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by seeker242
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 35
Views: 674

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Just something I’ve come to accept about Buddhism for the last few years: most Buddhists I’ve met have not at all been humble, loving, and non-judgmental. Quite the opposite actually. (Oh, and don’t forget all the anger and defensiveness.) People you have met personally is not exactly an accurate g...
by seeker242
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 50
Views: 2146

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

Probably because a bank is not going to accept cucumbers as a mortgage payment for the temple buildings? Nor will the electric company or water company. And monastics are not supposed to be running a business that sells the cucumbers to get money that is needed for the above.
by seeker242
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 92
Views: 3794

Re: Our Anti-War President

The last anti war president was Jimmy Carter, there have been none since then.
by seeker242
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 38827

Re: Great Vegan Debate

There is no solution. Lots of people will die. The only issue is how. So if that's then case, then it's quite pointless to just ignore things that can be done and just continue talking about how there are too many people. AKA "Don't bother with that, there's just too many people". As if somehow eff...
by seeker242
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 38827

Re: Great Vegan Debate

The idea that this can all be avoided if we take fewer flights and eat fewer steaks is fantasy, unfortunately. Sure, the world does and will have too many people. But what is the solution? Convince the people of the world to stop having babies? One could argue that convincing the people of the worl...
by seeker242
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 38827

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Ethical veganism is a belief protected by law, tribunal rules https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/03/ethical-veganism-is-a-belief-protected-by-law-tribunal-rules "An employment tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and is therefore protected by law." Appare...
by seeker242
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 38827

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Call for recognizing veganism as a protected religion: https://www.rt.com/op-ed/477196-vegan-uk-religion-protected/ "‘Protected beliefs’ dilute the idea of what’s sacred" Yes, the imaginary man in the sky is sacred as are his statues that are sprinkled with dirty water, but the lives of actual livi...
by seeker242
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Does compassion mean never upsetting someone with the truth?
Replies: 13
Views: 431

Re: Does compassion mean never upsetting someone with the truth?

I realize that the truth often hurts. Does compassion mean never upsetting someone with the truth? I would say most certainly no. But in those times where it may hurt, it must be helpful to say. If it is not actually helpful to say, then it is not said regardless if it is true or not. Compassion me...
by seeker242
Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Loving those who have died
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Re: Loving those who have died

What helps you? The dharma teaching of the fact that death is inevitable. Not some bad thing to try and get away from, because that's impossible. To try get away from what is inevitable, helps nothing and no one and only causes more suffering. Nobody lives forever and that's not a bad thing. It's j...
by seeker242
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith & logic
Replies: 50
Views: 1082

Re: Faith & logic

I think this is more true for some than for others. If one has been deceived in precisely this fashion, e.g. by one's parents, it becomes difficult to lose sight of the fact that one of the most effective means of lying is to conceal a lie within a thicket of truths. And therefore that extending tr...
by seeker242
Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Faith & logic
Replies: 50
Views: 1082

Re: Faith & logic

They complement each other perfectly. It's entirely logical to have faith in someone (Buddha) who, so far, has shown you nothing but true and beneficial things. It's quite logical to have faith in someone who has an impeccable reputation for being wise, truthful and never untruthful. It's very logic...
by seeker242
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Time of meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Time of meditation

gusthgm wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:42 pm
but it is worth it to meditate only 30 minutes per day? Won't it "hold back" my progress in vipassana?
30 min is still way better than 0 minutes. Would 2 hrs be better than 30 min? Sure, but 30 min is still absolutely worth it. :smile:
by seeker242
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 38827

Re: Great Vegan Debate

It's interesting how many who argue against the transition don't base their argument on diet, calorie, population, land, soil, sea, temperature or pollution metrics and projections. If you are going to argue against figures you need to argue the figures themselves and not just dismiss them without ...
by seeker242
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 38827

Re: Great Vegan Debate

New article out today. There is no question that plant based food is less harmful than meat and dairy. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/12/peak-meat-climate-crisis-livestock-meat-dairy https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(19)30245-1/fulltext “Reducing human...
by seeker242
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Goals & Non-Attachment
Replies: 36
Views: 1036

Re: Goals & Non-Attachment

What am I doing wrong? Looking for motivation in the wrong place? Making an effort to accomplish something does not have to come from personal attachments of I, me, mine. Motivation to make efforts to accomplish something can easily come from wanting to benefit others, rather than just yourself.
by seeker242
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 25
Views: 659

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

Chapter 8 of the Lankavatara Sutra mention "refrain from meat, onions, various kinds of liquor, allium, and garlic". But technically, allium include onions and garlic as allium mean various species of plants, including onion, garlic, scallion, shallot, leek, chives, etc. Asafoetida is a resin, of a...
by seeker242
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras
Replies: 25
Views: 659

Re: Five Pungent Roots in the Sutras

Chapter 8 of the Lankavatara Sutra mention "refrain from meat, onions, various kinds of liquor, allium, and garlic". But technically, allium include onions and garlic as allium mean various species of plants, including onion, garlic, scallion, shallot, leek, chives, etc. Asafoetida is a resin, of a ...
by seeker242
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Linjii Rinzai radical?
Replies: 16
Views: 791

Re: Linjii Rinzai radical?

LastLegend wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:44 am

Any thoughts?
―You can‘t hammer a nail into the empty sky. :jumping:
by seeker242
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 59
Views: 2310

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

Dogs bark, birds chirp, why is that not good enough?
by seeker242
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 38827

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Interesting I didn't know that was the medium. Even if it were grown in a veg medium, just no..... So how will we solve a growing world population wanting meat if not by technology? I think it's probably the least cruel solution.... gassho Rory Most, if not all, vegans would be overjoyed if everyon...

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