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by Grigoris
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 38
Views: 896

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

The Buddha clearly discusses this, in among other places, the (inconvenient) Eastern Gatehouse Sutta. Thanks for the heads-up! For those that want to read the Pubbakotthaka Sutta (Eastern Gatehouse Sutta): https://studybuddhism.com/en/tibetan-buddhism/original-texts/sutra-texts/wheel-of-sharp-weapo...
by Grigoris
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 37
Views: 823

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

jmlee369 wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:01 am
It's also worth noting that most of the translated material that's available covers the solitary hero form of Yamantaka rather than 13-deity Yamantaka.
https://studybuddhism.com/en/tibetan-bu ... rp-weapons
by Grigoris
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 32
Views: 673

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Why would we want to? Do we want smarter tools to help accomplish our goals or do we want to make politically outraged machines? I think we have more than enough politically outraged machines as it is. What you are failing to understand is that sometimes one needs an intense emotional reaction (out...
by Grigoris
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Low self esteem
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: Low self esteem

Hello there, what practice would you recommed for someone who has to deal with low self esteem? Would tara or chenrezig be okay? Recently I have been going through quite a rough time thanks to school and low finances that are even more depleted by my dentist and etc. I try to deal with it, but low ...
by Grigoris
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does front deity visualization work on?
Replies: 11
Views: 282

Re: What does front deity visualization work on?

Empowerment is a form of introduction. I f you walk into a large room full of people and want to meet a certain person, you can go to the effort of stumbling around the room introducing yourself to everybody in the hope you bump into the right person. Some people may be happy to see, others will be ...
by Grigoris
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9384

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Some schools? Which schools? Can you name some for me? Not really, no. "Some Zen schools" is the best I can do... The east asian schools generally refer to the Amalavijnana in this context, not the Alayavijnana. Thank you for the correction. The important issue though is (regardless of the name) th...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 509

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

Okay, so as I've been researching, jellyfish have no mind and are simply there in the ocean, freely moving anywhere. They have no desires and clinging in samsara, yet they still live. Wouldn't this mean that they are enlightened? The Buddha reached enlightenment and still lived on, so wouldn't the ...
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ha Ri Ni Sa
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Ha Ri Ni Sa

Since these syllables are linked to a yidam practice, wouldn't it be a good idea to ask your teacher?
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4454
Views: 376017

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Long life to your teacher!!!
Several weeks ago Chögyal Namkhai Norbu returned to Dzamling Gar to continue resting. Compared to this summer his general health conditions are greatly improved.
http://melong.com/chnn-health-update/
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Potala Palace to undergo large renovation
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Potala Palace to undergo large renovation

I like how the Chinese government considers the placement of surveillance systems as "renovation".
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 38
Views: 896

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

So I'm trying to understand how the different teachings relate to each other. I started with tientai's 5 periods but quickly realised that it wasn't historically accurate. Realizing that the Mahayana doctrines aren't the words of the literal Buddha but later innovations, I wonder what the real Budd...
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4364

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Well, I for one definitely want to take away all of their semi-automatic weapons. They can keep their single shots, flintlocks, and even winchesters. What about their blunderbusses, should they be allowed to keep those? I mean they are pretty easily concealable tucked away in one's waistcoat, under...
by Grigoris
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: No self (and no non-self)
Replies: 34
Views: 426

Re: No self (and no non-self)

Madhyamaka points out what is a wrong view, it actually does not expound a view, since the view is beyond dualistic reasoning. and thus cannot be expounded.
by Grigoris
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Authentic?
Replies: 140
Views: 2518

Re: Authentic?

Tenma wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:39 pm
How is it not? This is factual biology. Unless you wish to argue against this physical evidence, I advice not to. Especially as this is a simplified explanation of why people have illnesses.
Identical twins have identical genetic codes.
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Authentic?
Replies: 140
Views: 2518

Re: Authentic?

I'm sure you've read countless stories where masters have received both abstract and very tangible help and assistance from Bodhisatvvas, Deities, Guardians, Dakinis, Dakas etc. Would you say that all of those are 'internally' generated? Yes. I would say that they are glimpses of our enlightened na...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Authentic?
Replies: 140
Views: 2518

Re: Authentic?

Bacteria and germs. That is one source, yes. Let's say we focus on this source for now to make things easier. So why do bacteria and germs infect and kill some people and not others? Even when the people are living in the same space. By immunization and genetics. Simple as that. Some have weaker im...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: are all troma nagmo sadhana's chod sadhanas?
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: are all troma nagmo sadhana's chod sadhanas?

dzogchungpa wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:29 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:51 am
dzogchungpa wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:54 am
Well, this one isn't.
How can you tell? I can't see shit! :smile:

Well, I actually have it in my possession. :smile:
And it is not a chod text?
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 32
Views: 673

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Emotions, the randomising effect on logic, are a positive evolutionary trait because they allow for reactions that may appear illogical, but ultimately may lead to survival. It is because of this ability to randomise that humans have been able to survive, because of the ability to innovate. A compu...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 32
Views: 673

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

This may be on the borders of being off topic, but I caught up with the original Blade-Runner the other day in anticipation of catching the new one soon and it made me think about the ethical dimensions of how an A.I should be treated by humans if the A.I being/robot/replicant truly believed it's s...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Authentic?
Replies: 140
Views: 2518

Re: Authentic?

While that's true on one level, you can't discount the fact that different Buddhas,Bodhisattvas, vidyadharas, Dakinis and dakas alao possess a mental continuum that is distinct from our own. Own and other is not something that is entertained by Buddhas, let alone manifested by them. Whatever happen...