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by Grigoris
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Missouri, USA
Replies: 4
Views: 37

Re: Hi from Missouri, USA

Oserdorjee wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:16 pm
:smile: 7 yr practitioner here looking to discuss buddhadharma and support others however I’m able. The teachings and the practices have profoundly altered my life and am immensely grateful.
Welcome to Dharma Wheel!
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 36
Views: 1160

Re: If the bad times are coming, what to do?

treehuggingoctopus wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:32 am
And then there is the waste, which would be an ethical challenge even in an ideal, nonexisting, accident-free world.
We could pay the Chinese to send it to the dark side of the moon.
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 22
Views: 871

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

edgar_d wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:44 pm
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Silence can also signal a lack of an answer (ie ignorance).
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 22
Views: 871

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

Really? With all the scandals, you need to ask this? Yes. There is a difference between an apparently respectable Sangha and an actually respectable Sangha. Which one are you referring to? One rarely runs into serious (systematic) problems in an actually respectable Sangha, though one can fall prey...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 22
Views: 871

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

Sure. Like those gassed millions. But OK, I guess you can make karma mean pretty much anything you want. So I won't take the bait (any further). If it is not about karma then what is it about? Luck? God? Fate? Chance? Really? With all the scandals, you need to ask this? Yes. There is a difference b...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:26 pm
As above, the dominant culture of Bactria, etc., was Persian.
Maybe, but you haven't really provided any evidence.

The ruling strata though, were definitely Hellenistic.
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

King Milinda (Menander) was the only one of the Gandharan Bactrian kings to convert to Buddhism. The previous and following kings apparently maintained the religion of their Macedonian forefathers. Yeah, that Nagasena was a gun, wasn't he :smile: Yup, he certainly was. On a side note: I translated ...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 22
Views: 871

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

That's pretty rotten luck, but I guess most would have no way of knowing. It really does not have anything to do with luck, it is basically all about karma. Even in a cultish sangha one may well learn some truly precious things. Indeed, but one always has to weigh up the profit to loss ratio. Even ...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heavens/Hells/Purelands
Replies: 14
Views: 433

Re: Heavens/Hells/Purelands

ford_truckin wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:15 pm
Are these said to be literal places somewhere out there in the universe?
How real and literal is this existence?
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Geofencing Buss in Göteborg Sweden
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: A Geofencing Buss in Göteborg Sweden

It is just GPS tracking, like the kind you use on live-time maps, or for finding lost/stolen phones, or in anklets/bracelets people on leave from jail are forced to wear, etc... When the central system monitoring the buses receives a signal that the bus is in a particular area, it sends a signal bac...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 22
Views: 871

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

If I were a man dying of thirst in the desert, and through sheer amazing luck I had stumbled upon an oasis with a bunch of different drink stalls, I would not stop and spend ages comparing and evaluating the merits of freshly squeezed juice over coca-cola, though there may well be a fair few. First...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 31
Views: 468

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

Grigoris, I'm sorry I hope you have a better day. I did not mean to evoke your anger, frustration, and impatience. As you can see, I'm new and perhaps I misunderstood the board culture. You can delete those of my posts you thought offensive. You did not post anything offensive and I am not angry. I...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

It seems the name that has been omitted in the above was Alexander the Great, whose empire it was that straddled Gandhara, and whose language and artistic culture had profound influence in that part of the world. The Questions of Kind Milinda were an account of a dialogue between a Buddhist monk, V...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 31
Views: 468

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

Tell me, do you believe that conditions must necessarily be added for those living in the western world as layperson? I would love to give everything away and live as a monk, but I would be homeless in a very cold climate and could even die. Perhaps this is the point, I should not fear death, which...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2375
Views: 193071

Re: Music time

by Grigoris
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Yet people from outside the Hellenistic sphere would consider anyone from this bunch of constantly warring city states to be "Greek", no? For example would an Egyptian in Ptolemaic Egypt care from which city state a greek was? Depends. I imagine they would because the Ptolemaic Egyptians were part ...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Isn't "Hellenistic" just a synonym for Greek? Like the official name of Greece, "Hellenic Republic". Yes and no. Hellenistic/Greek describes a set of somewhat shared characteristics. Hellas/Greece describes the nation-state. There was no Greek/Hellenic nation-state until the war of independence fro...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

Here's a nice video to put things in historical context: https://youtube.com/watch?v=IQATsepKoLE&t=748s It was not a "Greek Empire" it was a Hellenistic Empire of Macedonians. There was no Greece back then, there was the Macedonian Empire that had initially conquered and unified Hellenic city state...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Bodhi seed malas
Replies: 98
Views: 15002

Re: Bodhi seed malas

I was just in nepal and the prices are fairly good now. I saw really nice three eyes mala, unpolished for 50-60$ One eye 10mm 200$ for a nice one, but of course you have to shop around. I still think the indian bodhi seed, in polished or sanded down are really nice. I bought a 8mm polished but nice...
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: oldest, dateable depiction of the Buddha in human form

The style of the figures is soooooo Hellenic, which is no surprise given the finds are from Gandhara.

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