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by Grigoris
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Left Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 225

Re: Left Buddhism

Rinchen Samphel wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:39 pm
So do i just continue where i left off? Do i need to do some purification practice? Am i doomed to a lower rebirth?
Jump in man, the water is great!
by Grigoris
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If the bad times are coming, what to do?
Replies: 42
Views: 1333

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

He then added something that made my ears pick up. He said everyone should say daily Protectors prayers, whether that be an all-inclusive Protectors offering such as Damchen Kyi-tor or just a simple ser-kyem . This was clearly something on His mind, and I don't think I've heard that advice before a...
by Grigoris
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Left Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 225

Re: Left Buddhism

In september i was going threw a rough time, stopped practicing and dropped my refuge. I was going threw a massive internal struggle. I, of course because i have studied and practiced Buddhism for 11 years, am starting to feel drawn back to it and am wondering if what i was going threw was purifica...
by Grigoris
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 25
Views: 1047

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

However, JD's root guru is the late ChNN. Not trying to be disrespectful or anything, but what does it mean to have a root guru that is no longer incarnate? Especially in regards to their terma. It is something that I have been thinking about in connection to my own teacher and his terma. My view i...
by Grigoris
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 25
Views: 1047

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

Is one needed, or just a lung? You don't really need this. All you need is the medium thun, since you are a DC guy. And if you want to practice a Ngondro, well, there is the Ati Lamgi Ngondro. I completed the full accumulations for the Kagyu Ngondro, but when I started practicing in the Dudjom Ters...
by Grigoris
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 25
Views: 1047

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

I make it to Saraha periodically, but I am not sure if it is given out there often, I don't think there's anyone near me who would give it. Seems like my best best is the Dudjom Tersar site, it does seem that Lama Sonam gives it our periodically. If you request the lung for the concise version, it ...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Missouri, USA
Replies: 5
Views: 73

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: 42
Views: 1333

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: 23
Views: 912

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: 23
Views: 912

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: 23
Views: 912

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: 497

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: 497

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: 23
Views: 912

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: 15
Views: 474

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: 169

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: 23
Views: 912

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: 493

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: 497

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: 493

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...

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