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by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 125
Views: 2584

Re: The DJKR Topic

Before I am labelled an anti-DJKR hardliner, I have to confess (even though it has already become quite trendy around here) that I liked his first two books, really enjoyed his pictures and quite appreciated his teachings. Before the Sogyal calamity there was really no bone to pick at all. Nor have ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 125
Views: 2584

Re: The DJKR Topic

At this point it should be clear that part of what Dzongsar is doing is what's known as "trolling." It could also be called iconoclasm and attacking some remaining post-Trungpa sacred cows. But now he is not doing anything of the sort -- I mean, he is not toppling statues, is he? Either he is genui...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 125
Views: 2584

Re: The DJKR Topic

Today DJKR has posted on his FB a link to a lecture by Douglas Murray, a British journalist famous (or rather notorious) for his relentless support for the neoconservative cause. The topic of the lecture is the alleged irreconcilability of Islam and the "liberal West" (whatever it is). In the light ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 125
Views: 2584

Re: The DJKR Topic

Good questions, Greg. I would say the problem here is above all how our teachers present themselves and other teachers -- and what sort of explanations they give for their actions. And of course how they explain who they are and what they do shapes how we see them. I am willing to go for the traditi...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 125
Views: 2584

Re: The DJKR Topic

In the context of his response to the Sogyal debacle (which, tbh, I found much more off-putting) it is a mess. He is trying to eat his cake and have it at the same time. The Sogyal letter was along the lines of "your guru-qua-guru is a Buddha, that is all you need to know (and if you disregard it, y...
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4465
Views: 378196

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

There is no retreat scheduled for November. I would not assume anybody can turn up there in person and be admitted. For all we know, there may be no WWT event with Rinpoche in person at all. Any member of the DC can go to any gar any time. Sure enough. Unless the geko is very busy or out and no one...
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4465
Views: 378196

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

:namaste: everyone. I have a question that I think some of the people frequenting this thread might be able to help me with. Long story short, I would very much like to meet ChNNR in person, and receive the direct introduction. It looks like the next event, where he will be giving the DI, is the wo...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Confrontation with Heidegger
Replies: 20
Views: 645

Re: Confrontation with Heidegger

He writes about the dark retreat in his The Opening of Vision . While I do not know whether he still practices, in his writings he is rather consistent -- there is no major break between his first trilogy ( The Body's Recollection of Being / The Opening of Vision / The Listening Self ) and his last ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Confrontation with Heidegger
Replies: 20
Views: 645

Re: Confrontation with Heidegger

In case anyone wanted to actually find out what in Heidegger may be worthy of their appreciation, I wholeheartedly recommend David Michael Levin (later David Michael Kleinberg-Levin). "Gestalt Gestell Geviert: The Way of the Lighting," Chapter Four of Philosopher's Gaze , may be a good way to start:...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4596

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Wow. Now that must have pissed you off big time :tongue: Pissed off? Dear emaho, you are misreading my emotions. We surely disagree -- I happen to value Heidegger's thought a lot, flawed as it is (whose isn't?), and I do think (just as Arendt, Marcuse and others have thought) that he was occasional...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4596

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

TharpaChodron wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:07 am
The Clash did it well.
:heart: :heart: :heart:
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4596

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I have arrived at the conclusion that poor Martin is no different from Jean-Jacques in this respect. "Poor" Martin? Seriously? Yeah, let's get back to topic... Well, I had not thought the word "poor" would be controversial, but if you deem it so, have a look here: https://www.thefreedictionary.com/...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4596

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

That's all cool and I don't excuse Wagner's anti-Semitism, Heidegger's Nazism and Adams' defense of Trump. But that doesn't stop me from giving them credit where credit is due. That's back to the issue of man as a monolith. 'Coz it's not. I generally agree with you, if a philosophical work or a pie...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4596

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

That's all cool and I don't excuse Wagner's anti-Semitism, Heidegger's Nazism and Adams' defense of Trump. But that doesn't stop me from giving them credit where credit is due. That's back to the issue of man as a monolith. 'Coz it's not. :good: Says a fan of Heidegger, who at a time did support th...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: L ron gardner
Replies: 24
Views: 890

Re: L ron gardner

The poor sod is an Ayn Rand fan, too. As if the nonsense he spouts on Dzogchen were not enough...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4596

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I've read a report that actually there were quite a few people on the compound who had guns, I think even some of the musicians. But they were of absolutely no use to them, because they didn't even know where the attacker was, secondly from that distance they could not have had a clear shot at him ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Invocations for Harmony
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: Invocations for Harmony

DGA wrote:I don't want harmony.

I pray for the extinguishing of ignorance, hatred, and greed. With that, all can live harmoniously.

I do not wish to make peace with the ignorance, hatred, and greed that runs the world.
A lovely post.
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Middle Eastern & African refugees on Lesbos
Replies: 39
Views: 825

Re: Middle Eastern & African refugees on Lesbos

get back to me in 10 years and lets see how the assimilation is going...seems to be going so well in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden If assimilation is not going so well it is because there is little attempt to assimilate refugees and immigrants, thank goodness. What is needed is not assimilatio...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Middle Eastern & African refugees on Lesbos
Replies: 39
Views: 825

Re: Middle Eastern & African refugees on Lesbos

Illegal Immigration has to stop. No it doesn't. Western powers meddling in other countries affairs has to stop. People from active warzones should be granted asylum and go back after the conflicts are relatively pacified, You have no idea what asylum entails and what are the criteria for receiving ...