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by Grigoris
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tricycle : Ancestors : Bidia Dandaron
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: Tricycle : Ancestors : Bidia Dandaron

PS Inspiring article!
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tricycle : Ancestors : Bidia Dandaron
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: Tricycle : Ancestors : Bidia Dandaron

Lama Tsydenov was one of the Buryat delegates who went to the enthronement ceremony of Tsar Nicholas II. It is said that he was the only person attending the ceremony who refused to bow down in front of the Tsar, reasoning that doing so would be against the Vinaya. When being told that all the othe...
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 10
Views: 479

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Marc wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 12:20 pm
I personnally find Ajahn Thanissaro Bikkhu's point of view (though Theravadin) quite compelling:
That is what is known as a Hinayana approach: ie the motivation to guarantee one's personal liberation, leads one to not take actions that could well reduce current suffering.
by Grigoris
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 10
Views: 479

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Don't you love Judaeo-Christian guilt conditioning? Gets you every time!
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 45
Views: 635

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:37 pm
None of us wants that.
Speak for yourself!
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charnel grounds
Replies: 10
Views: 304

Re: Charnel grounds

Doesn’t their practice somehow is a bit similar with Tibetan yogis? ( eg. everything is inherently pure, natural state - no fear or disgust ) ... I sometimes wonder if they can be liberated like this? I think at least some of them might have attained some realization akin to that of an accomplished...
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rishi Stars?
Replies: 32
Views: 499

Re: Rishi Stars?

Crazywisdom wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:38 pm
Well Isn’t it a relief to know you can be purified millions of times?
Or not be purified millions of times.
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 38
Views: 669

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

Quit the ad homs people or I will be forced to shut it down.

Especially given the author is not here to defend themselves.
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Teaching gift
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Teaching gift

I recently finished a weekend course with a traveling Geshe . The retreat attended on the basis of registration , including a fee (that I assume helped cover venue hire, lunch etc.) . At the end of the course everyone lined up with Khaita and gifts to present . Now being somewhat new to the formal ...
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charnel grounds
Replies: 10
Views: 304

Re: Charnel grounds

MatthewAngby wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:14 am
Doesn’t their practice somehow is a bit similar with Tibetan yogis? ( eg. everything is inherently pure, natural state - no fear or disgust ) ... I sometimes wonder if they can be liberated like this?
Unfortunately, for them, they have an eternalist view, so...
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rishi Stars?
Replies: 32
Views: 499

Re: Rishi Stars?

kirtu wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:22 am
At any rate, for people who do it, it's another method for purification and merit creation.
I am sure it is. :smile: I am also sure I will put out a bucket just to be on the safe side.
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 38
Views: 669

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

But you're deciding the water is pure before you drink it. There are all sorts of weird ideas going around about what constitutes "pure". Take Jayarava's idea that the Heart Sutra is "impure" because of it's source. One time I was out in the countryside with my (city slicker) girlfriend and she was...
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rishi Stars?
Replies: 32
Views: 499

Re: Rishi Stars?

It's not clear what you are referring to. The practice of the rishi stars is a form of upaya. The Dhammapada quote is a teaching that one needs to not neglect even slight meritorious practice as one accumulates merit slowly over time (and this fact is a major reason for Tibetan Buddhist methods sin...
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 38
Views: 669

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

I would have thought my point was blindingly obvious. When drinking water one considers the source. If the water is pure, I don't really care what the source is. Differing standards have been applied over time to determine what is and isn't Buddhavacana My standard is the adherence of the teaching ...
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rishi Stars?
Replies: 32
Views: 499

Re: Rishi Stars?

All the waters in the world have been touched by the light of these stars countless times over, and yet, here we are. Think lightly not of goodness, ‘It will not come to me’, for by the falling of water drops a water jar is filled. The sage with goodness fills himself, he soaks up little by little....
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rishi Stars?
Replies: 32
Views: 499

Re: Rishi Stars?

All the waters in the world have been touched by the light of these stars countless times over, and yet, here we are.
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 38
Views: 669

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

To give an absurd example. Suppose someone excavating in Sarnath comes across a sealed container dating back over two thousand years with a complete set of the prajnaparamita sutras inside. We would be very interested in that. Then suppose Omarosa’s book contains a version of a new sutra that she s...
by Grigoris
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 60
Views: 1884

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:59 pm
Nice. “May the dharmakaya appear as anything possible in the whole universe.”
You don't have to wish that...

The "correct" wish would be: May we recognise that "the dharmakaya appear[s] as anything possible in the whole universe."
by Grigoris
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 38
Views: 669

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

PeterC wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:21 pm
Well, yes, but that doesn't mean we don't care where teachings come from, or that we have no criteria for deciding whether something is or isn't the dharma.
If it satisfies the Four Dharma Seals then why should I give a crap where it came from and who said/wrote it?

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