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by Grigoris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?
Replies: 11
Views: 276

Re: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?

2ndchance wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:32 am
Lately, I have been delving into Theravada teachings as they seem pretty straightforward compared to Vajrayana teachings.
Oh, indeed they are! I spent a large part of my early years of Buddhist practice translating Pali Canon Sutta from English to Greek.
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Meditating Buddhist monk killed in India leopard attack
Replies: 9
Views: 226

Re: Meditating Buddhist monk killed in India leopard attack

Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:33 pm
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Nah, it is more like misanthropic Greg feels that the life of a leopard (a species on the brink of extinction) is more important than that of a foolish monk who went to meditate in an area where there have been three previous leopard attacks.
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

Could you give an example of when to practice this? I'm afraid incorporating this into daily life is rather...difficult. When somebody praises you, investigate the feeling of pride and it's source. When somebody insults you investigate the feeling of anger and it's source. In both instances find wh...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

Tenma wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:13 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:33 pm
The Sutra says not to grasp at inherent qualities.

Good or bad...
So how can we practice this?
By not grasping at phenomena as if they have inherent qualities.
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

Tenma wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:28 pm
So the sutra preaches the first one and sees the concept of the second's purity, etc. as delusional(like sticking to one precept may become very harmful such as to always tell the truth or to always never eat meat)?
The Sutra says not to grasp at inherent qualities.

Good or bad...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

You have to remember that there are two truths. So, on the one hand all phenomena are ultimately empty and thus lack inherent characteristics (good, bad, pure, impure, etc...). At the same time phenomena have a relative truth so that one acts good and not bad, concerns themselves with purity and imp...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: Understanding the Karmāvaranaviśuddhi Sutra....

The Buddha is teaching about recognising the emptiness of all definitions and labels.
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 24
Views: 457

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Entertainment will get cheaper and more effective at control. Once we shift more into the virtual world, providing virtual goodies and benefits will not cost the elites anything at all. For First Worlders? Maybe. And even then it will only be for a certain percentage of the population. In terms of ...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Meditating Buddhist monk killed in India leopard attack
Replies: 9
Views: 226

Re: Meditating Buddhist monk killed in India leopard attack

Lobsang Chojor wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:17 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:56 am
Poor leopard...
Supposedly they have no plans to track down and kill the leopard, which is surprising but good
I was thinking more about the negative consequences accrued from killing a member of the ordained Sangha.
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 24
Views: 457

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Entertainment will get cheaper and more effective at control. Once we shift more into the virtual world, providing virtual goodies and benefits will not cost the elites anything at all. For First Worlders? Maybe. And even then it will only be for a certain percentage of the population. In terms of ...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 24
Views: 457

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

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by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 24
Views: 457

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

If only we could figure this out. We are on the verge of unlimited leisure time for humanity. Sure, because the bosses replacing the workers with the robot will continue to pay the workers so they can lounge around in the Bahamas... Leisure is a privilege purchased by money. Unemployment =/= leisur...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 36
Views: 673

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

“Mañjuśrī, when childish ordinary beings practice generosity, they do it with disrespect toward miserly sentient beings. Due to their disrespect, those who practice giving get angry and give rise to the fault of resentfulness. The faults of anger and resentfulness plunge them into the hell realms. ...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?
Replies: 11
Views: 276

Re: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?

ford_truckin wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:18 am
Might want to try out www.dhammawheel.com
Ummmmmm... Somehow I don't think you will be able to "discuss Theravada teachings from the perspective of Mahayana/Vajrayana" at DWT. :shrug:
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Is offering alcohol as a gift to ones ngakpa lama appropriate and does it have a specific meaning?
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Re: Is offering alcohol as a gift to ones ngakpa lama appropriate and does it have a specific meaning?

lotuslogos wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:52 am
My question to you all: Is offering alcohol as a gift to ones ngakpa lama appropriate and does it have a specific meaning/significance or is it inauspicious or inappropriate?
Every time I go see my ngakapa lama I bring him some local booze. He loves it.
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?
Replies: 11
Views: 276

Re: Can we discuss Theravada teachings?

2ndchance wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:52 am
Hello can we discuss Theravada teachings from the perspective of a Mahayana/Vajrayana practitioner? Thanks.
Of course. But do consider that since this is a Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism forum, this view will be considered definitive.
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 26
Views: 2001

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

TrimePema wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:28 am
say the 7 lines with devotion and see what happens
100,000 times will do the trick!
by Grigoris
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's death?
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Amida's death?

It's going to be a while before he dies, so why not practice your ass off and go ask him personally?

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