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by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 24
Views: 574

Re: The DJKR Topic

If you have to pretend to see your guru as a Buddha, you already have failed to see them as a Buddha. Therefore, you have no choice but to see them as an ordinary person, since in fact you do see them as an ordinary person. So let's not kid ourselves here. Most of us perceive our teachers to be no ...
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 24
Views: 574

Re: The DJKR Topic

In the context of his response to the Sogyal debacle (which, tbh, I found much more off-putting) it is a mess. He is trying to eat his cake and have it at the same time. The Sogyal letter was along the lines of "your guru-qua-guru is a Buddha, that is all you need to know (and if you disregard it, ...
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 24
Views: 574

Re: The DJKR Topic

It’s just unfortunate DJKR is highlighting that in the context of these scenarios. I disagree. If you don't apply it in these scenarios, where do you apply it? I remember one time when a teacher had died of an illness, I mentioned something about the unavoidable mechanism of karma (my statement was...
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 37
Views: 793

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

They say Go requires intuition and creativity... The creativity and intuition required for Go is based on a finite set of specific positions and moves of the pieces. A computer can just crunch the numbers and make a prediction based on this large, yet finite, set thus simulating what appears to be ...
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 543

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

For example, there was a conflict between the terton Nyima Drakpa and the Yonge Terton, Mingyur Dorje. To this day many Nyingmapas will not receive the transmission of any of Yonge Mingyur Dorje treasures. Likewise, many Kagyus avoid the transmission of Nyima Drakpa's transmission of the Karling Zh...
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?
Replies: 19
Views: 543

Re: Faults of the teacher - what does and what doesn't contaminate the transmission?

For example, there was a conflict between the terton Nyima Drakpa and the Yonge Terton, Mingyur Dorje. To this day many Nyingmapas will not receive the transmission of any of Yonge Mingyur Dorje treasures. Likewise, many Kagyus avoid the transmission of Nyima Drakpa's transmission of the Karling Zh...
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 37
Views: 793

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Why would we want to? Do we want smarter tools to help accomplish our goals or do we want to make politically outraged machines? I think we have more than enough politically outraged machines as it is. What you are failing to understand is that sometimes one needs an intense emotional reaction (out...
by Grigoris
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 24
Views: 574

Re: The DJKR Topic

Personally I thought the humor was in bad taste, but that he made some valid points.
by Grigoris
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Different pronunciation of column 3 of consonants
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Different pronunciation of column 3 of consonants

In trying to learn the alphabet I've come across a split in the way the letters in the third column (the low tone, aspirated letters) of the alphabet are pronounced. The sources I'm using are all courses teaching Central/Standard Tibetan. For example: ག seems to be pronounced either the same as ཁ, ...
by Grigoris
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 46
Views: 1127

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

The Buddha clearly discusses this, in among other places, the (inconvenient) Eastern Gatehouse Sutta. Thanks for the heads-up! For those that want to read the Pubbakotthaka Sutta (Eastern Gatehouse Sutta): https://studybuddhism.com/en/tibetan-buddhism/original-texts/sutra-texts/wheel-of-sharp-weapo...
by Grigoris
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment
Replies: 54
Views: 1423

Re: Advice need - pondering whether to receive Yamantaka empowerment

jmlee369 wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:01 am
It's also worth noting that most of the translated material that's available covers the solitary hero form of Yamantaka rather than 13-deity Yamantaka.
https://studybuddhism.com/en/tibetan-bu ... rp-weapons
by Grigoris
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?
Replies: 37
Views: 793

Re: Would advanced AI possess Buddha-nature?

Why would we want to? Do we want smarter tools to help accomplish our goals or do we want to make politically outraged machines? I think we have more than enough politically outraged machines as it is. What you are failing to understand is that sometimes one needs an intense emotional reaction (out...
by Grigoris
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Low self esteem
Replies: 8
Views: 223

Re: Low self esteem

Hello there, what practice would you recommed for someone who has to deal with low self esteem? Would tara or chenrezig be okay? Recently I have been going through quite a rough time thanks to school and low finances that are even more depleted by my dentist and etc. I try to deal with it, but low ...
by Grigoris
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What does front deity visualization work on?
Replies: 11
Views: 338

Re: What does front deity visualization work on?

Empowerment is a form of introduction. I f you walk into a large room full of people and want to meet a certain person, you can go to the effort of stumbling around the room introducing yourself to everybody in the hope you bump into the right person. Some people may be happy to see, others will be ...
by Grigoris
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra
Replies: 316
Views: 9557

Re: The Tantric Age: A comparison of Shaiva and Buddhist Tantra

Some schools? Which schools? Can you name some for me? Not really, no. "Some Zen schools" is the best I can do... The east asian schools generally refer to the Amalavijnana in this context, not the Alayavijnana. Thank you for the correction. The important issue though is (regardless of the name) th...
by Grigoris
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?
Replies: 28
Views: 578

Re: Are Jellyfish Enlightened?

Okay, so as I've been researching, jellyfish have no mind and are simply there in the ocean, freely moving anywhere. They have no desires and clinging in samsara, yet they still live. Wouldn't this mean that they are enlightened? The Buddha reached enlightenment and still lived on, so wouldn't the ...
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ha Ri Ni Sa
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Ha Ri Ni Sa

Since these syllables are linked to a yidam practice, wouldn't it be a good idea to ask your teacher?
by Grigoris
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4462
Views: 377288

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Long life to your teacher!!!
Several weeks ago Chögyal Namkhai Norbu returned to Dzamling Gar to continue resting. Compared to this summer his general health conditions are greatly improved.
http://melong.com/chnn-health-update/
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Potala Palace to undergo large renovation
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: Potala Palace to undergo large renovation

I like how the Chinese government considers the placement of surveillance systems as "renovation".
by Grigoris
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?
Replies: 46
Views: 1127

Re: What would Buddha have thought of Mahayana?

So I'm trying to understand how the different teachings relate to each other. I started with tientai's 5 periods but quickly realised that it wasn't historically accurate. Realizing that the Mahayana doctrines aren't the words of the literal Buddha but later innovations, I wonder what the real Budd...