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by shaunc
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Morality
Replies: 61
Views: 807

Re: Buddhist Morality

New user here, know little about Buddhism. Here's a thought experiment which may with your help expand my understanding. Let's say I've stolen my neighbor's car. Unless you correct me, I'll assume for now that Buddhism would advise me to return it. Let's say my father stole the car and gave it to m...
by shaunc
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:40 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: A project for the benefit of homeless people
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: A project for the benefit of homeless people

Yeah the meth and heroin show up a lot for us also. We've lost a number of our regulars at the pantry to it, kills the folks with houses too. I had never seen track marks up close until I started at the pantry. Have to give full marks to the Maryland Food Bank, this year they have really stepped up...
by shaunc
Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Chinese buddhism in English
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Chinese buddhism in English

Venerable Wuling has written a few books in English and is also on Facebook. She was born American but is a nun in the Chinese pureland tradition.
by shaunc
Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Could Ikeda "become" a tulku?
Replies: 9
Views: 795

Re: Could Ikeda "become" a tulku?

I can't speak for ikeda specifically but the Japanese people are the 2nd highest rate of cigarette smoking per capita in the world.
Funnily enough they also have the lowest cancer rate and are also one of the longest lived people in the world.
Maybe due to diet or genetics or a combination of both
by shaunc
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2299

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

My wife is a practising catholic and I've been practising Buddhism since before we met. Next august we've been married for 20 years. I go to mass with her at Christmas and Easter and she occasionally accompanies me to the Thai buddhist temple. Neither of us has ever been the recipient of any animos...
by shaunc
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2299

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

My wife is a practising catholic and I've been practising Buddhism since before we met. Next august we've been married for 20 years. I go to mass with her at Christmas and Easter and she occasionally accompanies me to the Thai buddhist temple. Neither of us has ever been the recipient of any animos...
by shaunc
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2299

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

My wife is a practising catholic and I've been practising Buddhism since before we met. Next august we've been married for 20 years. I go to mass with her at Christmas and Easter and she occasionally accompanies me to the Thai buddhist temple. Neither of us has ever been the recipient of any animosi...
by shaunc
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Any experience with Zenways? They claim that 50 to 60% of participants discover their true nature after a retreat.
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Re: Any experience with Zenways? They claim that 50 to 60% of participants discover their true nature after a retreat.

In my life experience anything that sounds to good to be true usually is. I do not know this man and have never heard of him before but I call BS.
by shaunc
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Backyard Gardening
Replies: 292
Views: 61728

Re: Backyard Gardening

I planted up this years vegetable garden about a month ago. So far, so good. I've only lost one tomato seedling and one pumpkin seedling to birds, but I suppose they've got to eat too, I just wish they'd eat somewhere else. Zucchinis, pumpkin, eggplant, tomato and silver beet. I gave my chooks the f...
by shaunc
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pig kneels in front of a Buddhist temple in China
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: Pig kneels in front of a Buddhist temple in China

Pigs are quite an intelligent animal. It wouldn't surprise me that it was imitating people who were prostrating themselves in front of the temple.
by shaunc
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 42
Views: 1645

Re: Ageism or common sense?

A person who is enlightened probably has no ambition whatsoever to be a political leader.
Mixing politics and religion is usually not a good idea.
by shaunc
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 42
Views: 1645

Re: Ageism or common sense?

I'm approaching 57 years old and I do believe in a compulsory retirement age for any job. In my country it used to be 65 however our government has stopped that and now encourages people to work until they drop dead. However even when we had compulsory retirement politicians and religious leaders we...
by shaunc
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist pest control
Replies: 12
Views: 836

Re: Buddhist pest control

It depends on which pests. Mint works well for ants. Broken egg shells work in the garden for snails and slugs, chilli and garlic are pretty good repellents for pumpkin beetle
by shaunc
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thoughts from a social philosopher
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

Re: Thoughts from a social philosopher

I'm a union member and have been since I started working at 15 years old. At one job I had I was the union delegate about 20 years ago. There is a problem with young people not wanting to be members mainly because they think why should I pay $20/week to the union when the guys not paying get exactl...
by shaunc
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thoughts from a social philosopher
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

Re: Thoughts from a social philosopher

I'm a union member and have been since I started working at 15 years old. At one job I had I was the union delegate about 20 years ago. There is a problem with young people not wanting to be members mainly because they think why should I pay $20/week to the union when the guys not paying get exactly...
by shaunc
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: is masturbation sexual misconduct?
Replies: 15
Views: 1803

Re: is masturbation sexual misconduct?

If it makes you feel any better, I've always considered it as a hobby.
by shaunc
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Did the Buddha teach against killing a being quickly out of mercy?
Replies: 23
Views: 1819

Re: Did the Buddha teach against killing a being quickly out of mercy?

From a Buddhist perspective the taking of any life generates a certain amount of bad karma. Having said that the fact remains that watching an animal suffer needlessly must also generate a certain amount of bad karma. I put down a dog about a year ago, well I paid a vet to do it and yes, no doubt I ...
by shaunc
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Life of Master Shinran
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: Life of Master Shinran

Thanks for posting this video.
by shaunc
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Death in the family
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Re: Death in the family

Best wishes to you and your partner and extended family .
I'll dedicate my nembutsu to him tonight.
by shaunc
Mon May 25, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 54
Views: 3418

Re: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?

Dgj wrote: Fri May 22, 2020 1:52 am What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Either nichiren or shin imo.

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