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by Grigoris
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 73
Views: 3860

Re: boring questions about losing weight

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by Grigoris
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 37
Views: 877

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Oh look, yet another anti-tulku system discussion by Westerners... How droll...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:27 pm
Four Seals.
Some traditions say that there are only Three Seals.
Refuge.
Guru, Deva, Dakini?
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:23 pm
Is consensus an advantage? The implication of your comment is that to be an advantage, we should all agree, lock step.
It seems that you have completely misunderstood my point.
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Simon E. wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:27 pm
Rangtong and Shentong are dialects of the same Buddhadharma language.
A misunderstanding of dialect that lead to forced conversions, destruction of monasteries, deaths, etc... :roll:
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:42 am
It's only helpful to demarcate the boundaries of what the Buddhadharma is vs. what is not the Buddhadharma.
Like Rangtong vs Shentong, for example... ;)
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

No one can agree to what constitutes an anything though, I mean the same is true of politics etc. Yup. So where are the "advantages" that Buddhism confers to it's followers if they act no differently than everybody else? Not all do, and as it's impossible for most of us to see the outcomes of said ...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Which begs the question. Why log on to a Buddhist forum which proclaims that there is no consensus about what constitutes Buddhism? To shoot the breeze a while? Have an argument? Or what? Or could it be that there is in fact a consensus regarding what constitutes the teaching of various Buddhist sc...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:35 am
No one can agree to what constitutes an anything though, I mean the same is true of politics etc.
Yup. So where are the "advantages" that Buddhism confers to it's followers if they act no differently than everybody else?
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

As for pratyekabuddhas, a lot of Mahayana doesn't consider pratyekabuddhas awakened. Lotus Sutra for instance, doesn't consider Hinayana, Pratyekabuddhayana, or even Bodhisattvayana to lead to bodhi. Only Buddhayana leads to bodhi. Which supports my statement that Buddhists cannot even agree as to ...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

And that isn't an unsupported appeal to authority. Read my HHDL and Thinley Norbu quotes again. I of course can't quote everyone or even many teachers otherwise it would get overly long. But specifically Norbu's quote says the paths of worldly deities only leads to rebirth in samsara. With all due ...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

And I'm arguing that sometimes merit is simply the cause for rebirth in the higher realms and nothing more. For nominal Buddhists too? Yes, I am conflating dharma with Buddhism, and my point is that I think most major teachers would as well. I do believe that is called an [unsupported] appeal to au...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

I also find it unlikely that Nichiren, or any otther major teacher, considered non-Buddhist religions to essentially be provisional Buddhist teachings. It seems to me you are confounding Dharma with Buddhism. I should also add here that many people use Buddhism to achieve worldly benefit (eg good h...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

The answer is obvious, isn't it? I would think so, but when people start to argue about whether Pratyekabuddhas are awakened or not, well... It seems the obvious is not so obvious! Clearly all Paths are not the same. They certainly differ at the very highest levels of View... It seems that some peo...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Buddhists arguing about authentic BuddhaDharma is a matter of refining. If you consider sectarian BS as refining, I guess so. Because generally that is what the arguments tend to be. Depending on the teachings you follow, Pratyekabuddha may or may not be awakened. Which Buddhist tradition does not ...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

It’s remarkable how frequently we have discussions here, on a Buddhist discussion forum, with nominal Buddhists who claim equivalence between the Dharma and a host of other religions. I don't think that Buddhism has a monopoly on Dharma. Hell, Buddhists even argue among themselves about which Buddh...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1679

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

One of them has a creator god, an immortal soul, no reincarnation, sin. The other has pratityasamutpada, anatman, karma. We could go on but the distinction here is sufficient - this is a gap that cannot be closed by posting some deeper meaning, unless you posit that one side is a provisional teachi...
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 36
Views: 697

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

One thing to consider is that a lot of these old statues and images we have is that they looked very different when they were first completed - those Buddhas, their mandorlas, and niches would have been painted with fresco in brilliant colors. Imagine riding on a trade caravan for weeks and coming ...
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 36
Views: 697

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

I wonder how many people here were aware of the Bamiyan Buddhas BEFORE they were destroyed? I sure wasnt. So i dont think i could authentically express an emotional attachment to the fate of those statues, in all honesty. I had none at all. The ideas they represent are sublime, but the images thems...
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1042

Re: What is magic?

This one has veered way off topic, actually I am unsure if there even is a topic being discussed in this collection of disjointed and unrelated statements. If somebody can explain to me what the topic is and why it needs to continue being discussed, please message me.

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