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by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?
Replies: 42
Views: 2905

Re: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?

DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:27 pm
Enjoying the ride is good. I like it a lot.

My criticism of myself (and I'm trying to invite criticism here, since many of you know me pretty well at this point) is that I've become passive when I should take a more active stance.
Actively enjoying the ride? :smile:
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?
Replies: 42
Views: 2905

Re: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?

odysseus wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:28 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:56 pm
How can this be anything but the Joy of the Dharma?
Yup, Buddhism is meant to bring happiness. It's not a competition.
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by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4936

Re: What is reborn after death?

Grigoris; To repeat, I know that the suttas and sutras are the reported words of the Buddha, his teachings, and are the basis for the Buddhist traditions. I also noted that the Buddhist teachings were expanded by great Buddhist teachers. There is a discussion to be had about the matter, but this se...
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4936

Re: What is reborn after death?

I know the suttas and sutras are reported to be Shakyamuni Buddha’s words, his teachings. Even the Sutra that contain anachronisms? Yes, though, as I noted above, I don’t know if Shakyamuni Buddha actually spoke the words as recorded in each and every sutta and sutra. So you are cool with a teachin...
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 843

Re: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

The people that kept asking didn't give anything themselves! And it is very poorly run, unaccountable even bordering cheating, inefficient spending possibly based on ego. For example, telling you there is a project to place 6 Guru Rinpoches statues in six part of the world...and really, who should ...
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4936

Re: What is reborn after death?

clyde wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:08 pm
I know the suttas and sutras are reported to be Shakyamuni Buddha’s words, his teachings.
Even the Sutra that contain anachronisms?
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 843

Re: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

Be very careful when a group of people approach you in Dharma centres and kept pestering you to give up self-cherishing and to have bodhicitta etc... Almost definitely, they are trying to get you to donate money and alot later ... Generosity is the first Paramita. Of course it has to be combined wi...
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?
Replies: 42
Views: 2905

Re: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?

We also don't have to accomplish this alone. Even if we can't yet benefit directly from a teacher or sangha, such as in my case, the buddhas and bodhisattvas have unobstructed vision, as Shantideva says. They see and hear the lonely practitioner with heavy defilements who calls out, "Compassionate ...
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: The Wanderer
Replies: 23
Views: 1281

Re: The Wanderer

This quote "A Monk is a Buddhist that wears a Robe and has a Shaved Head."? It's in one of the many Sutras... So you do not have a source. With the Vajrayana, By virtue One was drawn to the Lineage that says that a Monk is One's Manifestation. Now, the Sangha has a resident Monk that is the head of...
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Horny Dilemma
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: A Horny Dilemma

From the style of the etching I would say it is Indonesian.

Maybe it was a scabbard?
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 997

Re: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

I made a kapala once using copper sheet. It is quite easy. I just used a rounded skull sized rock to beat the copper sheet over and then I painted the outside with white enamel paint and left the inside copper red. Copper actually purifies anything placed in it, that is why saddhu urns and ayurvedi...
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Denial of Memory and Imagination
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: Denial of Memory and Imagination

Looking for clues and greater understanding here... Is there not some sense that in Buddhism, by continually focussing only on the present moment that we are in fact denying so much of our capacities as humans - namely the fantastic memory that we have (some people have near photographic memory) an...
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1390

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

shaunc wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:52 am
The U.S.A has put a man on the moon, if they wanted to they could sort this out too. I don't think that our advice is wanted or needed.
To quote a line out of a Clint Eastwood movie.
"Opinions are like arseholes, everyone's got one"
Including you, it seems.
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 997

Re: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

Anything from human bones is illegal in Germany, AFAIK. We are only allowed to burry or cremate human bones - or to use them for science with certain permission. But anyhow, thank you @all for this thread. I wasn't informed yet about this, but that dosn't mean anything 'cause I'm an absolute beginn...
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Merging With The True Self While Dying by Elio Guarisco: Why?
Replies: 36
Views: 1224

Re: Merging With The True Self While Dying by Elio Guarisco: Why?

Gzhan stong is a sūtrayāna system, their principles are no more applicable to Dzogchen than any other sūtra system, arguably less so given that their tenets are in direct conflict with the view of Dzogchen in various ways. I happen to disagree on both points, but it is not important enough for me t...
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6325
Views: 579928

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I don't think it is shaming, if someone thinks there is a problem it is good to say it rather than letting others continue doing something that may be wrong. The problem is that in such cases it is not very clear how much or what kind of information is ok. It's not that difficult: Information from ...
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Merging With The True Self While Dying by Elio Guarisco: Why?
Replies: 36
Views: 1224

Re: Merging With The True Self While Dying by Elio Guarisco: Why?

Gzhan stong rhetoric has nothing to do with Dzogchen. Well, it seems that for some it does. And no Indian tathāgatagarbha literature ever used the term “true self” [satyātman]. You have read all the Indian tahagatagarbha literature in Sanskrit? And maybe the Indian literature doesn't, but the Tibet...
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1390

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

I agree with all of the above points but don't let this thread turn into another U.S. gun control thread. That horse has been flogged to death. It's an American problem, let Americans deal with it. Like they have dealt with it up until now? If you can't call the shots in your own backyard, where do...
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Merging With The True Self While Dying by Elio Guarisco: Why?
Replies: 36
Views: 1224

Re: Merging With The True Self While Dying by Elio Guarisco: Why?

krodha wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:57 am
If it exists, it is exceptionally rare.
Not in Shengtong literature it isn't. There it is basically an epithet for Buddha Nature / Tathagatagarbha.

Why don't you contact Elio and ask him about his use of the term?
by Grigoris
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas
Replies: 26
Views: 997

Re: Alternative to possibly toxic metal kapalas

It's a common practice these days to put a ceramic bowl or glass jar inside a kapala, even lined ones. Nevertheless and even in that case, the kapala is an important part of the sadhana and definitely has an effect on the outcome. Yes, you can do without it, but better if you use one. My Teacher wa...

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