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by KathyLauren
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: New here with question on Gay
Replies: 43
Views: 1013

Re: New here with question on Gay

I fear that in not being obvious enough I’ll never get a boyfriend and live happily ever after (please don’t laugh) and that the older I get the more time I’m losing out on and it will eventually be too late. Or what if I mess up like the first time (I still have regret about how I hurt him)? What ...
by KathyLauren
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: New here with question on Gay
Replies: 43
Views: 1013

Re: New here with question on Gay

I fit into several of the letters in the LGBTQ+ "alphabet soup". And I have been a Buddhist for more than 40 years. There is no contradiction there. There is nothing in Buddhism that says it is not okay to be gay. But there are teachings that say it is not okay to hate yourself. We are taught to tre...
by KathyLauren
Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 8 months of no rain!
Replies: 16
Views: 628

Re: 8 months of no rain!

I used to live on an island off the west coast of Canada. That area has an undeserved reputation for being rainy all the time. But those particular islands are in a rain shadow of mountains on Vancouver Island, and experience very dry summers. While we were there, there were a couple of years with n...
by KathyLauren
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2397

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

Certainly a person can be nominally a Christian/Jew/Muslim and a Buddhist at the same time. Most people who claim allegiance to one of those traditions do so only loosely anyway, so one's adherence to them might be no different from that of the majority. But it is only by leaving out the hard parts ...
by KathyLauren
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Suffering & Goals
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: Suffering & Goals

I just took a Mindvalley masterclass with Srikumar Rao, a business school professor and philosopher. In the class, he talks about what the purpose of a goal really is: to get us is the direction we're trying to go. He says that it's important to set a stretch goal: a goal that is going to take some...
by KathyLauren
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Suffering & Goals
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: Suffering & Goals

Hi, I'm absolutely new to Buddhism and learning about it. So please don't bite. My understanding is that Buddhism teaches suffering. But if the goal is to end suffering at all, then why must one have a goal? I wont suffer with or without a goal. What am I missing here? Please enlighten me. I'm happ...
by KathyLauren
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: The correct place
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: The correct place

Welcome, BCluxor.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Om Mani Padme Hum
Replies: 16
Views: 502

Re: Om Mani Padme Hum

"Om mani padme hum" is the mantra of Chenrezi. Saying it is, in effect, calling his name. Since Chenrezi is the bodhisattva of compassion, the mantra is an invocation of compassion. It states your intention to make compassion for all sentient beings arise in you. That is the reason that I sign my po...
by KathyLauren
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1240

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

workbalance wrote: Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:57 pm a 'divine joke' that amuses the permanent reality.
Define this alleged permanent reality.

If there were such a thing, it would not be amused by suffering. Amusement and suffering are temporary conditions. How could a permanent reality be affected by them?

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1240

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

Whereby the associated "suffering" of the lower self is exactly the amusement of the higher, permanent self. But is this point of view somehow supported in Buddhism? The view that there is a permanent self at all, whether "higher" or "lower" is not supported in Buddhism. Any view that proposes a pe...
by KathyLauren
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1240

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

Aging is just aging. It isn't suffering, nor does it cause suffering. It is simply a biological process. The suffering is being dissatisfied with aging, or with the impermanence that it reveals. There is nothing wrong with impermanence. It is the way things are. But the attachment to the idea that t...
by KathyLauren
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner
Replies: 45
Views: 3335

Re: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner

Recently I found out that with using flax seed flour it is super easy to create thick sauces I would normally use potato/corn starch to make. Makes me super excited as flax seeds contain omega3's and also other useful things so it adds a nutritional value to my meals. Unfortunately, cooking destroy...
by KathyLauren
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Backyard Astronomers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1211

Re: Backyard Astronomers?

Nice. Planetary imaging set up. Capturing AVI’s What do you think about the x2 Barlow? Does it downgraded the image, and do you lighten up with histogram in processing? Amazonis, mare sirenum, mare Erythraeum, coprates, Southern Hemisphere regions? The barlow is essential to get decent resolution. ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Backyard Astronomers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1211

Re: Backyard Astronomers?

That’s fantastic, what’s the technical stuff? RGB filters, exposure length, telescope size, camera, photoshop, registax? That type of stuff. Thanks. Celestron C-11, operating with a 2x barlow at 5600mm focal length; ZWO ASI120MC camera (colour, so no RGB filters); Best 10% of 5000 frames, taken at ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Backyard Astronomers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1211

Re: Backyard Astronomers?

This is my best Mars for this year. Seeing was poor, so the focus is off.
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by KathyLauren
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A Need To Believe?
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: A Need To Believe?

It is certainly possible that some people need to believe that. Like most of samsara, it is a hindrance. Certainly, I believe that the tradition I follow is correct, and that it is the best one for me to be following at this time in my life. It would be rather silly to follow it if I didn't so belie...
by KathyLauren
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coming to terms with Homosexuality
Replies: 40
Views: 2020

Re: Coming to terms with Homosexuality

There are no terms to come to. You are who you are, and that is okay. The fact that you have trouble accepting it means that you feel there is something wrong with who you are. You are not going to accept yourself until you can identify and overcome those beliefs of wrongness. Start by trying to ide...
by KathyLauren
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Backyard Astronomers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1211

Re: Backyard Astronomers?

Danny wrote: Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:36 pm Awesome! Kathy you got dark skies?
Pretty dark. Bortle 2 on a good night. More often Bortle 3.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Backyard Astronomers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1211

Re: Backyard Astronomers?

Heck, yeah!

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Om mani padme hum
Kathy

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