among some of my fellow professors, i circulated a few copies of an article about that.
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that new "law" is. as if it is to be taken seriously by anyone with more than one neuron in their skull?!!
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i'm not necessarily sold on reincarnation either, elko. however, reincarnation makes more sense than ascending into some glorious gold & pearl city in the heavens where i can enjoy ever-lasting peace and love with all "believers"---while everyone else burns for eternity in hellfire, damnation, and reruns of reality tv shows.
interestingly, i recently read where approximately 20% of americans believe in reincarnation. that number really surprised me. (the survey was from a reputable company)
the Dalai Lama is too cool to be believed. during one of the Q & A sessions after a recent talk, a young american told him about her joy of converting from Christianity to Buddhism. he told her she should have stayed with her Christian upbringing!!....something about all major religions teaching the same lessons.
if you haven't seen "Seven Years In Tibet" i strongly
recommend it. besides the insane eye-candy of a young Brad Pitt, the movie is fact-based and shows painfully well how China invaded Tibet, and what happend to the Dalai Lama. some amazing acting in the movie, really quite amazing.
if i may try to take this topic one step further down the road:
China is to host the olympics soon.
-take a look at the numbers on their human trafficking problem.
-take a look at how their pollution impacts billions of people.
-take a look at this whole problem with Tibet.
-is there ANY source that will accurately reflect the number of state executions?
-last week a young couple was recently fined ~$660 because they actually kissed in public!! *gasp*
there is a growing contingency of people who are protesting China hosting olympic games.
ideologically, i say: go for it.
pragmatically, you may as well give me a handfull of smoke---no way it's going to happen.
(and honestly, if China's sins should prevent them from hosting the games, what about the USA?...i mean... :ph34r: