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by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The value of regression hypnosis?
Replies: 18
Views: 2012

Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Hi, I have seen many videos about people remembering past lives during hypnosis. This does seem like an easier method of finding out about one's past lives than experiencing them during deep meditation. I honestly doubt you'll find anything useful through any 'regressive' therapies. I know, however...
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Belief in god increases with age.
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Re: Belief in god increases with age.

It should come as no surprise that as the Grim Reaper approaches, people pay more attention to religion. The real question is, do they do so more than they used to? If so, is it simply due to an aging population? Another good question is, why exactly do they do so? I wouldn't read it as a sign of s...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are religious Americans really this stupid?
Replies: 31
Views: 3718

Re: Are religious Americans really this stupid?

You know, I insulted no one. I didn't exactly laugh at JPII either, I laughed at his being described as 'blessed' - which is a wildly inaccurate description, IMO. And I see no reason whatsoever why I shouldn't criticise religious leaders - just as I see no reason to forbid those who feel like doing ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are religious Americans really this stupid?
Replies: 31
Views: 3718

Re: Are religious Americans really this stupid?

Blessed. Right. :rolling: Not cool brah. Why exactly not cool, pray explain? JPII hype is utter and complete bollocks. The truth is that's the guy who: 1. all his life strove hard to undo the liberal Second Vatican Council reforms and replace it with a hard, well-defined and centred party line 2. w...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Translating "Dzogchenpa"
Replies: 138
Views: 14310

Re: Translating "Dzogchenpa"

Jikan wrote:it was a rock lobster
The thought has crossed my mind.
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are religious Americans really this stupid?
Replies: 31
Views: 3718

Re: Are religious Americans really this stupid?

Wesley1982 wrote:
treehuggingoctopus wrote:
plwk wrote:Watch this and find out...
It's not an American problem only. I only wish one conducted such a survey in some European countries - Poland, for instance . . .
Poland is where blessed Pope John Paul II originated from.
Blessed. Right. :rolling:
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Translating "Dzogchenpa"
Replies: 138
Views: 14310

Re: Translating "Dzogchenpa"

Lhug-Pa wrote:harmful-for-the-Nadis sorts of sexual-ish behaviors
which behaviours include masturbation and gay/lesbian sex as opposed to regular straight fun?

Who told you that? A Dzogchen teacher?
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Translating "Dzogchenpa"
Replies: 138
Views: 14310

Re: Translating "Dzogchenpa"

In an ideal world, we would all remain celibate and chaste with Yoga practices and Pranayama, etc. until we are shown in Meditation Visions, Clairvoyance, or Dream Yoga who we should seek out as sexual partners. But since that is not the case for most people, even many Yogins, the next best thing i...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are religious Americans really this stupid?
Replies: 31
Views: 3718

Re: Are religious Americans really this stupid?

plwk wrote:Watch this and find out...
It's not an American problem only. I only wish one conducted such a survey in some European countries - Poland, for instance . . .
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 109362

Re: Buddhism on God

I think even on the most basic level, a certain amount of belief is required: to experiment with any degree of efficacy, one also has to assume that there is something true or meaningful in the 4NT's. More and more it appears to me that the way we use such words as 'belief', 'believing', 'faith', e...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 109362

Re: Buddhism on God

Mint, Dechen Norbu, did you guys happen to hear Rinpoche's teaching on the last day of the recent retreat? http://www.freezecast.com/replay/index.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; He addressed the very topic that you two are debating (in context of course). Not really -- what he sa...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 109362

Re: Buddhism on God

If there is a Creator then He is Other than Creation. If He is Other than Creation then He cannot be described, limited, or circumscribed by created categories or definitions. "Purpose" and "rationality" are categories created by the sentient human mind. The sentient human mind is a created thing. ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there such a thing as almost pure evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 2270

Re: Is there such a thing as almost pure evil?

gregkavarnos wrote:There is pleasant or painful, joy or suffering, etc... but not good and evil.
And Buddhas be thanked for that. There are few concepts as useless, puerile, misleading and infinitely dangerous as the good and evil thing.
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 109362

Re: Is it possible to be a Budhist and believe in God?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!

How many times! :tantrum:
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Seek To Be Lamps Unto Yourselves
Replies: 72
Views: 7577

Re: Seek To Be Lamps Unto Yourselves

Jax wrote:You moron, I explained it in exact detail. Ok, ok... You are a bit slow, I get it.
:rules:
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Catmoon
Replies: 16
Views: 1100

Re: Catmoon

Many happy returns -

- said the squid to the Cat :-)
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Bimala
Replies: 7
Views: 1649

Re: Bimala

Thanks, Namdrol-la. :bow:
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Bimala
Replies: 7
Views: 1649

Re: Bimala

Thank you guys. One more silly question: how much are you supposed to take? Would one pill per day be enough?
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: ChNNR's Green Tara practice
Replies: 11
Views: 1782

Re: ChNNR's Green Tara practice

Pero wrote:
treehuggingoctopus wrote:According to the booklet, some mantras are Adzom Drukpa's, and some are His.
I think just that very nice invocation is his. But the practice in general is Adzom Drugpa's terma.
I bow before the greater knowledge of my Vajra sibling :-)
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: ChNNR's Green Tara practice
Replies: 11
Views: 1782

Re: ChNNR's Green Tara practice

According to the booklet, some mantras are Adzom Drukpa's, and some are His.