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by Grigoris
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 53
Views: 1107

Re: what do we mean by faith?

pael wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:47 am
How to know what exists?
Now that is a good question! I guess the answer is: achieve Buddhahood, or at least 5th level Bodhisattvahood. :smile:
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 482
Views: 14327

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:50 pm
On the abolition thing, not only is hyperbolic, it's a bizarre comparison.
I was referring to the motivation and desire for change. If people were (are) defeatist, change would (will) never have occurred.
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 482
Views: 14327

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I wonder what would have happened in the U$ if slavery abolitionists had the same attitude as you? I wonder if the holocaust would of ever happened had Hitler not taken away all guns? Let's see.... How many of the countries that have bans on civilians owning semi-automatic and automatic weapons, mi...
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 482
Views: 14327

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Oh yeah, our system has a really great record with fairly implementing stuff like that and being prudent with uses of executive power, especially as regards marginalized groups. Oh wait no, the complete opposite is true. :roll: :roll: Witb that, I'm done with the conversation, have fun. So you do n...
by Grigoris
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 482
Views: 14327

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

A total ban of guns is a ridiculous, and draconian idea, when has that actually been proposed? seems pretty reasonable to me, apart from law enforcement and the military, civilians really do not need firearms for more than hunting and sport. How would it be enforced here, short of violating the 4th...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Samaya in Vajrayāna
Replies: 21
Views: 2221

Re: Samaya in Vajrayāna

Where does a refuge tree image fall in these discussions? The refuge tree I use has protectors depicted on them. It sounds like this should be hidden? Edit: Also, what about statues/images of Guru Rinpoche? Generally, you should keep YOUR Yidam and Dharmapalas out of sight, especially of the uninit...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 482
Views: 14327

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

None whatsoever. In the 20th Century, 260,000,000 people were murdered by their own government. This is termed democide. https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/20TH.HTM And if these people were armed they would not have been murdered? Or if 50% of that statistic were deaths of state security forces it w...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Samaya in Vajrayāna
Replies: 21
Views: 2221

Re: Samaya in Vajrayāna

In that case, does that mean Himalayanart, Khan Academy, and technically every art museum and art school is breaking their samaya and corrupting others by showing ancient antiques of High Tantra Deities? You are mistakenly assuming they have samaya. But you should not be concerning yourself with ot...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 482
Views: 14327

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

A total ban of guns is a ridiculous, and draconian idea, when has that actually been proposed? I would propose it. But then I have experience in bargaining. If you go to your politicians asking only for the banning of assault rifles, you will get a ban on bump stocks. That is the direction your pre...
by Grigoris
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 482
Views: 14327

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Only if gun bans are put into effect - they will not in near future. A solution is what works, gun bans are only a soothing ideal. But dream on... No, assault rifle, semi-automatic and automatic weapons and pistol bans are not a soothing ideal and they are not a dream. They are a reality in civilis...
by Grigoris
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 482
Views: 14327

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Until the distant era of Ahimsa ruling the hearts & minds of all humanity, partial & poor solutions are all that we have to reduce the effects of hate, anger and the many other vices of humanity. Door blocks are a partial and poor solution, gun bans are not perfect, but work a hell of a lot better ...
by Grigoris
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 482
Views: 14327

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

A excellent example of making the best the enemy of the better. Besides - Nothing else can be better than all making all beings buddhas. Why dabble with partial things like guns. Outside of America, I think the only place you will find metal detectors and armed guards at schools and other public fa...
by Grigoris
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 12
Views: 227

Re: Some questions on Karma and Merit

There is mundane Karma and supramundane karma. In Mahayana, we generate supramundane karma with bodhicitta aspiration in mind in order to free ourselves and all beings from suffering. This kind of action leads to supramundane results that is Buddhahood! Supramundane karma? Can you give some example...
by Grigoris
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 12
Views: 227

Re: Some questions on Karma and Merit

The accumulation of Wisdom and Merit are the prerequisites for enlightenment in the common Mahayana. Accrued merit is not an impediment or obstacle to Buddhahood, quite the opposite. Thanks for the reply. That actually makes sense of the passage in Sūtra of the Garland of a Bodhisattva’s Primary Ka...
by Grigoris
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 1643
Views: 134080

Re: Music time

From the film "Cruising", featuring Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen and Al Pacino. Especially like Pacino, and I met the actual character he played in the movie Serpico during the 90's at Dai Bosatsu Zendo during the O-Bon celebration. There was a guy among all the guests in the Dharma Hall wearing a Haw...
by Grigoris
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Samaya in Vajrayāna
Replies: 21
Views: 2221

Re: Samaya in Vajrayāna

I do understand the comments about samaya, expressed here and I agree with them. But, just from another perspective, when everything is suffused with the Divine, what is there to protect and from whom? This is a nice thought. Do you think you can maintain it during an assault? In the face of a seri...
by Grigoris
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Fear
Replies: 15
Views: 361

Re: Fear

Self cherishing is something due to ego, No, self cherishing is not due to ego. There is no such thing as an ego, there are the five skandha and a mistaken interpretation of those as an ego. ...but not to kill is born out of recognizing some how. No. Some people do not kill for fear of consequences...
by Grigoris
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Fear
Replies: 15
Views: 361

Re: Fear

Tashi delek, Fear for something, has a cause, no doubt about it. - Fear for the death / dying, is one well known example of it. - Fear has many causes, or maybe only one cause ? Guess that has something to do with the basic imprints and their changings / confrontations ? What do you think ? Fear is...
by Grigoris
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 12
Views: 227

Re: Some questions on Karma and Merit

These terms seem to be common, and I thought I understood some basic concepts about them, but recently I have been thinking more deeply about these things and have come to some questions that I hope have not been covered elsewhere. I understand Karma as basically ones physical, verbal, and mental v...