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by well wisher
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Did anyone else notice?
Replies: 10
Views: 348

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: 5
Views: 474

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: 509

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: 509

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: 509

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: 509

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: 509

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: 509

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......
by well wisher
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 509

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

Source? 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" Taking a crap can be a part of practice too, should monks have to be...
by well wisher
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 509

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

Are monks meant to be practicing ascetics or farmers and cooks? If you want an apprenticeship in organic farming go find an organic farmer, not a monk. If you want an "apprenticeship" in monastic practice... I think you are confused about why people become Buddhist ascetics. Thanks for the response...
by well wisher
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Wrinkles & Aging Skin
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Wrinkles & Aging Skin

You have to avoid damaging the skin's collagen, keeping it elastic. Most importantly, never smoke Avoid UV exposure Moisturise Make sure you are as hydrated as possible Eat plenty of collagen Minimise stress :good: These points rings very true. I am 33 now, and I noticed wrinkles on my foreheads to...
by well wisher
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Thread with no words
Replies: 106
Views: 14182

Re: Thread with no words

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by well wisher
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 30
Views: 509

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

Questions: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers and monastics? Why are so many dharma centers seemingly obsessed with money instead, like asking money for courses and lessons? Would farming be against the "assumed" original Buddhist traditional teachings and Upaya rules? ...
by well wisher
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?
Replies: 60
Views: 1560

Re: Andrew Yang is running for President. Who?

This map is informative about the value systems you find around the US. I very much agree that here in NY we are basically Dutch merchants. We don't care what you do in your private life. Do you want to do business or what. If what, move along. https://bootheglobalperspectives.com/article/144613002...
by well wisher
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Inside Nepal’s Forbidden Kingdom
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Inside Nepal’s Forbidden Kingdom

Those Nepalese are inspirational models to be able to survive with "no money and few material possessions"! This is a counter-proof against materialistic greed and obsessions that is so prevalent in many modern societies, in my opinion This totally flies against what I was indoctrinated when I was y...
by well wisher
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sadness about all that suffering
Replies: 29
Views: 1950

Re: Sadness about all that suffering

Well wisher, Letting go of expectation might be a good tool. You don't have to let go of sadness. Just don't analyse too much with words - all these labels words can give are narrow. They narrow the picture. :smile: So, do not cling to sadness, but neither fight it. You are allowed to be sad, it's ...
by well wisher
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How important is forgiveness?
Replies: 29
Views: 647

Re: How important is forgiveness?

In the end, the decision is up to yourself to forgive your friend or not, or cut ties. Anyways I believe holding on to any sort of grudges for too long to be unhealthy, I have personal experience about such too. Forgiveness is a type of liberation, akin to letting go. I think eventually you should l...
by well wisher
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Advice
Replies: 14
Views: 404

Re: Advice

I think maybe its best to consult marriage counselors for this tricky scenario, and have a sit-down session between you and your wife regarding these matter. I am no expert in marriage affairs, I never had a girlfriend or wife myself. I only had personal experience of chain of different ex step-moms...
by well wisher
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)
Replies: 16
Views: 1174

Re: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)

Cheers and congrats on the 10 year anniversary!
Very cool leg gadget from DNS' video.
Definitely lots of useful knowledge-gems within this forum :twothumbsup:
by well wisher
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Sadness about all that suffering
Replies: 29
Views: 1950

Re: Sadness about all that suffering

1. Sadness is a normal emotion. If your path is to kill emotions good luck with that! I don't see that idea supported by teachings nor texts. 2. Sadness might be a part of depression if it is uncontrollable. Depression is often a part of normal emotions too. Episodic depression is normal and health...

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