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by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6472
Views: 609378

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Going smoothly.
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6472
Views: 609378

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Video working, audio kaput.

EDIT: Audio working. Wo-ho!
by treehuggingoctopus
Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6472
Views: 609378

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

First no audio, now crashed completely.
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 21573

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

Gladly, most Muslims are peaceful people who ignore these parts of their religion. We can't reduce Islam to those unhappy passages of the Qu'ran. That would be stupid. There are wonders in the Muslim world. There are great Muslims who love peace and tolerance, in the past and present. This is what ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 21573

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

Has anyone else noticed a kind of peristalsis of intolerance on this forum? A dog whistle post will go up about gender orientation. That will blow up. As it's dying down, another dog whistle will sound about a certain quarter of monotheism. Rinse thoroughly, then repeat. Yup. That's precisely what ...
by treehuggingoctopus
Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Economic growth and happiness.
Replies: 7
Views: 1007

Re: Economic growth and happiness.

Well, firstly, increased economic output/GNP don't mean that the lives of China's average joes get better. The wages very seldom rise more than prices do, and the government doesn't spend on welfare state more than it used to - actually, it spends much less. The minimal social benefits are being dis...
by treehuggingoctopus
Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

To me HH's position is pretty clear as I have heard it. He is against discrimmination but feels that he cannot unilaterally change the ancient Mahayana commentaries (in this case by Vasubhandu I think) without a broader consultation with the Buddhist community. That's precisely why I drew a paralle...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 21573

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

Oh, that's simply brilliant: 'an insane Copt and his equally insane buddies pissed us off' - or, if you will, 'we're so very angry at the US and the West which sucks up to the American boss' - 'so we'll destroy some Buddhist temples'. That logic, how irresistble it is. One just has to love the funda...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: is this the jist of born again christianity?
Replies: 30
Views: 4344

Re: is this the jist of born again christianity?

Or Don Cupitt:

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by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Is Dzogchen really beyond cause and effect?
Replies: 114
Views: 16762

Re: Is Dzogchen really beyond cause and effect?

I don't know anything, about anything, including Dzogchen, but I have a good line of blah blah, and so, like a wind chime sounds when struck by the wind, when the wind of words on DW strikes my accumulated conceptions, something sounds off. If my blah blah makes sense to someone, and clarifies thei...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

Agreeing to disagree means respecting other's right to have their own views, even if you don't think that the other individual's views have any validity or integrity. Everyone's entitled to their own thoughts. What I refuse to accept is that you have any right to make divisive, bigoted statements o...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

Actually, probably all the best writing, music, theater and visual arts are created by straight people, don't you think? And science. And cooking. And calligraphy, of course. Because LGBTQ people, you know, are a tiny bit substandard. Nearly, but not really fully, purely, perfectly human. Almost, b...
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

gregkavarnos wrote:Shouldn't there be a clause in the ToS about racism, homophobia, etc...?
Seconded. Very much so.
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

Lhug-Pa wrote:
Lhug-Pa wrote:You're free to view that as only my opinion of course.
And Rinpoche is married to a woman afterall. :yinyang:
Of course. And every man married to a woman is 100% straight. :mrgreen:
by treehuggingoctopus
Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

At any rate, the best Nyingma writings I'm sure were written by straight Lamas. Wow. I really don't know what to say. :applause: Btw, how do you check whether the autor of a given text is straight or not? Is it the number of adjectives, just as some claim it was with Ernest 'the manly man' Hemingwa...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

Yudron wrote:Here is an example of a gay man’s fun trip there recently: http://www.stickyrice.ws/?view=tg_tibet" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
:cheers:
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

It is very doubtful that H.H. the Dalai Lama is merely trying to "appease conservatives" on this issue. Yes H.H. the Dalai Lama often speaks in laymen's terms so to speak in order to not go over the heads of the majority of his listeners, however this is different. We'll have to agree to dsagree he...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

Still a strawman. To make comparisons to bible-belt fundamentalists is plain silliness. So what if bible-belt fundamentalists also happen to disagree with homosexuality. I'm opposed to just about everything that bible-belt fundamentalists and neo-conservatives stand for. I never said you aren't. Wh...
by treehuggingoctopus
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?
Replies: 125
Views: 19076

Re: How do gay Buddhists explain this one?

No strawman at all, Lhug-Pa. You're manipulating language so as to pass for a 'liberal' even though your views are deeply conservative. Not every Bible Belt fundamentalist is a frank outspoken redneck. The more educated ones tend to be quite skilled at language exploitation. As (in)famously is ND. A...

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