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by Kim O'Hara
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good beginner's overview
Replies: 21
Views: 357

Re: Good beginner's overview

Yes, that's the one. Dzogchungpa found it for me as well - thanks, both.
Here's the global download page - https://bdk-seiten.com/scripture-download.php?lang=en

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 27
Views: 217

Re: Buddhist morality

...So IMHO that's the difference between Buddhist and worldly ethics. An understanding of dependent origination. In my terms, that is a difference in the reasons given for the rules for virtuous behaviour. Again, that does not mean that the reasons are wrong, just that they are somewhat independent...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good beginner's overview
Replies: 21
Views: 357

Re: Good beginner's overview

'This book offers a selection from a broad range of Buddhist texts. You will find here passages that may inspire, guide and challenge you. Overall, they give a picture of this great tradition as it has been lived down the centuries.' 'This book is divided into three main parts: i) the life and natu...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 27
Views: 217

Re: Buddhist morality

It depends a bit on what you mean by "worldly moral systems" but in general I would say there's no fundamental difference in what is encouraged and discouraged, although there are differences in the reasons given. All major religions essentially tell their followers to be nice to each other. That i...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 27
Views: 217

Re: Buddhist morality

It depends a bit on what you mean by "worldly moral systems" but in general I would say there's no fundamental difference in what is encouraged and discouraged, although there are differences in the reasons given. All major religions essentially tell their followers to be nice to each other. That is...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good beginner's overview
Replies: 21
Views: 357

Re: Good beginner's overview

Dan74 wrote: Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:54 pm Peter Della Santina's Tree of Enlightenment is a pretty good overview of various Buddhist schools.
+1

I forgot that one - it's a long time since I read it.

:reading:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good beginner's overview
Replies: 21
Views: 357

Re: Good beginner's overview

... Another one that people find valuable is "What the Buddha Taught" by Rahula. ... That is good, as you say, but it's narrowly Theravadin, which may or may not be a problem for the OP. There's a compilation known as the Buddhist Gideon Bible because it is left in hotel rooms in the same way, whic...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 43
Views: 1192

Re: TL;DR: We are screwed.

Hi, Queequeg, We're not as far apart as you seem to think. What you say here - ... What I am suggesting is a more forthright posture as Buddhists toward the public forum. It doesn't mean wearing beads around one's neck in an ostentatious show. It also doesn't mean we need to dress up as humanists. W...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 43
Views: 1192

Re: TL;DR: We are screwed.

Malthus was right, in principle: endless growth on a finite planet is flat-out impossible.

But wherever we are, we have choices. Let's try to make the best choices we can.

:meditate:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 43
Views: 1192

Re: TL;DR: We are screwed.

Anyone need something more to push them into action? Here it is. ‘Worst-case’ global warming scenario still best guide until 2050, study says A ‘worst-case’ scenario of surging greenhouse gas emissions this century is still the ‘most useful choice’ for government planning until 2050 despite criticis...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 43
Views: 1192

Re: TL;DR: We are screwed.

There are several approaches to the "detailed, practical, operational stuff" we need, Queequeg, and I think you're veering onto one of the least productive of them. In the world we live in, arguing for change on the basis of Buddhism is not the most direct path: first you have to convince the majori...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 43
Views: 1192

Re: TL;DR: We are screwed.

WesleyP wrote: Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:05 am
Queequeg wrote: Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:39 pm How do we get there from here?
See the Dhammapada. :twothumbsup:
:smile:

Yes, but that's the big picture. We also need detailed, practical, operational stuff.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 43
Views: 1192

Re: TL;DR: We are screwed.

...Try 1804. One billion, and keep it there. That would be better. But then we need a 7/8 reduction rather than a 3/4 reduction in population. Either way only a combination of war, famine, disease etc. on a global scale achieve that. The other half of the problem is per-capita consumption. Wealthy ...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 43
Views: 1192

Re: TL;DR: We are screwed.

How do we get there from here ? That's the crucial question, since we know where we are and know (approximately) where we need to be. As I've said before, the time-honoured method is to have a bloody revolution - rioting in the streets, a civil war if needed - but I don't think that can succeed now...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?
Replies: 19
Views: 555

Re: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?

... I'm not questioning meditation itself, because you can meditate without all the poses, and traditional sets, you understand? Why is it necessary to make it a technique? You're right, we can meditate without all the poses, etc. We don't though, unless we've been taught. And the easiest and best ...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 33
Views: 944

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

:good:
Yes, needing to grow up enough to start looking for one's path contributes to the skew in convert communities.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 33
Views: 944

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

...Even in the local Christian churches the age is skewed heavily towards older people. Generally you will only see younger people on major feast days or weddings, christenings and funerals. It's the same here, if not more so. I wouldn't be surprised if the average age of the typical Sunday congreg...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?
Replies: 19
Views: 555

Re: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?

I would assume (if you are practicing Dharma) then, away from the cycle of samsara. I'll ask it in another way: How does meditation break the cycle of samsara? Go back to the four noble truths: meditation helps us see that our suffering is due to our attachments, and the seeing is the first step to...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 33
Views: 944

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

I'm guessing as a general pattern that's pretty typical. A lot of young people (in particular the ones who are serious about Buddhism) are responsible and engaged in positive things. They'd challenge the stereotype. Of course, and :bow: that's wonderful. But I still reckon they are far outnumbered ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where are the younger Buddhists?
Replies: 33
Views: 944

Re: Where are the younger Buddhists?

Doing drugs and having sex, probably. Just going by my interests when I was younger. :smile: Quite likely... but you are accidentally pointing to a wider problem, which is that not all age groups have the same priorities or the same amount of free time. I've been deeply engaged is several quite dif...

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