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by well wisher
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Guanyin-centric practice
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Guanyin-centric practice

Guanyin Bodhisattva is popular for good reasons, as compassion is very central to the teachings of Buddhism. As for specific practices My own father (and previously my grandma who had passed away), bows to home Altar with a Guan yin wooden statue, when they wake up each morning. As for practices, th...
by well wisher
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hooray for Nuclear Power
Replies: 36
Views: 890

Re: Hooray for Nuclear Power

Some of the over-consumption in modern age is really wasteful - consider the cases of big mansions upkeep, or huge office buildings that's not even occupied all the time. There's definitely more than enough electricity to go around if those waste were reduced. The real uphill battle is to convince ...
by well wisher
Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: from London to India by train
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Re: from London to India by train

Some 50 years ago Overland to India was the only affordable way for me to travel to India. Hitchhike to Istanbul to save money and from there a train to Teheran (persia back then). Travelling through Afganistan had to be done by bus - a friend of mine twice went on bicycle from London to India and ...
by well wisher
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hooray for Nuclear Power
Replies: 36
Views: 890

Re: Hooray for Nuclear Power

Also, I want to point out that some poor folks has much better ways (in terms of carbon-neutrality) to keep cool in hot summers compared to the wasteful ways of the over-indulgent wealthy that usually involves mass-blasting air-condition units. Methods such as skinning dipping into clear lakes& rive...
by well wisher
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hooray for Nuclear Power
Replies: 36
Views: 890

Re: Hooray for Nuclear Power

Above all of these, demand reduction is essential. I agree whole-heartedly, demand reduction is absolutely vital for long term solutions, and is actually one of the most feasible and achievable solution we have through mass efforts. This goes in hand with More efficient energy appliances, smarter b...
by well wisher
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 2329

Re: Antifa at it again

I only hope it does not get too bad to the point of mass physical violence. Like many others previous posters in this thread, I also believe in self defence, but it should only be done as a last-resort response in the most dire circumstances. I believe that Tazer guns stunning or knocking the physic...
by well wisher
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: ‘Green Mailbox’ at Kyoto Temple Accepts Letters Sent to the Dead
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: ‘Green Mailbox’ at Kyoto Temple Accepts Letters Sent to the Dead

Non-celibate monks have been a long time in process, some based in Mahayana teachings, some forced by law. In Mappo (Degenerate Age) teachings, the conditioned teachings of Shakyamuni are viewed as having lost efficacy and what we have left are mere symbols. Shinran and Nichiren, two who labored un...
by well wisher
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...
Replies: 29
Views: 1026

Re: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...

"Twilight Zone - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" I believe this is true, as the notion of beauty and attractiveness is highly subjective and differs between different people. Having a good healthy diet & healthy lifestyle with physical exercise goes a long way in achieving & maintaining good l...
by well wisher
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: ‘Green Mailbox’ at Kyoto Temple Accepts Letters Sent to the Dead
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: ‘Green Mailbox’ at Kyoto Temple Accepts Letters Sent to the Dead

I am always fascinated by how Japanese buddhist priests are so willing to do new things to help people heal. Agreed, I also found it inspiring how brave the Japanese Buddhist priest are willing to try new or un-orthodox things, pioneers in their own right. Even topics that might be taboo to the his...
by well wisher
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Abridged Pali canon?
Replies: 8
Views: 300

Re: Abridged Pali canon?

For me in recent years, I found accesstoinsight.org as a good & freely accessible resource for the english translation of some parts of the Palia Canon. It is probably not the complete Canon, but nevertheless a good place to start. Many pages translated by Bhikkhu Thanissaro. https://www.accesstoins...
by well wisher
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do any of you use social media to spread Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 872

Re: Do any of you use social media to spread Dharma?

For social media or most of my internet activities, I like to keep my accounts anonymous: i.e. not linked to any or my real life info, You never know where might the watchful eyes of big governments or corporations might peer into :roll: So in that case, my answer is NO, I don't really use social me...
by well wisher
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 53
Views: 1394

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

It's very telling that the Buddha forbade monks from touching money. Liberalism is a scam created by deposed monarchs to retain power IMO. They can be as socially progressive as they want but property rights are always sacrosanct. Money being the real power in this world people are given the illusi...
by well wisher
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Conditionality, Idapaccayatā
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: Conditionality, Idapaccayatā

Below is from a quick google search. I am not an expert in Sanskrit by any means. Idappaccayatā (Pali, also idappaccayata; Sanskrit: idaṃpratyayatā) is a Buddhist term that is translated as "specific conditionality" or "this/that conditionality". English: specific conditionality, this/that conditi.....
by well wisher
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: A small practice but a good one
Replies: 15
Views: 734

Re: A small practice but a good one

I have for some years been in the habit of ending each social encounter by saying "Namaste". I was told that it essentially is an acknowledgement of the Buddha within the person you have been talking to. That may or may not be accurate, but hey if you want accuracy you can always ask Malcolm. Now i...
by well wisher
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Thread with no words
Replies: 126
Views: 17670

Re: Thread with no words

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by well wisher
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)

Great, sounds hopeful. Veggie based patties has been around for many years already (like more than 10+ years ago), although in the past it seems the taste and dryness factors were obstacles to sales and adoption. Hopefully the newer better versions will help bring more veggie converts, and maybe eve...
by well wisher
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Rise of plant-based alternative Meats? (like Soy-based)

Not sure if this is just media-based hype just to boost some corporate profits, or if there is actual increase in demand for these types of plant-based protein replacing meat. If this becomes actual sustainable long term trend , with no reported harmful side-effects or pitfalls, then maybe animal lo...
by well wisher
Tue May 28, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Just As I Was Begining To Worry.
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Just As I Was Begining To Worry.

I know that feeling of heart soaring relief and joy. In the past two years I've enjoyed watching the return of the bumblebee. For many years I had not seen even one but after the ban of garden and lawn pesticides and weed killers, they are now visibly rebounding. Good points, feels like overuse of ...
by well wisher
Mon May 27, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Just As I Was Begining To Worry.
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: Just As I Was Begining To Worry.

Agreed,it is heartening to see wildlife thrive, especially the non-harmful ones. Hopefully the honey bees make a return. At least, I do have observed bees in the wild at more isolated park regions in Canada. Just not near human-crowded places or backyards. Maybe the bees have evolved to be more tame...
by well wisher
Mon May 27, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Parlez-Vous le Français?
Replies: 8
Views: 491

Re: Parlez-Vous le Français?

Bonjour! Ca va bien, mes amis? (voir aussi google traduction et autres services en ligne similaires). Oui, mais la traduction de google est terrible avec le "vous" forme etc. Il utilise "tu" et je n'aime pas ça. Aussi, le rhythme n'est pas <<poétique.>> Oui Oui, merci pour vos bons conseils. Desole...

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