Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Istanbul Story - Boston Gay Men's Chorus

Via Instinct: The Dalai Lama Approves Same-Sex Marriage, Says Bullying And Homophobia Is What's Wrong

The Dalai Lama has taken Pope Francis' softened approach to modern civil rights for the LGBT community and raised the stakes. Significantly. 

In a sit down interview for Larry King Now, His Holiness says same-sex marriage is fine—it's really bullying and homophobia that is morally wrong. 

When asked about homosexuality in general and gay rights (with a lead in from Russia's current War on Gays), the Dalai Lama responds:
"That's a personal matter. People who have a special tradition, you should follow according to your own tradition. ... But non-believer, that's up to them. Different form of sex? So long as it's safe, okay! And fully agreed, okay! Bullied? Abused? That's what is wrong. That's a violation of human rights."
When asked about same-sex marriage rights, the Dalai Lama replies:
"That's up to the countries' laws. It's okay, I think individual business. If a couple really feels that way, practical, satisfaction ... if both sides fully agree, then okay!"
Make the jump here to  read the full article and get the video

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Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do Dia- Flor del Día - Flower of the Day 18/10/2015

“Você já ouviu alguém dizer que Deus mora dentro e muito provavelmente acredita nisso. Porém, no nível mais profundo, você não tem certeza disso e acredita que Deus é um controlador punitivo, um tirano cruel que não hesita em te castigar e te lançar ao sofrimento. A grande maioria das pessoas carrega essa imagem reforçada pelas grandes tradições religiosas que nos ensinam a temer Deus e a andar na linha para não sermos punidos. E mesmo que você não pertença a nenhuma religião, essa crença lhe é transmitida através da figura de autoridade dos pais. E isso inevitavelmente é projetado na sua imagem de Deus.”

“Ya escuchaste a alguien decir que Dios vive dentro y muy probablemente crees en eso. Sin embargo, en un nivel más profundo, no tienes certeza de ello y crees que Dios es un controlador punitivo, un cruel tirano que no duda en castigarte y lanzarte al sufrimiento. La gran mayoría de las personas carga con esta imagen reforzada por las grandes tradiciones religiosas que nos enseñan a temer a Dios y a caminar en línea recta para no ser castigados. E incluso si no perteneces a ninguna religión, esta creencia te es transmitida a través de la figura de autoridad de los padres. Y esto inevitablemente es proyectado en tu imagen de Dios.”

“You have already heard that God lives within, and it’s likely that you believe this to be true. But on a deeper level, you’re not so sure about this and you believe that God is a controlling punisher. You see God as a cruel tyrant that doesn’t hesitate to punish you and cast you into suffering. The vast majority of people carry this image within them, and it is reinforced by the great religious traditions that teach us to fear God and to stay in line so as to avoid punishment. Even if you don’t belong to any religion, this belief is transmitted to you through your parents’ authoritative figure. Eventually, this gets projected onto your own image of God.”

Today's Daily Dharma: What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught
The Buddha taught that we should practice helping others while cultivating deep concentration, compassion, and wisdom. He further taught that enlightenment is not a mystical, transcendent experience but an ongoing process, calling for intimacy and transparency; and that suffering diminishes when confusion and fear change into openness and strength.
—Joan Halifax, "The Lucky Dark"
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