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by Grigoris
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Tathagatagarbha and oppresion/social action
Replies: 18
Views: 411

Re: Tathagatagarbha and oppresion/social action

Im currently in the middle of reading Paul William's Mahayana Buddhism, The Doctrinal Foundations and he makes some interesting comments regarding the tathagatagarbha. According to this author there is in Mahayana Buddhism a tension regarding tathagatagarbha. If everything is already enlightened, w...
by Grigoris
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1523

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The reality is that we are directly reaping the benefits of the tulku system, it is how the teachings got to us. To argue it is redundant is is naive, bordering on dangerous (for the continuity of the teachings). I don’t buy that for a second. In my view the teachings got to us DESPITE a sociopolit...
by Grigoris
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1523

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The reality is that we are directly reaping the benefits of the tulku system, it is how the teachings got to us.

To argue it is redundant is is naive, bordering on dangerous (for the continuity of the teachings).
by Grigoris
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation techniques taught in paid meditation apps vs real mediation
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: Meditation techniques taught in paid meditation apps vs real mediation

Paid meditation apps are popular nowadays I had a question for the poeple who meditate on paid apps 1)Do you really meditate daily after paying that subscription 2)Do you really apply the principles learned in those audios in real life(for eg, not getting angry) 3)Any significant issues or disappoi...
by Grigoris
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 95
Views: 4359

Re: boring questions about losing weight

Possibly. But I still think that diet is way overlooked in western ‘modern’ ‘medicine’. I disagree. There is plenty of info and evidence out there about diet, but it is almost always applied therapeutically, when somebody already has developed a problem. Of course. In fact I edited-out the video th...
by Grigoris
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 95
Views: 4359

Re: boring questions about losing weight

This is all good, seemingly for you. However some people maybe can or can’t workout very much, and have all kinds of inflammatory, weight, or blood sugar issues. They would benefit greatly from a combination of at least two of the following at least until their health greatly improves: So you have ...
by Grigoris
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 95
Views: 4359

Re: boring questions about losing weight

I can fast occasionally, but I find that my energy levels plummet so low that doing it regularly seems unlikely. I may try again at my doctor's suggestion. There is also no way I could exercise the way I do (on days I do this) without eating a fair amount. I try to eat well (although I do eat some ...
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 95
Views: 4359

Re: boring questions about losing weight

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by Grigoris
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Replies: 63
Views: 1523

Re: Reincarnation of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Oh look, yet another anti-tulku system discussion by Westerners... How droll...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:27 pm
Four Seals.
Some traditions say that there are only Three Seals.
Refuge.
Guru, Deva, Dakini?
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:23 pm
Is consensus an advantage? The implication of your comment is that to be an advantage, we should all agree, lock step.
It seems that you have completely misunderstood my point.
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Simon E. wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:27 pm
Rangtong and Shentong are dialects of the same Buddhadharma language.
A misunderstanding of dialect that lead to forced conversions, destruction of monasteries, deaths, etc... :roll:
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

PeterC wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:42 am
It's only helpful to demarcate the boundaries of what the Buddhadharma is vs. what is not the Buddhadharma.
Like Rangtong vs Shentong, for example... ;)
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

No one can agree to what constitutes an anything though, I mean the same is true of politics etc. Yup. So where are the "advantages" that Buddhism confers to it's followers if they act no differently than everybody else? Not all do, and as it's impossible for most of us to see the outcomes of said ...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Which begs the question. Why log on to a Buddhist forum which proclaims that there is no consensus about what constitutes Buddhism? To shoot the breeze a while? Have an argument? Or what? Or could it be that there is in fact a consensus regarding what constitutes the teaching of various Buddhist sc...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:35 am
No one can agree to what constitutes an anything though, I mean the same is true of politics etc.
Yup. So where are the "advantages" that Buddhism confers to it's followers if they act no differently than everybody else?
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

As for pratyekabuddhas, a lot of Mahayana doesn't consider pratyekabuddhas awakened. Lotus Sutra for instance, doesn't consider Hinayana, Pratyekabuddhayana, or even Bodhisattvayana to lead to bodhi. Only Buddhayana leads to bodhi. Which supports my statement that Buddhists cannot even agree as to ...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

And that isn't an unsupported appeal to authority. Read my HHDL and Thinley Norbu quotes again. I of course can't quote everyone or even many teachers otherwise it would get overly long. But specifically Norbu's quote says the paths of worldly deities only leads to rebirth in samsara. With all due ...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

And I'm arguing that sometimes merit is simply the cause for rebirth in the higher realms and nothing more. For nominal Buddhists too? Yes, I am conflating dharma with Buddhism, and my point is that I think most major teachers would as well. I do believe that is called an [unsupported] appeal to au...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 1850

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

I also find it unlikely that Nichiren, or any otther major teacher, considered non-Buddhist religions to essentially be provisional Buddhist teachings. It seems to me you are confounding Dharma with Buddhism. I should also add here that many people use Buddhism to achieve worldly benefit (eg good h...

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