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by Kim O'Hara
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Nichiren and Kami
Replies: 15
Views: 159

Re: Nichiren and Kami

This discussion reminded me of one I started a while ago - https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?t=24013 - in which several well-informed people did their best to bring me up to speed - :thanks: - on the relationship between Buddhism and Shinto. It might be of interest to those who didn't participat...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ven. Huifeng on bodhicitta
Replies: 10
Views: 1045

Re: Ven. Huifeng on bodhicitta

Never can one have enough understanding of bodhicitta, so I am bumping this seven-year old thread up in hopes the Venerable will add to it. Ven Huifeng has dropped in only once or twice a year for the last couple of years, and only to announce courses at Fo Guang Shan University. Like you, I value ...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Eyewitness account of recent Tibetan sky burial
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Eyewitness account of recent Tibetan sky burial

Tibetan Sky Burials: Stumbling upon the secret ritual of feeding the dead to vulture 'angels' Tibetan Sky Burials is a traditional custom in Tibetan Buddhism to farewell their dead, and these days outsiders are mostly forbidden from witnessing them. I had heard of Tibetan Sky Burials with a mixture...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi everyone from Italy
Replies: 5
Views: 141

Re: Hi everyone from Italy

Welcome, Arkeo :hi:
You might find this page useful - https://studybuddhism.com/web/it/index.html

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: FLOODS
Replies: 30
Views: 794

Re: FLOODS

... I don't think it only happens in the USA. Here in Oz we're seeing at least four times as much coverage of the US flooding as of the Asian flooding, and it's really hard to see any good reason for that. Our connections to the US are strong but mainly cultural, while our connections to the Indian...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is a Sravaka?
Replies: 12
Views: 295

Re: What is a Sravaka?

Here's what I found in two online dictionaries that I use: >> ཉན་ཐོས་ >> <noun> "Śhrāvaka", "hearer". Translation of the Sanskrit "śhrāvaka". The disciples of the Buddha who followed the teachings of the theg pa dman pa Lesser Vehicle were of two kinds: Śhrāvakas and r...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Letter do ODAISHISAMA
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Letter do ODAISHISAMA

Has someone used this service before? If so, how has been your experience? Can someone please explain to me how this works. They do actually read your prayers before the tomb of Kukai? :thanks: http://www.odaisi.net/enindex.html They say they do. I visited Koyasan a year ago so I was curious enough...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 40
Views: 1225

Re: Diets are dumb

Perhaps what you mean DGA is that diet fads are dumb. Yes, as I said above, that's exactly the point I'm trying to make. Or one among several. ... On that point, here are some cautionary tales: The Psychology of Idealistic Diets http://beyondveg.com/cat/psych/index.shtml especially Health Food Junk...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 12189

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by Kim O'Hara
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Race in America
Replies: 44
Views: 1239

Re: Race in America

Knotty Veneer wrote:Indeed, I bet Dubya is secretly elated to be not the worse president ever any more.

There's a fb meme about it.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Definition of human in Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 494

Re: Definition of human in Buddhism

I learned about Darwin, but never read his treatise. But evolution is good science and compatible with Buddhism. I didn't know that some western evolutionaires equate a human with an animal. Sounds weird that they do that, they must be mistaken in their research. Any little human even in his young ...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Race in America
Replies: 44
Views: 1239

Re: Race in America

I just came across census figures on ethnicity in Australia - and even I was surprised. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/2071.0~2016~Main%20Features~Cultural%20Diversity%20Article~20 There are some comparisons with the US, Canada and other countries, too. :coffee: Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Race in America
Replies: 44
Views: 1239

Re: Race in America

how long before the tibetan people are indistinguishable from the han? Will we celebrate that too? And the Manx from the English, the French from the Spanish, the Germans from the Dutch? Yes, we will lose a lot of good things as well as bad ones. But the mixing is inevitable, given good transport, ...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Race in America
Replies: 44
Views: 1239

Re: Race in America

I remember going to a reunion of a part of my family that lives in rural Southern Tier New York State - Binghamton is the closest city. It was and still is country. The n-word and racist jokes flowed... I went to another reunion of that part of the family a couple years ago and was surprised to fin...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Race in America
Replies: 44
Views: 1239

Re: Race in America

:thumbsup: Personally, I look forward to the day when race/ethnicity is so blurred by migration and intermarriage that it's a non-issue. No doubt we will still find ways to create divisions between "us" and "them" * but it would be great to get rid of this really obvious one asa...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Race in America
Replies: 44
Views: 1239

Re: Race in America

:thumbsup: Personally, I look forward to the day when race/ethnicity is so blurred by migration and intermarriage that it's a non-issue. No doubt we will still find ways to create divisions between "us" and "them" * but it would be great to get rid of this really obvious one asap...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bill Porter's 2000 Tricycle article
Replies: 1
Views: 99

Re: Bill Porter's 2000 Tricycle article

:thanks: The Chinese Hermit Tradition: An Interview with Red Pine Bill Porter lived for three years in the early seventies as a Buddhist monk in Taiwan where he began his translations of poetry by the famous Chinese poet-recluse Cold Mountain. Porter’s mentor in this undertaking was the Buddhist sch...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 101
Views: 3046

Re: Socialism & Communism

http://noapp4that.org/ says: The real problem isn’t just that we aren’t investing enough money or effort in technological solutions. It’s that we are asking technology to solve problems that demand human moral intervention—ones that require ethical decisions, behavior change, negotiation, and sacri...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 101
Views: 3046

Re: Socialism & Communism

Grigoris wrote:Don't confuse rhetoric with ideals.

And don't confuse either of them with intentions.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 17
Views: 603

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

It's called the Middle Way for a very good reason. Avoid all extremes and be happy to just muddle along as best you can.

:namaste:
Kim

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