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by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 22, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 39
Views: 834

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

Fortyeightvows wrote:If one went with traditional accounts [whose?] the garland sutra would be the oldest since it is often said [citation needed] to be one of shakyamuni's first teachings


Sorry ... too much time on Wikipedia recently. :tongue:
Seriously, though, whose accounts? and where?

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 22, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?
Replies: 39
Views: 834

Re: What are the oldest Mahayana sutras?

There's another, quite different, problem with the question, too: what makes a sutra a "Mahayana" sutra? It's a tricky one, firstly because (most?) Mahayana schools acknowledge the Pali Canon and its Sanskrit and Chinese equivalents (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Āgama_%28Buddhism%29 f...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 14, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Replies: 28
Views: 1009

Re: Jiddu Krishnamurti

... Hi........since you brought up J. Krishnamurti, I'd like to share some things that you & others might appreciate. Krishnamurti said a LOT of things that many people in the Buddhist forums would freak out over..........LOL.....particularly those of the gradual school of perception and person...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 14, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An interesting series of articles on Islamic mysticism...
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: An interesting series of articles on Islamic mysticism...

:thanks:

I've read the first one and I will get back to the others later.

:reading:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 11, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tense jaw muscles while meditating
Replies: 6
Views: 229

Re: Tense jaw muscles while meditating

Deeper relxation of the whole body before meditating helps. Having the jaw slightly open and loose can do to. If your jaw is tense it'salso quite common for the eyes to closed too tightly and for me it can sometimes be indicative of grasping at the object of meditation too tightly. The thing with h...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 07, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1110

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

Queequeg wrote:May be of interest:

Buddhism and the Film

Love it!

:twothumbsup:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 05, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1110

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

rachmiel wrote:Anybody have any other dharma-ish movie recommendations?

https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=1054

:popcorn: ... lots of ... :popcorn:

:smile:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 05, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Shamanistic influence on Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 261
Views: 7004

Re: Shamanistic influence on Tibetan Buddhism

Influences are undeniable. But don't you think that suppositions about these influences are too much inflated by some? ... Every believer, every practitioner, every priest/ess or monk of every religion, has a unique religion - self-created by a half-aware process of learning from society and elders...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 04, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1110

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

Kim, I understand your issues with the show ... it's definitely not a good intro to the healing and compassionate aspects of Buddhism. I think you made the right choice (for you) not to watch it. I loved it, but I'm a fan of dark dystopian visions. Here's one you may like, then - and learn from. ;)...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed May 03, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1110

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

I only watched one episode but I didn't care about spoilers - I'm not going to watch any more - so I read the article. What it says is fair enough, although it could have pointed to many more SF books and movies using the same themes - The Matrix came to mind first. In each case, it's possible to fi...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed May 03, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Kidney Stones
Replies: 11
Views: 462

Re: Kidney Stones

there's some technology to zap them with microwaves or something which breaks them up before they inflict the 10 out of 10 pain they're said to inflict. Don't know for sure, 'something I read'. I had vague memories of hearing about it, too, so I looked it up. Here it is: https://www.kidney.org/atoz...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How old were you when you first became interested in Buddhism?
Replies: 29
Views: 934

Re: How old were you when you first became interested in Buddhism?

I was raised in evangelical Christian churches and just couldn't get over the feeling that the whole religion was devised to help people ignore the reality suffering and death. That's a strange thing to say, considering that Christianity is the only world religion where the central figure suffers a...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just landed. Where is Gelug?
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: Just landed. Where is Gelug?

:hi: from another member who visits both forums. :smile: This Wheel is more complicated than the other because it covers a broader range of traditions. The rules https://dharmawheel.net/viewforum.php?f=109 are slightly different, and you might have to take extra care to post in the right forum/s, bu...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Topics that are restricted to members +
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Topics that are restricted to members +

Punya wrote:Thank you both for your replies. I will aspire to having the time in the future to help with the consolidation of the info.

:thanks:

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Topics that are restricted to members +
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Topics that are restricted to members +

As moderator I can't say anything substantial to questions of forums design, I'm sorry. ...Could this section also include some information about how to post photos and videos and other basics of using the DW site such how to mark topics as read, use of friends and foes etc. Not all of us are compu...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What's up
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: What's up

I got home from a (great :smile: ) holiday in Bali on Sunday morning (after a late-night flight, so Sunday was almost a write-off) and have now caught up on enough of the rest of my life to have time to post here.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?
Replies: 42
Views: 980

Re: Is living off-grid realistic in today's technological age?

tomamundsen wrote:...The unique thing about this vs a house is its mobility.

Unique? When I first saw it I immediately compared it to a caravan.

:toilet:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Australia/NZ
Topic: Buddhist Council of Vic 20th Anniversary
Replies: 0
Views: 92

Buddhist Council of Vic 20th Anniversary

https://www.facebook.com/events/309034302848857/
25th March, Braybrook ... not that I will get to it, of course, but I hope it attracts a good crowd.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharamsala
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Dharamsala

India v Australia: Mitchell Johnson wants Aussie seamers to up the pace in Dharamsala Former Test paceman Mitchell Johnson is backing Australia to trump a "nervous" India in the Test series decider that starts on Saturday, tipping it will be a pace shootout. Dharamsala has a reputation of...

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