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by Grigoris
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Sam Harris: The Happiness Experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Sam Harris: The Happiness Experiment

David N. Snyder wrote:But he says it so much more eloquently. :tongue:
I think these guys say it a lot more eloquently...

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by Grigoris
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Looking for commentaries on "Wheel of Sharp Weapons"
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Looking for commentaries on "Wheel of Sharp Weapons"

Check youtube as well. There are some good oral commentaries there too.
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

It all comes down to awareness of Nature of Mind, and of how all experience is a reflection of that--not the best words, but this is an impossible task to put this into words anyway--everybody says so!---in a sense, it's just seeing what has always been there in a new way, an illuminated way. Where...
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Sam Harris: The Happiness Experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Sam Harris: The Happiness Experiment

He's not really saying anything that mystics of all pedigrees haven't been saying since mystics existed.
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?
Replies: 41
Views: 619

Re: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?

Things like solar panels, D.i.Y wind turbines, batteries for storage and good permaculture know how mean that living off grid is as realistic as you're willing to commit to the lifestyle changes. There's a bunch ofp stuff on YouTube. Both traditional homesteads and more modernized approaches. Pardo...
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

I don't really disagree with your statements. As it's hard to describe what happens when the nature of mind is 'seen', the ensuing 'change of state' also 'sees' the 'not twoness' (nondual) nature of the ordinary mind and its activity. That ordinary mind does not become 'enlightened mind' as some ma...
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yaksha vs Rakshasa and the identity of Vaisravana
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Yaksha vs Rakshasa and the identity of Vaisravana

Vaisravana is the brother of Ravana the king of Sri Lanka who had his ass whipped by Hanuman and Rama. Ravana is the king of the Rakshasa demons (those damn Sri Lankans). I guess that makes his brother Vaisravana a Rakshasa too. On the other hand though: Ravana is also recognised as a great Tantric ...
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

I don't think the contents of conventional mental activity are the same as Nature of Mind, but I do think the Nature of Mind is primordially inseparable from the nature of conventional mental activity. Jello is not gelatine but you cannot have jello without gelatine? I also don't think there is &qu...
by Grigoris
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

I don't really disagree with your statements. As it's hard to describe what happens when the nature of mind is 'seen', the ensuing 'change of state' also 'sees' the 'not twoness' (nondual) nature of the ordinary mind and its activity. That ordinary mind does not become 'enlightened mind' as some ma...
by Grigoris
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

Of course the nature of all these contents are empty, as well, and all mental activity arises in the space of the Nature of Mind. But the Nature of Mind is differentiated from the contents of mental activity, conventionally, is it not? WARNING! YOU ARE ABOUT TO HEAR THE IGNORANT OPINION OF A DUMBAS...
by Grigoris
Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?
Replies: 41
Views: 619

Re: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?

I think that "the egg" is a failed attempt to combine the convenience of an inner city lifestyle and aesthetic, with off-grid living. Consider that they seem to be selling the idea that the fracker produces water out of thin air. It doesn't. It has water collection capacity. So if you are ...
by Grigoris
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

Nowhere in the upadesha, nor in any of the quotes I have provided in this thread, does anyone suggest "conventional mind" to equate with primordial awareness. Whoa there cowboy! Are you suggesting that the nature of conventional mind is not emptiness? Are you saying that conventional mind...
by Grigoris
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

First you say this: Our mind is obscured and we perceive all phenomena as inherently existent including the mind. Then you say this: If you don't meditate on emptiness you cannot remove dualistic appearance... The method to cause emptiness to appear is the syllogistic reasoning that Malcolm doesn't ...
by Grigoris
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?
Replies: 41
Views: 619

Re: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?

Technology can help in living off the grid, if you don't mind living in an egg. http://media.treehugger.com/assets/images/2015/05/eco-capsule.jpg.662x0_q70_crop-scale.jpg https://www.ecocapsule.sk A tempting gizmo, but as their FAQ says: The Ecocapsule is designed for extended off-grid living for u...
by Grigoris
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

PuerAzaelis wrote:I'd rather not have smelly tsoks.
What if they smell of freshly cooked meat and strong alcohol? ;)
by Grigoris
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

At that time again Mahamati the Bodhisattva-Mahasattva made a request of the Blessed One. Tell me, Blessed One, how all things are empty, unborn, non-dual, and have no self-nature, so that I and other Bodhisattva-Mahasattvas might be awakened in the teaching of emptiness, no-birth, non-duality, and...
by Grigoris
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

Tsongkhapafan wrote:It's talking about meditating on the mind. This is not the ultimate.
Everything is the ultimate dummy, everything is just Dharmakaya.

Do you practice Tsok in your fun-filled gang?

What is the purpose of Tsok (apart from renewing samaya)?
by Grigoris
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?
Replies: 184
Views: 2803

Re: Mahamudra or Dzogchen without tantric empowerment?

But the truth is emptiness and that is not realised by meditating on conventional phenomena such as the nature of the mind. WRONG! What is the nature of mind? If you meditate on the nature of mind, what will you see? I'll tell you what you will see! Your beloved fetish: Emptiness. The whole point o...

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