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by Grigoris
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 168
Views: 12999

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Dharma Flower wrote: Our ancestors, however, got B12 from the algae in drinking from fresh water sources.
And blue-green algae poisoning plus other nastiness...
by Grigoris
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB
Replies: 57
Views: 2418

Re: Mind essence introduced in advaita and TB

Off-topic discussion moved here: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=30308
by Grigoris
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Recovering from Trauma
Replies: 30
Views: 787

Re: Recovering from Trauma

Motova wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:54 pm
I'm going to contact some DC instructors.
:twothumbsup:

PS Are you currently seeing a mental health professional/taking prescription medication for your problems?
by Grigoris
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Recovering from Trauma
Replies: 30
Views: 787

Re: Recovering from Trauma

I also know not to give unsolicited counseling to people I don’t personally know over the internet who are super vulnerable. But as a trauma psychologist you know that Greg. Right?!! Good on yah! Now instead of playing at being Motova's lawyer, why don't you actually take part in the conversation w...
by Grigoris
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Recovering from Trauma
Replies: 30
Views: 787

Re: Recovering from Trauma

Motova wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:55 pm
Honestly, I did so much reading before I entered Tibetan Buddhism and got the best Lamas so this exact thing wouldn't happen.
Your teacher's are not to blame for what you did to yourself. You chose to execute the particular actions. Follow your teacher's advice.
by Grigoris
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Recovering from Trauma
Replies: 30
Views: 787

Re: Recovering from Trauma

A. He does have a teacher Well then he should listen to his teacher because I bet his teacher did not tell him to smoke himself into psychosis. B.Have some tact Greg Taking responsibility for one's CURRENT actions is one of the first steps towards recovery from trauma. If a person just spends their...
by Grigoris
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Recovering from Trauma
Replies: 30
Views: 787

Re: Recovering from Trauma

I am sorry, I've had a very difficult almost five years of Buddhism. Please help me understand the level of shit I am in and what I need to do to purify. Maybe private messages are best, I don't know. You are wasting your time if you do not put all your effort into finding a teacher. AND you need s...
by Grigoris
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tulsi Gabbard
Replies: 65
Views: 1481

Re: Tulsi Gabbard

I believe the Republicans will win (unless Trump gets impeached, which he won't).

And I do not say that because I like the Republicans. Hell, I don't even like the Democrats.
by Grigoris
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: is a home made statue acceptable?
Replies: 48
Views: 3125

Re: is a home made statue acceptable?

Ayu wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 12:15 pm
I fail to understand the intention of this teaching that forbids making statues.
So that professional statue makers do not go out of business? :tongue:
by Grigoris
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translators
Replies: 19
Views: 1071

Re: Translators

Given that the person who is being discussed in this thread is not here to defend themselves, I do believe it is time to put an end to the slander and gossip.
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Oh heel no they don’t. Atiyoga is impossible to glimpse by accident. Who said anything about accidents or chance? There is this thing called past karma/accumulations. On the other hand: What do you think the chances are of having a truly "mystical experience" if you try to have one? There is only o...
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:08 pm
Intrinsic characteristics are not held to be ultimate. Buddhist epistemology is nominalist, not realist. In other words, so called universals are considered to be conventionally unreal in Buddhadharma, whereas particulars are considered to be conventionally real.
You won't see me disagreeing.
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Yes, every phenomena can have one or more intrinsic characteristics (svalakṣana), for example, water has the intrinsic characteristics of limpidity, coolness, and wetness. The intrinsic characteristics of a blue vase will be blueness, etc. You need to go to Shedra, Greg. I agree that this is true a...
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

The absolutely essential ingredient necessary to realize one's true nature is the upadeśa of the guru, and virtually no one has that. I would say that the absolutely essential ingredient is one's true nature. It is there even when the Guru is not there. It is there yes, but it will never be known i...
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Oh heel no they don’t. Atiyoga is impossible to glimpse by accident. Who said anything about accidents or chance? On the other hand: What do you think the chances are of having a truly "mystical experience" if you try to have one? There is only one absolutely essential ingredient necessary to reali...
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

By definition there can be no difference among/between non-conceptual experiences, the idea of difference only exists conceptually/relatively. ;) A direct perception (pratyakṣa) by definition is nonconceptual and apprehends an intrinsic characteristic. Since the intrinsic characteristic of red is d...
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Oh heel no they don’t. Atiyoga is impossible to glimpse by accident. Who said anything about accidents or chance? There is this thing called past karma/accumulations. On the other hand: What do you think the chances are of having a truly "mystical experience" if you try to have one? There is only o...
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

No, I am saying that those who have practiced both paths, report that they are qualitatively different in an experiential sense. Like the taste of sugar and salt. One would not assert that the taste of sugar and salt only differ in the aftermath of tasting them, when the non-conceptual experience o...
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

Most who have practiced both paths in a serious manner state that in addition to being conceptually different, they are also experientially different. Of course they would. They are, in both instances, judging a non-conceptual experience via their currently existing karmic view, after all. PS My st...
by Grigoris
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta
Replies: 538
Views: 47866

Re: Non-Duality in Dzogchen vs Advaita Vedanta

For a quarter-century (!) I and one other person have periodically discussed these or similar questions with one of the world's leading Vedanta scholars, Ira Schepetin . At the end of the day, I can only concur with Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and certain other Dzogchen masters before him, that what we c...

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