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by shaunc
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: World peace
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: World peace

I think everyone looks at this problem from the wrong end, always wondering what the government or governments are going to do about it I feel that the problem is better tackled from the other end. Start with a peaceful person, then a family, then a neighborhood, then a city/province and finally a c...
by shaunc
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: recovered my health by weight training
Replies: 24
Views: 3686

Re: recovered my health by weight training

I have some dumbbells at home and work out for an hour or so 3 times a week. I haven't trained for a couple of weeks due to a bad flu and am giving myself an extra week off to recover 100%. I'm 56years old and in relatively good condition, still working as a labourer which includes climbing water re...
by shaunc
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 36
Views: 864

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

Kabul is not controlled by the Taliban. The Gandhara Buddhas were not destroyed during the Taliban reign. Maybe not this week, but that part of the world has been known to become a bit unstable at times. Whereas the UK is the pinnacle of political stability... Greg, for you to even compare the poli...
by shaunc
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 36
Views: 864

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

Of course you put it in those terms. There is something to it, but there's also the bit that these kinds of artifacts belong to all humanity. Cast it any way you want, the fact remains, they'd be safer in the British Museum than in Kabul where there is a constant threat that bozos with sledgehammer...
by shaunc
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 36
Views: 864

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

I'm all for returning people's heritage, but is this a good idea at this point? What's a little more "safe keeping"? Developing nation's don't exactly have the means to protect and maintain historical artifacts... Afghanistan didn't seem to be able to look after the Buddha statues they had. I agree...
by shaunc
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Flu Season
Replies: 22
Views: 1622

Re: Flu Season

I'm currently recovering from it despite getting a flu shot.
It's taken 2 weeks to recover, it really knocks you for six.
On the plus side I'm still breathing.
by shaunc
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there anything wrong with smoking marijuana, as a Nichiren Buddhist?
Replies: 13
Views: 599

Re: Is there anything wrong with smoking marijuana, as a Nichiren Buddhist?

I was hoping Q would share in depth how daimoku is THE precept which opens us to all precepts although my ability to articulate such is poor in comparison to Q's As far as marijuana is concerned I have a very lengthy testimony for which I can gladly share. I have rich medical documentation regardin...
by shaunc
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...
Replies: 29
Views: 1212

Re: Dalai Lama Says A Female Successor Must Be Attractive...

Maybe the media will have a new flavor of the month.
by shaunc
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium
Replies: 27
Views: 974

Re: Sri Lanka president signs death warrants to end moratorium

:shrug: Are we supposed to have some kind of sympathy? You reap what you sow as they say. I sincerely wish that neither you, nor anybody you love, ever becomes addicted to drugs. The idea of the post though, is for Buddhists to consider what it means for a Buddhist nation to have in place a state s...
by shaunc
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 930

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

Don't get caught up in flavor of the month. If they've got a problem with it, let them have a problem with it, and you just keep on living your life however you want.
by shaunc
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Mother has entered hospice
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Mother has entered hospice

Namu Amida Butsu.
by shaunc
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 229
Views: 16694

Re: Socialism & Communism

The problem with that idea Greg is that most people that are financially well off have worked hard and taken a few chances.
If they're then heavily taxed for doing well, it takes a fair bit of the incentive away to initially work hard and taken a few chances.
by shaunc
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 229
Views: 16694

Re: Socialism & Communism

Communism as practiced was and is inhuman. Fun fact: neither USA nor any other capitalist "developed country" can or could afford free healthcare and free education all the way up to university. Communist countries could. I was born and I grew up in one. Also, no capitalist country ever managed to ...
by shaunc
Fri May 31, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 29
Views: 1422

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

We're not having a lot of luck with it fellas. I'm getting "this site cannot be reached ".
by shaunc
Sun May 19, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

Please excuse my ignorance about Aussie politics - So is Labor not taking a majority? Or is there a chance of a coalition between Labor and other left parties? There has been a long standing coalition on the right, but not on the left. Traditionally what you're saying is true but in recent years th...
by shaunc
Sun May 19, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

Queequeg wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 1:57 am
Is the upset in favor of Liberals comparable to the rightward drift we see around the world? Ie. Nationalistic, xenophobic, racist?
No. In Australia we're a pretty lucky country. It really doesn't matter which party wins, they both cast a pretty similar shadow.
by shaunc
Sat May 18, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

TAB fixed odds this morning had labor at $1.10 and the coalition at $7.00. I had a double, coalition to win into the one box on the last race at the meadows tonight.
The word politics I believe comes from the Latin, poli meaning many and tics, a blood sucking parasite.
by shaunc
Wed May 15, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 3149

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 3:16 pm
Many factors support this bad habit. Perhaps the 'common mindset' is craving for pleasure & avoiding suffering. Which is really not unique to our time or place.
That's probably the closest answer to the truth.
by shaunc
Sat May 11, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 1238

Re: What would you buy?

A small Buddha statue or pendant/necklace.

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