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by Kim O'Hara
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Famous American protestant teacher Billy Graham dies at age 99
Replies: 6
Views: 109

Re: Famous American protestant teacher Billy Graham dies at age 99

:rolleye: Frankly, I thought he had died years ago. He was important in the US in the time of Nixon, as a somewhat reasonable leader of the religious right before it before the religious loony right. His successors have become steadily trashier, so from a 21st century perspective he looks pretty goo...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Chan Staff
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: Chan Staff

I know it as the staff Jizo carries - https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/Jizo_Bosatsu,_late_12th_to_13th_century,_Japan,_wood_with_polychromy_and_gilding_-_Art_Institute_of_Chicago_-_DSC00176.JPG - but Wikipedia says - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khakkhara - its history goes back ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13912

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

In case this hasn't come your way ... Walk Out of School to Demand Safer Gun Laws On March 14, 2018, a Wednesday, there will be a national school walkout for gun reform. It is being led by Women’s March Youth Empower, an initiative by the folks who organized the Women’s March. The call is for studen...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13912

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

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:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 14691

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by Kim O'Hara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'
Replies: 20
Views: 554

Re: Acer to market 'smart prayer beads'

I count sheep. LIke Acer products, they are occasionally prone to viruses but the worst part is having to round up 108 of them each time. I found a short cut, though - round up 27 and count each leg, plus the sheepdog to allow for errors. ;) If you count the heads and tails as well as the legs, you...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 49
Views: 1012

Re: what do we mean by faith?

If the question is, as the thread title has it, What do we mean by faith? , it really needs quotation marks if it is to be meaningful, i.e. What do we mean by "faith" ? That highlights the fact that it is a question about terminology, and suggests that we should try to separate a group of related En...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for Grigoris's Brother
Replies: 25
Views: 1233

Re: Prayers for Grigoris's Brother

My sympathy for your loss, Greg. May you and your family soon find peace.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland in Thailand
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Pureland in Thailand

Mainly because of my exposure to SGI, very early on in my experience with buddhism. Ah. That makes sense but I don't think you can generalise from it. From what I know, SGI stands in a (very roughly!!) similar relationship to broader Japanese Buddhism as the Pentecostal Christians do to mainstream ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland in Thailand
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Pureland in Thailand

In the city nearest to me there's a Thai Theravada temple and a Vietnamese Mahayana temple. The respective sanghas often go to the opposite temple to show support for things like special holy days and fetes etc. In the Thai temple there's a kuan yin statue, my guess on how it got there is from a Ch...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Did You Eat Today ?
Replies: 100
Views: 1498

Re: What Did You Eat Today ?

* Gastropubs are a fairly recent U.K. invention. They are pubs, but with restaurant standard food and a proper chef. The good ones are good. The bad ones a ripoff. :D The term is new to me. The phenomenon isn't. :toilet: Is the UK also suffering an infestation of baristas these days, or are we alon...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Did You Eat Today ?
Replies: 100
Views: 1498

Re: What Did You Eat Today ?

Lunch in 30C heat and high humidity, with extended family visiting encouraging us to make it a bit fancier than usual: Moroccan-style salad of pomelo, black olives, red onion and coriander. The original recipe uses oranges but our neighbour gave us a couple of pomelo and they worked fine. The corian...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is Buddhism?
Replies: 13
Views: 381

Re: What is Buddhism?

I ask because i frequently hear "this is Buddhism" and "that isn't Buddhism" - and because i vote for G. All the Above. I think "G. All the Above" is the best answer out of the options you offered us but, really, Buddhism doesn't align neatly with any of our Western paradigms. That's why you hear s...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Looking for Wordpress website experts
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: Looking for Wordpress website experts

... The plugins I used are the popular ones and are regularly updated by the developer. I also update the plugins to the latest version compatible to my Wordpress version. :thumbsup: That's good practice. Compatibility of the plugins is not an issue. IMHO, if plugins break your site then this state...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 14691

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

by Kim O'Hara
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Super Moon again!
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Super Moon again!

We were in the right place :smile: so we watched it last night -
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:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nagas -- mythological?
Replies: 25
Views: 973

Re: Nagas -- mythological?

The baseline standard for what is "true," from a Madhyamaka perspective, is that which can be conventionally known by ordinary people. Thanks. That's a very good, succinct definition of the kind of truth Westerners usually assume, too. Phenomena beyond such conventional knowledge can be accepted ba...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nagas -- mythological?
Replies: 25
Views: 973

Re: Nagas -- mythological?

The baseline standard for what is "true," from a Madhyamaka perspective, is that which can be conventionally known by ordinary people. Thanks. That's a very good, succinct definition of the kind of truth Westerners usually assume, too. Phenomena beyond such conventional knowledge can be accepted ba...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nagas -- mythological?
Replies: 25
Views: 973

Re: Nagas -- mythological?

We like to assume that the word "myth" means "not true". The primary definition of myth is: "a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon" Folk tales indeed, as I mentioned e...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Looking for Wordpress website experts
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: Looking for Wordpress website experts

A .htaccess file doesn't actually include code. It basically a list of configuration options that tells the server how to handle things. WordPress creates the .htaccess file for you, so if there is a clash between certain plugins and the file then my first guess would be that it is due to version i...