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by Grigoris
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra
Replies: 63
Views: 1259

Re: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra

Crazywisdom wrote:Just give me the main point. That main point is simultaneity, on both sides.
^^^This^^^
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bronze vs Iron Phurba
Replies: 20
Views: 321

Re: Bronze vs Iron Phurba

No matter what material your phurba is made of, if you have not attained the siddhi of kilaya it is just a chunk of matter. Way to go (again) Malcolm, discouraging people from practice (again). What?!? Quite the opposite. Kirt The implication is that without sidhhi, the practice is useless. In my b...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bronze vs Iron Phurba
Replies: 20
Views: 321

Re: Bronze vs Iron Phurba

I would say that the ideal situation is to receive the empowerment in person and have the phurba blessed with all the substances etc. during that process. Otherwise, it is a bit like buying a car engine............and having no vehicle, fuel or satnav. Since ςwhen has it been necessary to have a sa...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Vatican calls on Catholics and Buddhists to promote nonviolence together
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Re: Vatican calls on Catholics and Buddhists to promote nonviolence together

Fortyeightvows wrote:Why wouldn't he call on Muslims to promote nonviolence? :rolling:
Or even Protestants for that matter!
I can see why he wouldn't call on you...
by Grigoris
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bronze vs Iron Phurba
Replies: 20
Views: 321

Re: Bronze vs Iron Phurba

No matter what material your phurba is made of, if you have not attained the siddhi of kilaya it is just a chunk of matter. Way to go (again) Malcolm, discouraging people from practice (again). If you do not start out like any newb: from scratch, then how are you possibly meant to attain the siddhi...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Teachings of the previous buddhas
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Teachings of the previous buddhas

According to Buddha Shakyamuni the teachings he gave were not his anyway: "I monks saw the ancient way, the ancient path, that had been followed by the Perfect Buddhas of the past." SN ii 105 In effect the teachings of the past Buddhas are contained and preserved in the teachings of Shakya...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra
Replies: 63
Views: 1259

Re: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra

Let me be clear that I am not talking about expectations about the nature of the experience, but the effect of the experience itself on one's mind stream. There are a lot of people who have had such a glimpse, and then do not cultivate it. Those who do may experience some transformation of their ba...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bronze vs Iron Phurba
Replies: 20
Views: 321

Re: Bronze vs Iron Phurba

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. The end effect is basically the same (a gold-ish colour) and it is the colour that counts in the specific instance, as it is associated with the Ratna Buddha family in both instances.
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Vatican calls on Catholics and Buddhists to promote nonviolence together
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Re: Vatican calls on Catholics and Buddhists to promote nonviolence together

shaunc wrote:While not disagreeing in any way with the spirit of the letter, I can't help but wonder under what authority the Vatican could call on buddhists to do anything.
To "call on" is to request. Anybody can request anything from anybody. If the request is fulfilled or not is another question.
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bronze vs Iron Phurba
Replies: 20
Views: 321

Re: Bronze vs Iron Phurba

Is there a difference in the energy and function? Bronze is for multiplying/increasing in order to overcome obstacles, iron is for wrathfully overcoming them. Silver and crystal is for peacefully overcoming obstacles and copper is for magnetising. Bone/horn is also for wrathful. A wooden phurba mad...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra
Replies: 63
Views: 1259

Re: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra

conebeckham wrote:He didn't say it has no effect on one's mental state. He said there are perhaps no "tangible results," ...
I fail to see the distinction. One's mental state tends to govern one's existence.
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra
Replies: 63
Views: 1259

Re: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra

That's the thing, A moment is just a moment. As a psychologist I deal on a daily basis with people who's entire life and mental well-being has been destroyed by a single traumatic moment and yet you are asking me to believe that a single momentary glimpse of one's true nature cannot "permanent...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra
Replies: 63
Views: 1259

Re: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra

For example, you have said you cannot deal with DC people, you think they are jerks. "Knob ends" was the term that I used and I did not say all of them are knob ends, I said that the vast majority of those I have met are knob ends... But this may very well be due to my karma too. ChNN say...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra
Replies: 63
Views: 1259

Re: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra

One would expect that a glimpse of the true nature of mind should/would have some pretty "tangible" results. This kind of expectation gets students into a lot of trouble. Taking a dump has an effect on one's mental state, and you expect me to believe that seeing one's true nature (the tra...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra
Replies: 63
Views: 1259

Re: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra

Personally, I think that his questions are quite logical. One would expect some sort of shift/change if one is practicing or has had a glimpse of the nature of mind. Even with a "lower" practice such as vipassana there are some radical insights leading to quite startling results (the exper...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Loppon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche European Teaching Tour 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 748

Re: Loppon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche European Teaching Tour 2017

A small change of schedule for the July 11th – July 19th – Warszawa, Poland seminar.

Rinpoche will give the empowerment of his mind treasure of Kali Nagmo instead of Mahadeva.

Needless to say: I AM STOKED!!! :woohoo:
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice
Replies: 223
Views: 7140

Re: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice

Anonymous X wrote:Do you also think that the Avatamsaka Sutra is confused?
Do you think that phenomena are void? Do you think that phenomena have one nature and mind has another? Do you think that phenomena and mind are somehow seperate?
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice
Replies: 223
Views: 7140

Re: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice

Anonymous X wrote:Phenomenon, your experience, is unreal, it is empty and void. Mind's nature is Knowing.
I think that this is where you are confused.
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice
Replies: 223
Views: 7140

Re: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice

My point is that having seen the true nature and realising that everything derives from this, then everything becomes a means to realisation. The true nature of obstacles is, after all, identical to the true nature of the solution to these obstacles. That is what the Mahamudra teachings on "on...
by Grigoris
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice
Replies: 223
Views: 7140

Re: Dzogchen Sadhana Practice

EVERYTHING gets in the way. Integration is all but easy, Greg. I don't disagree that integration is difficult. I don't disagree in the slightest. My point is that having seen the true nature and realising that everything derives from this, then everything becomes a means to realisation. The true na...

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