truth is all the rest ))). In the defence of this group (emptin...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 83
Views: 1772

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

Someone who is always knocking down "lesser" paths is a sign of low realization. The inability to discern a correct path from a wrong path and a higher path from a lower path is a form of ignorance. By your reasoning, it is also incorrect to state that nonBuddhist paths do not lead to any...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 75
Views: 1461

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

When a Buddha exists on the earth, he is clearly present to our eyes, just like you or I. Of course when an appearing Master is labeled a Buddha, an Enlightened Master, then we see with our eyes as we trust the source how he/she is presented. But would there always be recognition on the street, mar...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 75
Views: 1461

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

As I have looked over the forum, I find that it was years ago that I remained in the boat of holy scriptures, and now I don't. So this forum is not appropriate for me, because it is relying to heavily on scriptures. At some point you have to be it, not read it. So I will not be back to bother you a...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 31
Views: 658

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Mundane merit is exhaustible. For example, this eon begins with a compliment of natural merit; but as latent afflictions become more and more prevalent in the sentient beings who inhabit it, that merit declines resulting the destruction of the billion world system aka the universe. Transcendent mer...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 31
Views: 658

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

smcj wrote:Neither had I but I was too chicken to admit it.
Never be scared to admit ignorance, you can save yourself a lot of suffering by just throwing your hands in the air. :smile:
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 31
Views: 658

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

AlexanderS wrote:What is the short explanation on the difference between mundane and transcendent accumulations?
First thing that popped into my head too. I've never heard of merit being categorised in this manner.
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 31
Views: 658

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

The statement "Buddhahood in one lifetime" refers to a complete beginner with no accumulations. Must have some pretty decent accumulations to have been born as a human with all the qualities, characteristics and endowments necessary for enlightenment. Anyway, right now you are asking us t...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 31
Views: 658

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

tiagolps wrote:Depends on who you ask :smile:
Sure. If you ask somebody that does not have clue, they may tell you something different.
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 31
Views: 658

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

I believe that only the vajrayana offers the posibility of Buddhahood within one lifetime. So do I. But then I've also been taught that since i can't see karma I can't tell how many lifetimes a person has already been practicing. So maybe somebody has been at it for a long time already and is ripe ...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?
Replies: 31
Views: 658

Re: Is Vajrayana really the fastest path?

Hi all, I've been mostly a theravada practitioner for most of my meditative life, but I am interested in learning more about vajrayana. I'm particularly interested in Tantric practices and the claim that they are the fastest way to enlightenment. Why is this so? Also, how fast are we talking here? ...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas
Replies: 75
Views: 1461

Re: if we are Buddhas are we the 3 Kayas

openmind wrote:This whole scenario you bring up sounds like a movie plot. The imagination is ruling the direction of the inquiry.
So why not enlighten us with your experience and dispel our flights into fantasy?

PS You may want to change your user ID to "closemind". :tongue:

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