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by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 6272

Re: Socialism & Communism

Bookchin self-identified as an anarchist. Anarchism is libertarian socialism. "Left" as used in left biocentrism, means anti-industrial and anti-capitalist, but not necessarily socialist. Again, depends on how you construe the label. Orton was right, in his time, to distance himself from the neolib...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 6272

Re: Socialism & Communism

Mélenchon is just an old school leftist. The old left is precisely what Orton is criticizing. Even Bookchin departed from his old left roots in the formation of his libertarian municipalism (with which I am sympathetic, but think it is too anthropocentric), despite his trenchant materialism. Frankl...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 6272

Re: Socialism & Communism

Orton's piece was written a few years ago, and it seems to me that he is familiar mostly with the American scene. Also, he uses a very narrow definition of ecosocialism. Lots and lots of people within European socialist movements of various stripes have been becoming more and more enthusiastic about...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 6272

Re: Socialism & Communism

Sorry, but this ecological irrationality is built into each system. In the market distribution of commodities (capitalism) and the social distribution of commodities (socialism), the environment always loses. It does not take much to reframe socialism in such a way that it accords with biocentrism....
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 6272

Re: Socialism & Communism

Both capitalism and socialism are ecologically irrational systems. Yes, but neither one has to be. Sorry, but this ecological irrationality is built into each system. In the market distribution of commodities (capitalism) and the social distribution of commodities (socialism), the environment alway...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4719
Views: 400531

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Please flag my posts for the moderators if they've crossed the line. What is the limit in this regard? Various practices are frequently mentioned here, is it just that specific practices and procedures of SMS specifically shouldn't be discussed? Rinpoche is averse to his students discussing Dzogche...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 6272

Re: Socialism & Communism

French REvolution > Reign of Terror > Napoleonic dictatorship. Bolshevism > purges > Stalinism. "People's revolution" > purges, Cultural Revolution > Maoist dictatorship. Firstly, these three debacles do not show the one and only way things develop. Secondly, none of them was socialist to begin wit...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4719
Views: 400531

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Guys, switch to PMs. SMS practices are not to be talked about on open message boards.
climb-up wrote:The SMS Base practices and requirements are available publicly, so I believe this is an acceptable place to ask
The SMS practices should not be available publicly.
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right
Replies: 103
Views: 3436

Re: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right

He was trying to save a Buddhist country—and Buddhism itself—from the same force that demolished Tibet. He was trying to set up his petty little empire. A murderous, crazed warlord, is what he was. I strongly doubt he had much respect for Buddhism. In the early 1920s nobody knew -- or could have kn...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4719
Views: 400531

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Aryjna wrote:I missed a part from the second line of the element purification until maybe a few lines in the seven line prayer, because of the connection. The rest was fine, only audio though. Do I still have the transmission?
Of course you do.
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4719
Views: 400531

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Seems I am a lucky bastard today, it started to work around R&B, worked like a marvel till the very end. :twothumbsup:
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:00 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 4719
Views: 400531

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

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by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 12392

Re: Lama Norha

But my point was different, and still stands: our gurus need to be realistic about who we are as well. And we are, most or at least great many of us, deeply troubled persons. I think you will find that our teachers are realistic about about who we are, that is why they give us those dumb ass high s...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5453

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

How could the unconditioned be an object of the mind? How could it not? if it is not, it is unknowable and unrealisable. The unconditioned cannot be a direct object of the mind. It can only be inferred by the mind. Unconditioned space is an absence of obstruction. It cannot be directly perceived. C...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5453

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

Nirvana\nibbana is an object of mind but only skandhas of sila-samadhi-prajna are able to see it. There is a great deal of misreading "asamskrita". Are you sure you are expressing a Mahayana view here? Non abiding nirvana recognized in Mahayana is far more broad than that of Lesser vehicle. If the ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness
Replies: 188
Views: 5453

Re: Tantra vs Sutra Emptiness

Emptiness is unconditioned as well as being an object of mind and the true nature of all phenomena. How could the unconditioned be an object of the mind? Nirvana\nibbana is an object of mind but only skandhas of sila-samadhi-prajna are able to see it. There is a great deal of misreading "asamskrita...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 12392

Re: Lama Norha

Perhaps it is best in the West to see Gurus as conduits, as kind providers of access to the Buddhas and Dharma, not as living Buddhas themselves, to be obeyed at all costs. The teachings are adamant here. The blessing we get depends on the image of the guru we hold, cultivate and cherish, fullstop....
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 12392

Re: Lama Norha

Yes, in the West people tend to see Buddhism as a type of psychotherapy, but it is not. It is the ultimate therapy, of the one-to-rule-them-all sort. This leads to all sorts of problems since people approach Buddhism (and Buddhist teachers) with a whole lot of misconceptions and expectations and su...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 12392

Re: Lama Norha

The other thing that is important to take into consideration here is that Buddhism is not therapy, when a patient comes to me it is assumed that they have mental health issues that effect their normal personal and social functioning, this is not the case with Buddhism. I think it definitely should ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama Norlha
Replies: 315
Views: 12392

Re: Lama Norha

As a psychologist of counselor, do you believe that your role as a source of healing or psychological refuge should be used to convince or manipulate lady patients into giving you sexual favors? If the answer is no (which I certainly hope!) then why would you hold a Lama—whose responsibility is eve...