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by Grigoris
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen // Middle Way
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: Dzogchen // Middle Way

You are trying to understand non-duality with your dualistic mind. This is fundamentally not true. The state of Dzogchen spontaneously results from the Dzogchen practice. It can not be understood - it can only be experienced. It should and can be understood. Why do you think all those teachers wrot...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1344

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

One of the disorienting things about change and that leads to misperceptions is that the mind changes more rapidly than many of the things we observe. So, a ceramic cup appears stable to us, but only because the cup is reasonably durable, while our mind changes moment to moment. Part of the source ...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen // Middle Way
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: Dzogchen // Middle Way

You are trying to understand non-duality with your dualistic mind. This is fundamentally not true. The state of Dzogchen spontaneously results from the Dzogchen practice. It can not be understood - it can only be experienced. It should and can be understood. Why do you think all those teachers wrot...
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: A question about Dream Yoga
Replies: 29
Views: 779

Re: A question about Dream Yoga

PS Have you taken refuge?
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: A question about Dream Yoga
Replies: 29
Views: 779

Re: A question about Dream Yoga

Life is not "just a dream", that is not what the teachings say. They say that life is "like a dream".

It may seem like an irrelevant detail, but it is actually a very significant difference.
by Grigoris
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths
Replies: 69
Views: 2178

Re: Mixing Worldly and Dharma Paths

I used to think I'd have to appear as having a protrusion on my crown or dharmacakras on my palms at the instant of samyaksambodhi, but now when I self-generate as the deity I just imagine myself as I currently appear: boring, bespectacled, and mundane. So, if you believe that your current karmical...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Fastest Growing Religion In Birmingham Revealed
Replies: 21
Views: 728

Re: The Fastest Growing Religion In Birmingham Revealed

That Eastern front between Germany and Russia probably would made the first world war look like a blip. The Battle of Stalingrad (which lasted five months) lead to 235,000 German and allied troops (900,000 total casualties) and 479,000 Russian troops (1,129,619 total casualties) being killed. The c...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 177
Views: 13390

Re: Saint Stalin

Greg, "And no matter how strange it may seem to you in your little bubble, ..." How dare you impugn my bubble size! "It is quite as big for me, said he, as yours is big for you." That's fine, all of us live inside our little bubble, but the Russian bubble is HUGE and it does not conform all that we...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: There is clearly a lack of a third
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: There is clearly a lack of a third

Viach wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:38 pm
Buddha never created any kind of religion ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
Pretty funny quote considering ChNN's religious heritage and the fact he founded a religious organisation.
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 177
Views: 13390

Re: Saint Stalin

So Communism died when the Soviet Union died...?? Old habits are the hardest to break. https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-47964774 No, it didn't actually. You forget Vietnam and Laos (for example). A newer addition would be the Republic of South Africa (the ANC instituted heavily so...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: There is clearly a lack of a third
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: There is clearly a lack of a third

There is clearly a lack of a third, Buddhist yogi. That is, Buddhist yoga, with its understanding of the dreamlike nature of what is happening, is the middle path between two extremes (science and religion). Hate to be the one that breaks it to you, but Buddhism is a religion. Buddhist yoga is reli...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering mandala plates
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: Offering mandala plates

Lingpupa wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:22 am
I'm lucky if there are more than a half-dozen grains still on the surface.
It is not about how much rice sticks to the plate, but about how much Dana sticks in the mind! :smile:
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering mandala plates
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: Offering mandala plates

I'm doing another one. I did the Karma Kamtsang one quite a few years ago. I only continued doing a bit of that, because to make it "round" it's nice to do the whole set, but there is quite a lot of "overhead" in that one - you'd probably spend the best part of an hour getting through it if you mis...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Fraud Art Still Holy?
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Fraud Art Still Holy?

£$&^@ wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:50 am
'Holiness' does not reside in art works. They are imbued with significance by the observer.

If they are canonically correct, with orthodox proportions and imagery, and not just arbitrary images, then they are suitable.
You do realise that you are making concurrent contradictory claims?
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1344

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

The impact of the result of past actions depends on the present state of mind. Please read the Lonaphala Sutta . At the same time, there is no removal of past karma in Mahayana either, as one cannot just dive into the storehouse consciousness and root out seeds, rather through enlightenment the eig...
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tsogyelgar Upper Shrine Room Burned to the Ground
Replies: 8
Views: 334

Re: Tsogyelgar Upper Shrine Room Burned to the Ground

Okay, seems to have run it's zig-zag course.

If anybody has anything valid or useful to add, feel free to contact me.
by Grigoris
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1344

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

As far as I know this is not so in Theravada, Karmic fruits are "set" there, almost like a form of predestination. If this were true, the infamous murderer Aṅgulimāla would not have merited the intervention of the Buddha & attained Arhatship in one lifetime. But he did "And what is the cessation of...
by Grigoris
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: I will be in Hanoi, Vietnam next month...
Replies: 8
Views: 501

I will be in Hanoi, Vietnam next month...

...any tips for temples to visit?

Anybody in Vietnam wanting to meet up?

I will be there for the United Nations Vesak Day conference representing Greece.
by Grigoris
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1344

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

...absolving karma through hearing the name of a bodhisattva clashes with the concept of karma as something strictly individual. How/Why? Hearing, meditating on, and understanding, are actions carried out by an individual. Hearing the name of a Bodhisattva may set off a whole chain of dependently r...
by Grigoris
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 66
Views: 1344

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clases with the concept of individual karm

...absolving karma through hearing the name of a bodhisattva clashes with the concept of karma as something strictly individual. How/Why? Hearing, meditating on, and understanding, are actions carried out by an individual. Hearing the name of a Bodhisattva may set off a whole chain of dependently r...

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