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by KathyLauren
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 65
Views: 3136

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

But if it’s all an illusion then that means it isn’t real, just like a mirage. I know everything is always changing and nothing stays the same, but that’s not what I mean. When someone calls something an illusion it means it isn’t reality. It doesn’t exist, it’s not real, just like my dreams. They ...
by KathyLauren
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: About translations and transliterations
Replies: 10
Views: 355

Re: About translations and transliterations

A translation substitutes the equivalent English language word for the foreign-language word, according to the translator's sense of the meaning. A transliteration keeps the foreign-language word, but substitutes Roman alphabet letters for the foreign letters, according to a formalized equivalence t...
by KathyLauren
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 65
Views: 3136

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

:good:

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: covid experiences
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: covid experiences

Australia has been lucky, as you may know, being (1) an island nation (2) a country with a first-world medical system and (3) a country with governments not afraid to risk unpopularity by enforcing lock-downs. (Re #3, by the way, state governments which dealt with it effectively have been rewarded ...
by KathyLauren
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 65
Views: 3136

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

If all that stuff is illusory then partaking in it is living a lie. You are saying we are pretending all of this is real, so we are living a lie. So then why work if it is a lie and so is money? Why love and care when that is also a lie and not real? Why do anything that we call living if it’s all ...
by KathyLauren
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 65
Views: 3136

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

My question then becomes "if gender is an illusion then is performing the steps to alleviate the process just living a lie because it isn't you"? how does one become authentic when the reality (ultimate) is that such a pursuit is living a lie? It's like saying I am attracted to men when gender is a...
by KathyLauren
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 65
Views: 3136

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Padma, your stomach ache example is a good one. One is not aware of gender identity unless there is a problem with it. Which is why the cisgender majority have no comprehension of gender identity: theirs is just fine, thank you very much. You talk about the obvious dichotomy between sex, which is bi...
by KathyLauren
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 65
Views: 3136

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

The stack exchange says that Buddhism says it's an illusion. Sure it is. Buddhism says that everything in the phenomenal world is an illusion. It is true, but so what? That does not mean that the phenomenal world and all the illusory things in it do not exist in their own way. During the Tang Dynas...
by KathyLauren
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism say about gender?
Replies: 65
Views: 3136

Re: What does Buddhism say about gender?

Buddhism says nothing about transgender issues, other than the standard moral code applicable to all situations: be compassionate. As far as Buddhism is concerned, gender is a secular issue, no more or less illusory than any other secular issue.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: rebirth and veganism
Replies: 51
Views: 1834

Re: rebirth and veganism

The problem with threads like this is that you cannot answer the question, "Is X sentient?" without first defining what YOU mean by sentient. The traditional Buddhist definition includes the six realms, and I see no reason not to go with that definition. I can see some justification for including pl...
by KathyLauren
Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: rebirth and veganism
Replies: 51
Views: 1834

Re: rebirth and veganism

In Buddhist teachings, sentient beings, which consist of gods, demi-gods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hell beings, are sentient and get reborn. In scientific literature, animals (including humans) are sentient. The only claims of sentience in plants come from popular culture, unsupported by ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Living a Meaningful Life
Replies: 12
Views: 662

Re: Living a Meaningful Life

It is all practice. Do you practise well at work? Do you practise well with your partner? It is not enough to practise well only on the meditation cushion. Everything you do gives you an opportunity to practise generosity, morality, patience, determination, mindfulness, and wisdom. Om mani padme hum...
by KathyLauren
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Self Defense
Replies: 146
Views: 5050

Re: Self Defense

While I would try to avoid conflict if I could, both for my own attachment to my life and to prevent an attacker from generating bad karma, I would fight back to the best of my ability if my life was in imminent danger. The way one teacher explained it to me, I have taken a bodhisattva vow, so I hav...
by KathyLauren
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Nice to Meet Everybody
Replies: 7
Views: 801

Re: Nice to Meet Everybody

Welcome, Michael!

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: GMO and right livelihood hi all,
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: GMO and right livelihood hi all,

Some GMO foods are probably harmful, and some aren't. So the Buddhist approach would be to avoid working in a business making the harmful ones.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Valentine's Day
Replies: 13
Views: 801

Re: Valentine's Day

Every day is a good day for love and chocolate. But if I didn't get my wife a card, she'd be mad at me. :shrug:

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?
Replies: 41
Views: 2612

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

I like how Buddhism fits well with science... Om mani padme hum Kathy Does it? I find a few problems with this, -all religions I know claim to be scientific -this claims makes Buddhism sound like it has to appeal to another authority -there are things, sometimes quite central, that are not quite ve...
by KathyLauren
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?
Replies: 41
Views: 2612

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

I got interested in Buddhism through my fascination for the counter-culture of the 1960s. I knew that Zen was a big thing then, so I bought a book on it. Everything it said rang true to me, so I followed up all the references in the bibliography and read them. The more I read, the more I liked it. I...
by KathyLauren
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two questions on Karma
Replies: 22
Views: 987

Re: Two questions on Karma

Karma is not about blaming the victim. The Buddha taught that trying to figure out what present circumstances are the result of karma and what ones aren't is "imponderable". Meaning that there is no way to come to any conclusion about it, and no good comes from trying. There is just no way of knowin...
by KathyLauren
Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Funeral Homes are Overwhelmed!
Replies: 13
Views: 633

Re: Funeral Homes are Overwhelmed

Even with good leadership, Americans will always put their personal wants ahead of the public good. You can debate which policies make it worse, but the problem is based on the values on which your nation was founded. Policies will not make it go away. This is not a uniquely American flaw. Example,...

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