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by Kim O'Hara
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Lesson.
Replies: 31
Views: 1120

Re: A Lesson.

I've been thinking lately about just how easy it is to involve the eight world Dharma in your practice. It's ridiculously hard not to, the minute you declare yourself one thing or another, the minute you become involved in comparison or credentialing it begins. I know a few "hidden Yogis" who I thi...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 166
Views: 4522

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

First of all, that is only Thailand, not the whole of Theravada. Secondly, even in Thailand the Dhammayuttika Nikaya is still a small minority (around 10% of all monks) after over a century of strong state support. So stating that the current form of Theravada is the product of a 19th century refor...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1150

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

You could, of course, try to argue that TNH is reforming Buddhism, but I don't think you'll be able to convince anyone. We could also argue that each one of us, every day, reforms Buddhism. It's true, too, since every time we choose one text over another, one interpretation of the precepts over ano...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: No attachments?
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: No attachments?

I successfully uploaded an 8 MB jpg to see if it would work (and then deleted it), but when I tried a 1.5 MB pdf I got an error message, "Invalid file extension: Dhammapada.pdf" so it looks like it won't accept pdf's. I have a vague memory from years ago to the effect that pdf's posed some kind of s...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1150

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Back by popular demand; more from the Concise Guide , chapter two: ... there could be no conservatism without a religious foundation, and it is conservative people, by and large, who defend religion in our time. ... The second half of that is commonsense enough: people who don't want change are peo...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1150

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Please read it, Nicholas - it's far less than 100 pages and it's only one click away, and it does highlight the gulf between Kirk's conservatism (which I can get along with quite happily, for the most part) and the monster it has morphed into since his time. :namaste: Kim I did read it ... Good. Su...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1150

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

This is what real conservatism looks like in 2019 i.e. Robert Mueller, Justin Amash. Please read it, Nicholas - it's far less than 100 pages and it's only one click away, and it does highlight the gulf between Kirk's conservatism (which I can get along with quite happily, for the most part) and the...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 31, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1150

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

The final three of the ten: 10. ... With Lord Falkland, [conservatives] say, “When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.” They understand that men and women are best content when they can feel that they live in a stable world of enduring values. Which "stable world" is that,...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 31, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 76
Views: 1150

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

... 1. Men and nations are governed by moral laws; and those laws have their origin in a wisdom that is more than human—in divine justice . At heart, political problems are moral and religious problems. The wise statesman tries to apprehend the moral law and govern his conduct accordingly. We have ...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 31, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 166
Views: 4522

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

as an aside to the above, there's an essay on a Vedic website about the difference between dharma and religion . Being from a Vedantic rather than Buddhist source, there are many points of divergence from the Buddhist understanding, but the basic distinction it makes is important - that 'dharma' an...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 30, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 166
Views: 4522

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

There is a non-sectarian statement published of principles common to all Buddhists - I think Ven. Walpola Rahula was one of the instigators of that. Yes. I posted a link to it a couple of days ago in reply to Akashic Bro - https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=29617&start=20#p494108 :coffee:...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue May 28, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 166
Views: 4522

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

The division of theravada and mahayana is a disgrace that weakens buddhism. theravada and mahayana shold have had a meeting or conference to try to unify the schools. i read that in thailand there are attempts of unification. its understandable the irritation of mahayana in relation to theravada se...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 27, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Discussion about ancient Gandharan manuscripts
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: Discussion about ancient Gandharan manuscripts

Mark Allon, not Richard. He's an associate of Richard Salomon, who's at one of the US universities, concentrating on the same field. See also Linda Heuman's article, Whose Buddhism is Truest? which gives an overview of the discovery of the Gandhari manuscripts. (Interesting trivia: the name of the ...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 26, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Discussion about ancient Gandharan manuscripts
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Discussion about ancient Gandharan manuscripts

The religious affairs unit of our national radio broadcaster aired an interview with Richard Allon about the earliest Buddhist manuscripts this evening (our time) and it will be available to listen or download for a while. I found it very interesting. Allon is a researcher based at Sydney University...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed May 22, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Big Discussion: Diversity, Inequality, Race, and everything that keeps us from Utopia
Replies: 25
Views: 333

Re: Black & Buddhist in America - 2018

... In our casual interactions, New Yorkers generally are open minded and diversity is a fact of life. In low stakes interactions we get along. You see a different side, though, when folks on the Upper West Side and Park Slope find out that their neighborhood schools will start holding open spots f...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 415

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

One thing that happened to Labor this time was that they sat on the fence on Adani's Galilee Basin coal project and lost votes to both the rural/regional and urban Right (for not approving the project) and to the mostly-urban Left (for not definitively stopping it). Spot on. Thanks. I think the Ada...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 415

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

... Labor has strenuously tried to distance itself from the Greens, as the association is electoral poison in rural electorates. That's mostly true but perhaps a bit simplistic. The demographic pie can be sliced in several different ways, and some ways split Labor down the middle, which is a seriou...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 415

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

... Labor has strenuously tried to distance itself from the Greens, as the association is electoral poison in rural electorates. That's mostly true but perhaps a bit simplistic. The demographic pie can be sliced in several different ways, and some ways split Labor down the middle, which is a seriou...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 415

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

Actually it is the hard right that Tobes mentions that are mainly responsible for Australia’s completely shambolic climate—energy policy fiasco. Prior to 2009 there was an emerging consensus between both sides which was completely shattered by a couple of right-wing senators who likewise think it’s...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 415

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

Oh, and the other silver lining is that the fat ugly plutocrat who blew $60 million harassing all of us via SMS messages for the last 9 months, didn’t get a cracker. Nada, nil, zilch. Suck on that, Clive. :woohoo: I heard that he :quoteunquote: only :quoteunquote: blew $50 million on his advertisin...

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