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by Grigoris
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Visualisations and Dzogchen
Replies: 50
Views: 1444

Re: Visualisations and Dzogchen

Can we get back to topic?

The topic is a discussion of the article posted by Heart: https://www.lionsroar.com/visualizing-a ... ect-world/

This discussion is not about who has a bigger Dzogchen...

I would recommend people go read the article and discuss the content here.

Thank you.
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Visualisations and Dzogchen
Replies: 50
Views: 1444

Re: Visualisations and Dzogchen

In many Nyingma lineages yidam practices are not merely a preliminary to Dzogchen. They may be an enhacement as well, and sometimes a non-optional one, too (to an extent, at least). Your presentation reifies the boundary between tantra and Dzogchen, something which in Nyingma is not really done (or...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Visualisations and Dzogchen
Replies: 50
Views: 1444

Re: Visualisations and Dzogchen

treehuggingoctopus wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:38 pm
You are telling us a Bon story here, which is fine and dandy -- it is certainly a valid story.
I think you may find that it is a kalden yundrung story...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Visualisations and Dzogchen
Replies: 50
Views: 1444

Re: Visualisations and Dzogchen

heart wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:51 am
So visualizations are thoughts...
Initially, when they are contrived, but once the practice is realised...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Visualisations and Dzogchen
Replies: 50
Views: 1444

Re: Visualisations and Dzogchen

With Dzogchen is meant abiding in the non dual State. So deities are not included in the non-dual state? They are seperate to the non-dual state? They are not expressions of the non-dual state? When in HYT we visualise ourselves as the deity, this is not non-duality? This is not abiding in the non-...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Chod
Topic: Paying for teachings
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Paying for teachings

Please continue the conversation here.
by Grigoris
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pete Buttigieg
Replies: 52
Views: 950

Re: Pete Buttigieg

Trump doesn't have that pull. As the Mueller report is showing us, he can't even control his own cabinet. No banks are taking significant orders from that clown. I thought we were talking about favors, not orders. As with most conspiracy theories... It is a conspiracy theory to say that the preside...
by Grigoris
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pete Buttigieg
Replies: 52
Views: 950

Re: Pete Buttigieg

Yeah, I agree. And looking at all the Goldman Sachs alums working in the Federal Government over the years makes it abundantly clear that the US government works closely with the banking industry. Yup. But because the banks are private institutions the public have no say in the process, whereas if ...
by Grigoris
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pete Buttigieg
Replies: 52
Views: 950

Re: Pete Buttigieg

As I pointed out - nationalizing the banks would just turn banks into arms of the government, and its a matter of when not if banking decisions start becoming political rather than financial. Sorry to be the one to point this out to you, but financial power translates (almost directly) into politic...
by Grigoris
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pete Buttigieg
Replies: 52
Views: 950

Re: Pete Buttigieg

IIRC, the bank bailouts were largely loans and credit lines to backstop the banks' liabilities. All those loans were paid off. The banks paid back the bailout money??? There's simply no way that the US government was going to take over the banks directly and that would have been a bad idea, IMHO. W...
by Grigoris
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I can't forgive
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: I can't forgive

I can't seem to forgive someone who caused me a lot of pain: imagine the worst and you'll be close. This person, of course, is family...and not so easy to cut out of my life. And the person won't apologize, so the rage in me just builds and builds. I want justice, vengeance even. I have really beco...
by Grigoris
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pete Buttigieg
Replies: 52
Views: 950

Re: Pete Buttigieg

Failed banks should have gone into receivership and then to the auction block. Instead we created a worse problem. You really have no idea what you are talking about. The banks should have been saved but there should have been limitations put on their actions and the bail-out money should have been...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pete Buttigieg
Replies: 52
Views: 950

Re: Pete Buttigieg

Failed banks should have gone into receivership and then to the auction block. Instead we created a worse problem. You really have no idea what you are talking about. The banks should have been saved but there should have been limitations put on their actions and the bail-out money should have been...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 67
Views: 1768

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

Maybe a more constructive question is what "mixing worldly and dharma paths" would actually mean. The examples I gave seem to not be it. Lamas talk about it often. They kind of are and are not. "Lamas" often engage in propitiating worldly spirits and deities, in order to avert obstacles to their Bu...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Like a dream or a kind of dream?
Replies: 20
Views: 407

Re: Like a dream or a kind of dream?

SunWuKong wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:28 pm
..while others get up before the noon meal and go back to bed after the same meal...
It's a living...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pete Buttigieg
Replies: 52
Views: 950

Re: Pete Buttigieg

Pretty much sick of hearing from self-proclaimed socialists. When public funds were used to bail out failing banks (guilty of fraud), the silence was overwhelming. Yet when we try to feed a starving child they call it "entitlement programs." Suddenly it became the trend to say "socialism" What a jo...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Becoming a Buddhist Scholar
Replies: 30
Views: 429

Re: Becoming a Buddhist Scholar

pemachophel wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:47 pm
Becoming a Buddhist yogi (or yogini) is free and leads to Liberation.
Ummmm...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 67
Views: 1768

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

Jangchup Donden wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:28 pm
Totally agree. But maybe then it's more like turning the water into oil (or vice versa, depending on which is samsara).
You can lead a horse to oil...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pete Buttigieg
Replies: 52
Views: 950

Re: Pete Buttigieg

Pretty much sick of hearing from self-proclaimed socialists. When public funds were used to bail out failing banks (guilty of fraud), the silence was overwhelming. Yet when we try to feed a starving child they call it "entitlement programs." Suddenly it became the trend to say "socialism" What a jo...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Like a dream or a kind of dream?
Replies: 20
Views: 407

Re: Like a dream or a kind of dream?

In our karmic dream, we dream that we either wake up or sleep. Therefore "a kind of dream". That one went completely over your head... :tongue: Still it's not totally irrelevant, as I was just reading that often in the Hinayana tradition monks simply sleep all day. Go figure. Well, they wake at 4:3...

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