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by Grigoris
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva Rhetoric?
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: Bodhisattva Rhetoric?

Basically a Bodhisattva willingly engages in actions that relieve the suffering of other beings, but generates the causes and conditions for their own rebirth in samasra (mainly because they may engage in actions which are contrary to the teachings in the Noble Eightfold Path). What you are not unde...
by Grigoris
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Will america reelect a wanna be dictator
Replies: 9
Views: 214

Re: Will america reelect a wanna be dictator

tingdzin wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:13 am
...and not a member of the economic elite, they (and we) have a chance.
Trump is not a member of the U$ economic elite???
by Grigoris
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Naga Offering
Replies: 9
Views: 270

Re: Naga Offering

Unfortunately the whole practice is just the dharani in English transliteration , with no title and the advice to add on all the standard prayers before and after.
by Grigoris
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 30
Views: 253

Re: Chan Texts: Translations & Studies

[talking about someone else's position] the Zen doctrine is no doctrine, which is still a doctrine. Is no doctrine a doctrine? "What are your doctrines." "None. We don't have any." "Is that doctrine?" "No." Yes, mainly because it goes a lot further than that. There is a whole explanation as to why ...
by Grigoris
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 30
Views: 253

Re: Chan Texts: Translations & Studies

Really? There is nothing grasping or identifying about setting the record straight as to how Zen is actually traditionally taught. It is people who want Zen to follow their ideals and thus misrepresent it who have that problem. I am far from free of the three poisons, but that is manifest in other ...
by Grigoris
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community Naga Rite
Replies: 20
Views: 1559

Re: Dzogchen Community Naga Rite

Does the DC practice have a torma?
by Grigoris
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

One may ask: What are the criteria for rating the teachers? To which the reply would be: whatever pleases the blog owner (or fulfills his agenda). Especially given: Where I'm Coming From First off, and most important i suppose, my religious history. I was raised as rather an agnostic Canadian, with ...
by Grigoris
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 30
Views: 253

Re: Chan Texts: Translations & Studies

Does Zen follow the Four Noble Truths? If so what texts do they get it from? Classically, Zen does not "follow" or posit any doctrines. Except maybe that it doesn't follow any doctrines. "A separate transmission outside the teachings, not establishing words and letters, pointing directly at the hum...
by Grigoris
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2452

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

People. I think we have solved the "preliminaries" issue. It is off-topic anyway, so back to the topic please.

:focus:
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 123
Views: 2206

Re: TRUCK FUMP

yeah i get that ..it's a whole other reality for countries that are smaller population and resources compared to countries with infinite resources and money...Canada has a population of 36 and 1/2 million...America is325.7 million...greece 10.75....greece is really doing over and beyound what is ex...
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TRUCK FUMP
Replies: 123
Views: 2206

Re: TRUCK FUMP

Here is one that is a poke in the eye and a kick in the ass for republicans. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/laura-bush-separating-children-from-their-parents-at-the-border-breaks-my-heart/2018/06/17/f2df517a-7287-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.42ac57dc2c73 that m...
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2452

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

Let's get back to the topic please.
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Naga Offering
Replies: 9
Views: 270

Re: Naga Offering

No takers at all?
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2452

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

Someone kindly pointed me to the following text, explaining the different vehicles viewed from a Dzogchen perspective: The Art of Nakedness: Bearing it all for the single nature of mind, a look at Buddhist salvation (written by Omega Point). Who is omega point? What is his (I am sure it is a "he") ...
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2452

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

They are usually a preliminary to main practice in a Sadhana. When I received the lung for "Buddhahood Without Meditation" from LOTR it came with a pledge (samaya) to do 1,200,000 Vajra Guru mantra. So... It seems that preliminaries come even for reading texts, if the teacher believes that it is im...
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2452

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

Well my teacher, Loppon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche, gives DI, fourth empowerment, preliminaries, sadhana, you name it.

Actually, come to think of it, he is a big fan of preliminaries and supporting practices for the realisation of Dzogchen.
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

You know it is wrong, when Osho and Krishnamurti get a top rating.
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2452

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

No. I need a lineage holder. You are not going to find one around here, although Malcolm is authorised and you treated him with complete disrespect (and a slew of teachers too). That sort of attitude will lead your path in the completely opposite direction of a lineage holder. Causes and conditions...
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2452

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

Someone kindly pointed me to the following text, explaining the different vehicles viewed from a Dzogchen perspective: The Art of Nakedness: Bearing it all for the single nature of mind, a look at Buddhist salvation (written by Omega Point). Who is omega point? What is his (I am sure it is a "he") ...
by Grigoris
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?
Replies: 118
Views: 2452

Re: Thoughts on Dzogchen without buddhism?

Simon E. wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:17 am
I did ngondro. It had real benefits. But did not prepare me in any way for D.I.
You don't feel that Guru Yoga opened you up to the possibility that your teacher's enlightened nature is identical to your own? That you teacher can act as a catalyst for you to recognise your enlightened nature?

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