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by well wisher
Sat May 25, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Parlez-Vous le Français?
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Parlez-Vous le Français?

Bonjour! Ca va bien, mes amis?

(voir aussi google traduction et autres services en ligne similaires).
by well wisher
Sat May 25, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation with nature sounds
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: Meditation with nature sounds

Similar experience here. When I go outside to sit on a bench at my local park , then let go of my wandering thoughts, and focus only on my breath, or mental recitation of a Buddha's name. For those moments there I stop worrying about daily life matters (like economy, jobs, food, video games competit...
by well wisher
Sat May 25, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 278
Views: 18678

Re: Great Vegan Debate

This is just me and some of my family member's opinion: we are very leery of any synthetically man-made substance, so that includes any supplements. By natural, we mean that it needs to be from natural sources which grows from the earth - i.e formerly living plants or animals. It is like we trust li...
by well wisher
Sat May 25, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 278
Views: 18678

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Just for reference: Vitamin B12 deficiency seems to be easily resolved by drinking milk. And I found many sources all over the internet that has indicated that Shakyamuni Buddha and his historical Sangha has indeed consumed milk. It is not 100% vegan, but please note that organic cows milk productio...
by well wisher
Fri May 24, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upcoming book: "Hidden Zen"
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: Upcoming book: "Hidden Zen"

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and tips in the books. May your book production and sales be successful!
by well wisher
Mon May 20, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for Dad
Replies: 8
Views: 1052

Re: Prayers for Dad

May your dad live happily and healthily, with minimized pains and suffering from medical conditions and human body limtations. May all Buddhists be able to reach the Buddha's pure land of their choosing on the time of their bodily death without any obstructions! May all sentient beings be liberated ...
by well wisher
Sun May 19, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 66
Views: 2113

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

Well we live in a mostly globally-intertwined society, so "Humanity First" and Globalism trends might be unavoidable, at least for the non-isolationists. Seeing how much impact USA has on other countries all over the world. Anyways, catchy quote near the end from the above video: "It's not about lef...
by well wisher
Fri May 17, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 32
Views: 841

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

As for Taiwan, since I have some family ties back there, I can tell you a few warnings: There are a few alleged scandals on the news in recent years about Buddhist monks not being ethical enough - such as accusation of rape of nuns in the same temples, bribery corruption, traffic or even government ...
by well wisher
Fri May 17, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trauma and the public mind
Replies: 66
Views: 1058

Re: Trauma and the public mind

I think all the above posts raises very good and valid points. I wonder if its has over exposure of information in our internet age: The monkey minds loves to compare with each other too much, then with the cascading effect, you will have mass-victimization as a crowd movement effect, especially in ...
by well wisher
Thu May 16, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?
Replies: 20
Views: 438

Re: Giving, reinstating or being taken advantage of ?

My opinion generally concurs with all the wise postings above. As far as I know, reasonable self-defense is permitted in many schools of Buddhism; in line with avoiding "idiot compassion" as stated above; Otherwise it might just end up encouraging further bad behaviours. 3 years is way too long to h...
by well wisher
Thu May 16, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Economics
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: Buddhist Economics

From the linked article: Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than the Gross National Product (GNP) I would say that this is key, but it would entail shifting embedded cultural values. That would be difficult and take time, if a method for achieving it were even possible to develop. Well said, thi...
by well wisher
Tue May 14, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye
Replies: 58
Views: 794

Re: The Planet's on F****** Fire says Bill Nye

Just wanted to add some more actual factual experiences: here in Canada, we are experiencing wild weather swings - where one day it may feel like summer 15+ Celsius, and the next day back to winter again with temperature dropping below 0 with wind chill at night. And all this in the month of May, su...
by well wisher
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Did anyone else notice?
Replies: 10
Views: 428

Re: Did anyone else notice?

Thanks for pointing these out and showing these zoomed in emoji pics, I did not really pay much attention to these emojis before. Before the zoom-in, I thought it was a mario3 Tanooki Stone Statue (probably Monk / Ksitigarbha). I have deep nearsightedness problem, hahaha :tongue: http://images.ninte...
by well wisher
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Economics
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: Buddhist Economics

Money seems to be a "necessary evil" in our modern society, very entrenched. But I suppose Mahayana adaptions are needed for the institutions to survive for the benefits of future generations. I know some temples have separate gift shops, similar to those in museums. But Buddhist arts & crafts are d...
by well wisher
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 717

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

You bring up Tendai - you might be familiar with Go-Shirakawa's lament - "Three things refuse to obey my will: the waters of the Kamo River, the fall of backgammon dice, and the monks of Enryakuji Temple”. Enryakuji's encroachment into worldly matters is ultimately what got the monks slaughtered an...
by well wisher
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 717

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

I would of course not assume all monastics to be ascetics or isolated from their host communities. So we may be referring to a very small number who do not engage either in the daily running of the monastery or supportive interaction with the lay community. Are there enough true ascetics left to ma...
by well wisher
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 717

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

Soup kitchens are a great activity. Extremely commendable. Christians (for example) use them to proselytise. It is not a Buddhist ascetics job to proselytise. It is also not a Buddhist ascetics job to feed people. Actually, Buddhist ascetics traditionally begged for alms. That means that they did n...
by well wisher
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 717

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

Somewhat tangential to the conversation, but no one is starving due to a lack of overall food production. We throw away 33% of all food produced or something like that. So people who are starving are typically blocked from food by something other than actual scarcity, certainly in the developed wor...
by well wisher
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 717

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

It happens in zen communities that monks work, but that is because they take different set of vows then the rest of the buddhist world really. To the OP Maybe it would be great if communities were created and were self sufficient, but most dharma centers are in cities to reach the locals and that's...
by well wisher
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 717

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/shaolin-monks-and-foreign-disciples-harvest-wheat-as-part-of-chan-training-at-shaolin-temple- "Shaolin Monks and Foreign Disciples Harvest Wheat as Part of Chan Training at Shaolin Temple" The link does not work. But if you are talking about modern Shaolin, well......

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