Search found 11892 matches

by Grigoris
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1070

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

Maybe not, but the 'restricted' status of the book is also unclear, so for instance if some interested and earnest practitioner gets the book from their Dharma center library or something, is there some rule saying they can't practice it? Because it is (generally) unclear... (to not repeat myself a...
by Grigoris
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1070

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

Pero wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:45 pm
You got Jigme Phuntsok's Vajrasattva and were told that an empowerment is required for it?
I thought we were talking about Migyur Dorje's sadhana of Amitabha... :shrug:
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 652

Re: What is Dualism truly?

I do believe the question has been answered.
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1070

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

Which is why it is ALWAYS better to err on the side of caution and even better to always follow what YOUR teachers say. ;) I certainly would not advise you or anyone else to engage in such a practice against wisdom, but I just shared it as a sort of counterpoint. He says, and I quote, “This text wa...
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1070

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

...I also think its more important that people establish contact with definitive sources *in order to have confidence in what they are doing* than it is that they accept DW users authority, ymmv... This goes without saying, which is why (I repeat) I pointed them in the direction of a resource. Khen...
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1070

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

It's probably better to err on the side of not conditioning people one way or the other, including presenting one's own school and experiences as the gold standard approach to Vajrayana, and point them to resources. Yet, people consistently do it anyway on DW. Well, I did point them in the directio...
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1070

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

Garchen Rinpoche regularly gives Chenrezig empowerments via live streams, it would be a good idea for the OP to get some info about the next one. Anyone? None slated for this year. It seems that the new schedule will be announced after Losar. There is a contact here that might be able to give more ...
by Grigoris
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1070

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

There are definitely practices and teachers that allow Chenrezig self - visualization without empowerment, because they have open public practices. Whether it can/should be done on ones own is less clear of course. Does the OP know which one's are public and which are not? Probably not, given they ...
by Grigoris
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: EBOLA IS BACK!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: EBOLA IS BACK!!!

No cure. Just supportive treatment.
by Grigoris
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1070

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

"This practice requires the student to have permission/empowerment received from a qualified master in order to engage in the self-generation of the deity. However, it is permitted to do this practice without such an empowerment as long as you do not generate yourself as the deity. Instead, you sho...
by Grigoris
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: EBOLA IS BACK!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: EBOLA IS BACK!!!

Ebola never left, it was just contained for a while. Unfortunately there were then outbreaks in port towns and... This from a doctor from Medecins Sans Frontieres that I was working with here in Lesbos who was called back to DRC (he is an Ebola specialist) and then returned after his mission to tell...
by Grigoris
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is Dualism truly?
Replies: 19
Views: 652

Re: What is Dualism truly?

Sherab wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:47 am
...even if the actual reality has two components: individuals and a physical environment.
Who is deluding themselves about "actual reality"? :shrug:
by Grigoris
Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Les Gilets Jaunes
Replies: 18
Views: 648

Re: Les Gilets Jaunes

Oh yeah.... :mrgreen: :coffee: :mrgreen: .. But those being gassed by the police .. and living on minimal wages ... and raising their voiced against the suffocation by the elites .. deserve some compassion IMO .. being a Greek I am sure you know more than many others .. :ban: tp. https://youtu.be/t...
by Grigoris
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Les Gilets Jaunes
Replies: 18
Views: 648

Re: Les Gilets Jaunes

The guys producing the yellow vests are making a killing from this revolt...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gohonzon for sale at Walmart?
Replies: 12
Views: 409

Re: Gohonzon for sale at Walmart?

I once read that, in the Ottoman empire, you could buy a woman for less than the price of a horse. I think this kind of thing says something about who we, as a society, are. I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in the Central African Republic and is visiting his folks back here in Greece, an...
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Confronting Mortality
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Confronting Mortality

The Sutra is only two pages long, yet the book is 98 pages! :smile:
by Grigoris
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How many times did the Buddha set forth 4BI in 46 years of preaching?
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: How many times did the Buddha set forth 4BI in 46 years of preaching?

Buddha preached 46 years. I suppose that the Four Noble Truths for so many years of preaching have been stated many times. But only a few came into the canon. How can this be explained? What was the selection principle? Is the canon (second basket) a collection of all the Buddha’s sayings or a coll...
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Does it matter if you reveal your yidam?
Replies: 32
Views: 3058

Re: Does it matter if you reveal your yidam?

fckw wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:59 pm
We know the Yidams of Padmasambhava, the 84 Mahasiddhas, etc. So, either they did not keep them secret, or someone close to them could not keep their mouth shut.
I don't think any of us here at the level of the people you just mentioned, so we gotta be a little wary of imitating their behaviour.
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wrathful deities
Replies: 70
Views: 2779

Re: Wrathful deities

LolCat wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:59 am
Why practice peaceful deities at all if wrathful deities are faster?
Because you may need to develop the qualities associated with the particular deities.

Faster does not necessarily mean better, not in all instances.

You cannot sprint a marathon (for example).
by Grigoris
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Open Deity vs. Private?
Replies: 1
Views: 241

Re: Open Deity vs. Private?

So, I get the entire idea that tantric deities like Vajrayogini and whatnot are restricted. What I don't understand is, how is a simple practice such as the 108 names of Tara restricted when Tara is known to be an open deity of compassion? Though I understand some sadhanas might require empowerment...

Go to advanced search