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by Grigoris
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

Is another way to look at it that in Mahayana, there are teachings of buddha-nature whereas in Hinayana, there are not? Unless I'm very mistaken. I fail to see how my way of thinking and Tathagatagarbha are mutually exclusive. Actually it would seem the complete opposite: Because one has Tathagatag...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

...about how "liberal" westerners and their neuroses can't get past this or that... Is it really nonsense? Coz it seems to me we "can't get past this or that". Seems to me we have been discussing this in never ending circles since it happened but not really proposing anything intelligent apart from...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?
Replies: 52
Views: 746

Re: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?

Let's get real and name the problem: powerful men abuse their position to solicit/force/coerce/rape/ sex with women Nope. It's not about men or women, it is about the abuse of power. Right now we happen to have patriarchy, so currently it is about men with power. But it is not about men per se thou...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:15 pm
This is the Hinayāna view of buddhahood.
Well, right now I prefer to uphold a Hinayana view and maintain my sanity, then pretend to understand something which makes no sense at all to me.
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

Mandalas are just the Akaniṣṭha Ghanavyuha realm. So yes, if you are not a Vajrayāna practitioner, you are never going to attain Buddhahood in this life. So we are humans on the periphery of Akanistha training to be Buddhas in order to manifest as beings, that are pretending to become enlightened, ...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?
Replies: 52
Views: 746

Re: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?

An odd kind of piety: The truth about Gandhi's sex life With religious chastity under scrutiny, a new book throws light on Gandhi's practice of sleeping next to naked girls. In fact, he was sex-mad, writes biographer Jad Adams. It was no secret that Mohandas Gandhi had an unusual sex life. He spoke...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

The Buddha displayed awakening under the bodhitree, but in actuality, buddhahood is achieved in Akaniṣṭha Ghanavyuha according to Mahāyāna sūtra. And in the case of Śākyamuni, eons and eons ago. In which case we cannot achieve Buddhahood in this lifetime since we are human beings and are not born i...
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:25 pm
No buddha is human. It is a contradiction in terms.
Not even up to the point of his Parinirvana?
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 60
Views: 1629

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

liuzg150181 wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:39 am
Went to the empowerment,very inspired and touched by his teachings...
I rejoice in your merit! May your practice be the source of enlightenment for all sentient beings!
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

If you have to pretend to see your guru as a Buddha, you already have failed to see them as a Buddha. Therefore, you have no choice but to see them as an ordinary person, since in fact you do see them as an ordinary person. So let's not kid ourselves here. Most of us perceive our teachers to be no ...
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

In the context of his response to the Sogyal debacle (which, tbh, I found much more off-putting) it is a mess. He is trying to eat his cake and have it at the same time. The Sogyal letter was along the lines of "your guru-qua-guru is a Buddha, that is all you need to know (and if you disregard it, ...
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

It’s just unfortunate DJKR is highlighting that in the context of these scenarios. I disagree. If you don't apply it in these scenarios, where do you apply it? I remember one time when a teacher had died of an illness, I mentioned something about the unavoidable mechanism of karma (my statement was...
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 39
Views: 842

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

They say Go requires intuition and creativity... The creativity and intuition required for Go is based on a finite set of specific positions and moves of the pieces. A computer can just crunch the numbers and make a prediction based on this large, yet finite, set thus simulating what appears to be ...
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 616

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

For example, there was a conflict between the terton Nyima Drakpa and the Yonge Terton, Mingyur Dorje. To this day many Nyingmapas will not receive the transmission of any of Yonge Mingyur Dorje treasures. Likewise, many Kagyus avoid the transmission of Nyima Drakpa's transmission of the Karling Zh...
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 616

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

For example, there was a conflict between the terton Nyima Drakpa and the Yonge Terton, Mingyur Dorje. To this day many Nyingmapas will not receive the transmission of any of Yonge Mingyur Dorje treasures. Likewise, many Kagyus avoid the transmission of Nyima Drakpa's transmission of the Karling Zh...
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 39
Views: 842

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
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 121
Views: 2347

Re: The DJKR Topic

Personally I thought the humor was in bad taste, but that he made some valid points.
by Grigoris
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Different pronunciation of column 3 of consonants
Replies: 5
Views: 320

Re: Different pronunciation of column 3 of consonants

In trying to learn the alphabet I've come across a split in the way the letters in the third column (the low tone, aspirated letters) of the alphabet are pronounced. The sources I'm using are all courses teaching Central/Standard Tibetan. For example: ག seems to be pronounced either the same as ཁ, ...
by Grigoris
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 46
Views: 1176

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...