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by Grigoris
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Love at first sight
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: Love at first sight

avatamsaka3 wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:44 am
Is there something to it, or is it just infatuation?
Yes there is. It is called desire. There is quite a bit of it going around in the human realm.
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 3: Exposition of the Elements (Dhatunirdesa); Three types of Abhidharma
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: AKB, Ch. 1, Ver. 3: Exposition of the Elements (Dhatunirdesa); Three types of Abhidharma

A bit off topic but as Malcolm has provided this answer "taken up in a much later section" several times I did want to voice that I'm struggling a bit. I'm unable to determine if I struggle with the pedagogical methodology of this text (as well as the formatting from the translator) or if it is bec...
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Replies: 105
Views: 3025

Re: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club

Aggregate of formations ( samskaraskandha) p230 and 231 of the GELONG LODRO SANGPO version.

Yes, that is right, it is only two pages.
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 3132

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Astus wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:37 pm
Craving liberation is not the same as reaching it. But when reached, there's no more craving. See: Brahmana Sutta.
Given that I am not liberated and given that I still have desire/craving, I guess I better use it wisely! ;)
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration
Replies: 18
Views: 264

Re: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration

To be fair some of the American anti-vaxx demographic are from anti-authoritative communities though they define it differently be it closed religious communities or off grid anarchists as examples. A dog has four legs... There is nothing anti-authoritarian about refusing to protect yourself from h...
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration
Replies: 18
Views: 264

Re: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration

Hm, I’ve seen bits & pieces, here & there, of what’s in that wikipedia article. I don’t get the anti-vaxx thing there though; as anti-vaccination is a anti-authoritarian thing, whereas Karen is portrayed as the epitome of authoritarianism. There is NOTHING anti-authoritarian about anti-vaxx. Anti-s...
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 3132

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Astus wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:28 pm
Also, how can you crave without craving?
What if I crave for liberation?

What if I desire realisation?

If I hate the afflictions?
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 3132

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

None. But Vajrayana also does not believe in the efficacy of renunciation (or more to the point: it does not consider it the most efficient manner to achieve liberation). That puts it directly at odds with the Sravakayana. If it does not renounce the three poisons, does it simply deny their existen...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 3132

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Perhaps; but these things are rarely explained it seems. These things are explained, but you have to show a certain amount of dedication first. Westerners are not lacking ojas as a consequence of veganism and sexual excess, they are lacking perseverance, commitment and humility. They go to teachers...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 3132

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Skilful qualities (kusala dharma) are those that are free from craving, anger, and delusion (see: MN 9 ). What is it that Vajrayana considers skilful that is rooted in the three poisons? None. But Vajrayana also does not believe in the efficacy of renunciation (or more to the point: it does not con...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why wouldn't you chat with your Lama on a daily basis? . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Why wouldn't you chat with your Lama on a daily basis? . . .

WesleyP wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:58 pm
Hello,

Why wouldn't you chat and discuss with your Llama on a daily basis? :shrug:
Because they have better things to do.
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 70
Views: 1098

Re: emptiness is pure

I agree with you. And yet in some Sutras, emptiness is called pure. This thread is to explore why. There is no benefit in getting stuck on a single definition of emptiness. The very next definition may (seemingly) completely contradict the previous one. Practically speaking you should just go with ...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?
Replies: 41
Views: 687

Re: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?

Many married monks in Japan and also I believe there is a sect in Korea where the monks can marry. They do not ordain under a vinaya that prohibits them from marriage. Japan is the main place where you will find monks that are married. It's common in the Zen tradition and others in Japan. If they a...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?
Replies: 41
Views: 687

Re: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?

Chanh Dao wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:04 am
I don't think that Mahayana having married monks is an issue at all.
According to which Vinaya do you base your opinion?
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?
Replies: 28
Views: 573

Re: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?

He writes: "Theravadins fail to appreciate that the doctrine of non-soul is an expedient means to help aspirants attain the Cosmic Soul or Nirvana, and not a rigid dogma claiming souls do not exist, just as the doctrine of suffering is an expedient means to help aspirants achieve eternal joy, not a...
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 70
Views: 1098

Re: emptiness is pure

Ok, but why is what is empty called pure? Surely it is beyond ideas of purity and impurity. The Heart Sutra: Listen Sariputra, all phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness; their true nature is the nature of no Birth no Death, no Being no Non-being, no Defilement no Purity, no Increasing no Decreasing....
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Age of Mahayana Schools
Replies: 188
Views: 3132

Re: Age of Mahayana Schools

Astus wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:50 am
The verbal instruction to directly see the nature of mind is found in both the Vajrayana and the Sutrayana (Mahamudra the Moonlight, p 181), so if there is a methodical difference, it is related to the example wisdom, but not the real one.
Are you saying here that Mahamudra is Sutrayana?
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: emptiness is pure
Replies: 70
Views: 1098

Re: emptiness is pure

akuppa wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:14 pm
But emptiness is said to be unconditioned in Mahayana, is it not?
Emptiness denotes a lack of intrinsic nature, a phenomenon is empty because it is dependently arisen.

Emptiness is not a noun, it is an adjective.

Emptiness is not a thing.
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?
Replies: 41
Views: 687

Re: Why is there no section about Mahayana Monastic life?

One thing I have noticed (especially over at DWT, since Theravada has a distinct emphasis on monasticism and the fact that the majority of the scriptures are teachings to monastics) is the number of people that think they can live and practice like monks (yes, monks, it seems to be a male thing), ev...
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?
Replies: 28
Views: 573

Re: Buddhism vs Hinduism

tkp67 wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:07 am
Could they be mistaking soul as this consciousness?
More likely somebody is mistaking consciousness for a soul.

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