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by Grigoris
Mon May 21, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Karma and Concussions
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Karma and Concussions

I know that Kung-Fu was developed as a non-violent means of fending off government military attacks on monastic communities in ancient China. You are thinking of Wing Chung. And we all now how well that worked since government forces knew Kung-Fu AND were armed to the teeth too. The Shaolin monaste...
by Grigoris
Mon May 21, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Cayenne Tea
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: Cayenne Tea

I used to do cayenne tea but the addiction grew to the point where the tea was not enough and I would secretly buy canisters of capsaicin based tear gas and snort it. The burn marks under my nostrils was a giveaway, so I had to come clean one day, admit my addiction and go into rehab. Don't people e...
by Grigoris
Sun May 20, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Barche Lamsel Visualization?
Replies: 21
Views: 359

Re: Barche Lamsel Visualization?

Does anyone know of a thangka corresponding with the visualization of the 8 forms of Padmasambhava described in this text: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/chokgyur-dechen-lingpa/barche-lamsel And which is which? Thanks! The prayer correspond with Mandala of Tukdrub Barche Kunsel: http:/...
by Grigoris
Sun May 20, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?
Replies: 282
Views: 6441

Re: Quote by ChNNR about Dzogchen and God - where is it from?

Thread cleaned up. The next off-topic post will draw the author a suspension.

Don't waste my time people
by Grigoris
Sun May 20, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 569
Views: 21540

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I dunno, Greg. I mean, it seems like countries with greater gun constraints also have more constraints on other things, too. Aussies have more constraints on both guns and on the internet, for example. I think that essentially equals less freedom. Children scared of being shot dead while trying to ...
by Grigoris
Sat May 19, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 569
Views: 21540

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

One school shooting is already one school shooting too many as far as I am concerned. Some here may be happy to give some leeway and say that it is okay for one school shooting a month, for example, but I really fail to see the logic behind this thinking. And it is not just a case of instituting buy...
by Grigoris
Sat May 19, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 902

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

That might be true if we humans were rational beings, but we’re not. A person may fully know that a myth is symbolic and not literal, and nevertheless it may effect them in unexpected ways. Take Seeker’s apparent belief that zen masters are ninjas or whatever. Seems innocent enough, yet it may indi...
by Grigoris
Sat May 19, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 902

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

The word mystical (μυστικό) is just the Greek word for "secret". BUT it's root is from the Ancient Greek Μυώ or μυεώ which means to initiate or "to teach secrets to". Secrets here can also refer to "tricks of the trade".
by Grigoris
Sat May 19, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 902

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

myth-making abounds. What's wrong with myths? Myth can lack substance, and when that happens it's time to "Burn baby burn! - Burn that mother down" After all, if a tradition lacks efficacy then what good is it. A myth is only a problem for those that fail to delineate between the symbolic and the l...
by Grigoris
Fri May 18, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 39
Views: 902

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

boda wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 9:29 pm
myth-making abounds.
What's wrong with myths?
by Grigoris
Fri May 18, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 917

Re: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha

Malcolm wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:38 pm
Nice joke.
Ye of little faith!
by Grigoris
Fri May 18, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha
Replies: 40
Views: 917

Re: Dzogchen Practitioner to Amitabha-like Buddha

Malcolm wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 11:53 am
dzogchungpa wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 2:38 am
Motova wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:06 am
How long would it take a Dzogchen practitioner to make a Pure Land better than Buddha Amitabha's?

Thanks.

Finally, a truly practice-related question.
Another dzogchungpa (tm) putdown.
I do believe that, for once, he is being serious.
by Grigoris
Fri May 18, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hot vs. Cold Hells
Replies: 21
Views: 488

Re: Hot vs. Cold Hells

Some people, when angered, start to jump up and down, scream, throw things around, etc...

Some people, when angered, become reticent, closed, distant, unexpressive, etc...
by Grigoris
Thu May 17, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hot vs. Cold Hells
Replies: 21
Views: 488

Re: Hot vs. Cold Hells

Tiago Simões wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:42 pm
Fortyeightvows wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:09 pm
Thats right, things like neglecting one's parents, adultery,etc lead to cold hells. Also theft, prostitution, nude modeling, etc.
Nude modeling?
Damn! I was considering it as a career path! :tongue:
by Grigoris
Wed May 16, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reasonable things to tattoo
Replies: 23
Views: 523

Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

amanitamusc wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:09 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 3:09 pm
amanitamusc wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:48 am
Can we see?

tattoo.jpg
Nice! It has a certain Thai look to it on the top?
Yes. Initially I was going to do "ye dharma" in Pali script but then I thought to add the sanskrit alphabet so I did them both in sanskrit with the Thai symbols of liberation above the text.
by Grigoris
Wed May 16, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reasonable things to tattoo
Replies: 23
Views: 523

Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

amanitamusc wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:48 am
Can we see?
tattoo.jpg
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by Grigoris
Tue May 15, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reasonable things to tattoo
Replies: 23
Views: 523

Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

Tiago Simões wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 10:41 am
I wonder how much, dislike of dharma related tattoos, is doctrinal and how much is cultural...
Thai, Cambodian and Laotian people have a Dharma tattoo tradition.
by Grigoris
Mon May 14, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Reasonable things to tattoo
Replies: 23
Views: 523

Re: Reasonable things to tattoo

I just had a tattoo of the Sanskrit alphabet and "ye dharma..." done. They are the sound and essence of all the Buddhas teachings and not "secret" so...
by Grigoris
Mon May 14, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 778

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

... the consequences of the action will depend on the motivation for the action: anger, jealousy, pride, desire, etc... Would you venture a guess if the person committed suicide due to a severe psychotic episode? This happened to my cousin who was living at a dharma center with his guru and a few o...
by Grigoris
Mon May 14, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition
Replies: 31
Views: 778

Re: Karmic consequences of suicide in the tibetan tradition

AlexanderS wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 1:08 pm
For people who find their life intolerable? Depression, illness etc.
I meant that the consequences of the action will depend on the motivation for the action: anger, jealousy, pride, desire, etc...