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by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blessing Images?
Replies: 6
Views: 182

Re: Blessing Images?

If you cannot get a blessed image by a lama then the one you made will suffice. Your practice will bless it until you can find a lama to do it.
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings
Replies: 28
Views: 658

Re: Pagan Deity Propitiation by Dharma Siblings

If you make offering to mundane deities you can reborn in their retinue. Something to avoid, we want to free from samsara. Brahma, god, bad spirits, good spirits, etc. Regarding mundane beings i would reccomend only make contact with beings who have and keep samaya, like local guardians. Who gave y...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3051

Re: New Rigpa letter

The post was pretty clear. If one does not have pure vision, don't call out others for their lack of pure vision. If one does, one is a hypocrite, it does not matter if one is a beginner or a high tulku. I made absolutely no assessment of any particular person's mental state. There, now even stupid...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3051

Re: New Rigpa letter

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:58 pm
Nope. Intelligent people will understand that I am not saying that, and stupid people are not my problem.
Oh, okay, I get it: anybody that misinterprets your post because of it's lack of clarity is stupid. :roll:
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3051

Re: New Rigpa letter

I find that as I get older, I tend to prefer apophatic practice; but certainly when I was younger in the Dharma, I was very enthusiastic about cataphatic practices (Greg, this is your cue to lecture me about misusing Greek words). I do like practicing Chö liturgies though. Well, Chö is a very phati...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3051

Re: New Rigpa letter

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:48 pm
I don't care.
You don't care if it sounds like you are calling SDR a hypocrite?
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 36
Views: 984

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

So you need to put yourself in their place, and see how things feel from their point of view, and frankly, stop being so unkind to them with your self-righteous denunciations. Just as you cannot prove the validity of your tradition, you also cannot prove their tradition is false. You taking a cut o...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3051

Re: New Rigpa letter

More to the point, if one has to train in pure vision one is afflicted. If one is afflicted, one's vision is not pure. One's vision will not become pure by imagining that one is a buddha in the middle of a palace surrounded by gods, goddesses, and so on. It will not become pure by imagining one's g...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3051

Re: New Rigpa letter

If one”s own vision of all phenomena is not pure in every way, tellling other people to practice pure vision is pure hypocrisy, whether or not one is a teacher. I'm sorry, but did you just call Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche a hypocrite? Of course not. Well then, you should be careful with how you comment,...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3353

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

This is why, I think, the language ChNN uses around vows as an appropriate limitation for a Hinayana practitioner might not be appropriately applied in this context. ChNN (long life to him) is a particular teacher, in a specific lineage, with a certain view. Now while his views may be of tantamount...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 36
Views: 984

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

So you need to put yourself in their place, and see how things feel from their point of view, and frankly, stop being so unkind to them with your self-righteous denunciations. Just as you cannot prove the validity of your tradition, you also cannot prove their tradition is false. You taking a cut o...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3353

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

DGA wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:04 pm
or is it an empowerment (with samaya to observe)?
^^^This^^^ in the Dudjom Tersar.
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3353

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Mantrik wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Of course defining yourself by a narrow set of criteria is a limitation. Taking vows is a limitation.
Hello! Vows in Vajrayana are liberatory. Remember?
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3353

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Mantrik wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:48 am
I don't know, but I'm guessing ChNN doesn't use the Ngakpa label for his followers because it immediately creates limitations. Perhaps that's best.
Limitations??? Anyway, I guess you should just follow your teacher's advice and I should follow mine and that way we will all be happy.
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What it means to be a ngakpa
Replies: 181
Views: 3353

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

Latin chanting? Lol :tongue: I've been to Portuguese Catholic masses and never have I heard chanting in Latin... Robes, Saints and candles though yes, and many of them. That is because you are too young. Originally the mass was chanted in Latin in all countries, if I remember correctly it was only ...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for Aurelia
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Prayer for Aurelia

May all beings suffering from distress leading to self-destruction be liberated from their pain, by whatever means are necessary.
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for Aurelia
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Prayer for Aurelia

Neither you, nor I am dying soon (at least with this kind of certain foreknowledge.) I really feel bad for this girl, and yea.. she is a girl, she's 28, and she is going to give up on life. I wish I could speak to her before she did this, and relate to her my own experiences with the same issues. I...
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3051

Re: New Rigpa letter

If one”s own vision of all phenomena is not pure in every way, tellling other people to practice pure vision is pure hypocrisy, whether or not one is a teacher. I'm sorry, but did you just call Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche a hypocrite? Are you saying that only a Buddha can practice pure vision? Surely on...
by Grigoris
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: The Aro Authenticity Debate.
Replies: 36
Views: 984

Re: What it means to be a ngakpa

:D Come on Malcolm. Ok, just for a sport of it, I have one name for you: Aro Khyungchen Lingma - the originator of the terma, a lady who apparently lived in Tibet of Chogyam's imagination, in other words there is no lineage to this stuff. If you have doubts that Chogyam is teaching a load of BS, ch...
by Grigoris
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New Rigpa letter
Replies: 110
Views: 3051

Re: New Rigpa letter

Are we? No, we aren't. If you don't expose and remove dry rot, then your whole edifice collapses. If you expose it and remove it, the strength is retained and you can build on it. Again I agree. But what I see happening is that every time a teacher mentions the Vajrayana practice of pure vision... ...