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by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: the ethnic conflict in Burma
Replies: 108
Views: 13877

Re: the ethnic conflict in Burma

The point is, while Islam surely can be tantamount to a destructive ideology, it can also be, and in fact much more often than not is, something completely different. The same with Christianity, Judaism - and perhaps Buddhism. With fascism it's just not like that. You can't have tolerant and humane ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: the ethnic conflict in Burma
Replies: 108
Views: 13877

Re: the ethnic conflict in Burma

Some more light on the issue: http://www.zcommunications.org/democracy-and-slaughter-in-burma-gold-rush-overrides-human-rights-by-ramzy-baroud" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Thanks. I am still at a profound loss as to why **supposed** Buddhists on this forum have been engaged in jus...
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Precious Vase Book
Replies: 8
Views: 1674

Re: Precious Vase Book

The actual guidance is not very elaborate. Not bad but the book on the 21 Semdzins and the one on the Rushan, Lojong and Semdzins are more detailed. Their instructions are also a bit different. It appears that Precious Vase is the authoritative text here, not the earlier publications. That's what I...
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: the ethnic conflict in Burma
Replies: 108
Views: 13877

Re: the ethnic conflict in Burma

Some more light on the issue:
http://www.zcommunications.org/democrac ... mzy-baroud" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Bimala in the EU
Replies: 4
Views: 1913

Re: Bimala in the EU

Bimala: is it available anywhere in the EU? There's a few American sites that are willing to ship it to the Old World, but I'm a bit afraid of customs officers destroying the parcel as soon as they find out what's inside. And in Europe bimala does seem remarkably hard to find: Shang Shung Institute...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 16944

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

Humans have been programmed to love corporate capitalism. They look to it for solutions without the perspective that it is the problem. In the major English speaking countries except possibly New Zealand this is true. Germany and France less so. Corporate power is generally suspect in Germany, Aust...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Bimala in the EU
Replies: 4
Views: 1913

Bimala in the EU

Bimala: is it available anywhere in the EU? There's a few American sites that are willing to ship it to the Old World, but I'm a bit afraid of customs officers destroying the parcel as soon as they find out what's inside. And in Europe bimala does seem remarkably hard to find: Shang Shung Institute ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 16944

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

Nemo wrote:This is the true face of capitalism. I think it may be time to look at alternatives.
High time. Last time, very likely.
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 24764

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

catmoon wrote:And just to confuse things further, let us note that Western psychology is presently borrowing extensively from Buddhist thought.
Little wonder. There's plenty of Buddhist practices which can help one function better in one's samsaric life.
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?
Replies: 140
Views: 16896

Re: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?

Simon E. wrote:Please refer to my post sir...retention of, and conservation of semen is not, repeat not, a requirement in Dzogchen.
Whether one has recognized rigpa or not.
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lesbian couple to take vows
Replies: 2
Views: 527

Re: Lesbian couple to take vows

Neat. Thanks for posting.
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 32 marks of a Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 5581

Re: 32 marks of a Buddha

I don't know, but for me this sounds weird. At the end of the day the differenciation between men and women are illusory, but it appears that some sutras ignore this. I don't like a religion where only men can do the best part. But that's my opinion, and I would like to know a better interpretation...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marriage & Opposite Sex Friendships
Replies: 7
Views: 1302

Re: Marriage & Opposite Sex Friendships

I was wondering about what everyone's opinion here is about a married person having a friendship with a member of the opposite sex --Assuming that neither is attracted to the other in the least. My opinion on the matter is that it just isn't possible. Life trumps your opinion. 100% perfectly possib...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 16944

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

People seemed to be quite capable and willing to chop down lots of trees in 1895. We also had Sears catalogs and all sorts of things. True there were less people, more of them had to work on farms, and they didn't have kindles or ipads but that didn't mean that it was a Dark Age. Yet, if you try to...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?
Replies: 140
Views: 16896

Re: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?

Since internet forum buddhism is a much more violent activity than "real life" buddhism", you'll see most women will either be not interested in it from the start, or lose interest very quickly, imho. I disagree with online Buddhism being more violent, honestly. I don't think it's that at all. In m...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: the ethnic conflict in Burma
Replies: 108
Views: 13877

Re: the ethnic conflict in Burma

I do not have Islamophobia. I have monotheist-O-phobia. I think all monotheistic religions have (so far) done more harm than good to the world. Well, I know very well where you're coming from. I was brought up in a nominally Catholic urban Poland, which since my childhood has rather shockingly beco...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: the ethnic conflict in Burma
Replies: 108
Views: 13877

Re: the ethnic conflict in Burma

Indeed, there is a pattern: rampant Islamaphobia is very comfortable on Buddhist forums. As some may know, I like a good argument, especially a philosophical or political one. But this is not the terrain that warrants a reasoned response. One cannot reason with irrational hatred. The things that ar...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?
Replies: 140
Views: 16896

Re: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?

The existence of a body of thought within the Buddhist corpus which values the Feminine ( whether it values females is a separate issue, the evidence is that it sort of doesn't ) ) should not distract from the evidence that this body of thought has risen in response to the overwhelmingly life/body/...
by treehuggingoctopus
Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?
Replies: 140
Views: 16896

Re: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?

I recommend that those that view the process of sex and birth and everything female as negative and vulgar to go read the Vajrayogini Tantra. It goes a little (that's an understatement) beyond the second turning teachings of the Buddha. :namaste: If one wants to see the difference between sutra tea...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist or not - poll
Replies: 51
Views: 6550

Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Buddhist. That's what I'd say if you pressed me to confess, in any case. It's not an exclusivist identification, though. When asked (and when it's OK to give the facts openly), I usually say I practice Buddhism. Unless I'm talking to someone who might know what Dzogchen is, in which case I say I pra...

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