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by shaunc
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Life of Master Shinran
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Life of Master Shinran

Thanks for posting this video.
by shaunc
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Death in the family
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Re: Death in the family

Best wishes to you and your partner and extended family .
I'll dedicate my nembutsu to him tonight.
by shaunc
Mon May 25, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 54
Views: 1713

Re: What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?

Dgj wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 1:52 am
What are the most minimalist or simplest forms or schools of Buddhism?
Either nichiren or shin imo.
by shaunc
Wed May 20, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic cause become gay
Replies: 72
Views: 2400

Re: Karmic cause become gay

Why are some people born left handed. Because they are. Why are some people born red haired. Because they are. Why are some people born gay. Because they are. Don't stress yourself out worrying about questions that can't be answered and even if they are answered, it's purely speculation. Better to s...
by shaunc
Wed May 13, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 96
Views: 11910

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

Everything passes, the good times and the bad. I got sober quite a bit of time ago but just yesterday I was talking over the phone with a friend and we both agree that getting sober in the current circumstances would be a lot harder than when we did it. You should be very proud of yourself. Good luc...
by shaunc
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Celebrities and Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 814

Re: Celebrities and Buddhism

Whether a person is or is not a celebrity doesn’t have anything to do with whether they are Buddhists or not. The reason why some celebrities aren’t Buddhists is the same reason why a lot of people on a bus aren’t Buddhists. It’s simply because they aren’t. Definitely the most sensible answer I've ...
by shaunc
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 76
Views: 7266

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

In terms of belief systems, Christianity and Buddhism are worlds apart. But I noticed from attending Pureland services that the Jodo Shinsu Service Book has Buddhist hymns from Japanese sources, which are played on piano. They're very much in the style of Christian hymns - again, not in content, bu...
by shaunc
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept
Replies: 21
Views: 1033

Re: Jodo Shu, Ethics, and being inept

It reminds me so much of the Christian faith I thought I had left, that it makes me wonder if I should have left it. Interesting thought. It would be great to talk about this in another thread. I see huge differences between Pure Land Buddhism and Christianity, though. The only uniting topic is tha...
by shaunc
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How will aviation industry survive the pandemic?
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: How will aviation industry survive the pandemic?

I worked at the airport as a part time gig. I was classified as an aviation security officer. I recieved an email probably 2 weeks ago advising that I was to be stood down for 8 weeks. The part time and permanent staff got an email about a week ago. Tonight is the last shift for many of them. Buddhi...
by shaunc
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Media
Topic: You can't wipe out this virus
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: You can't wipe out this virus

If the virus kills 'em, it kills 'em but at least they'll have a clean arse.
by shaunc
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Religious institutions responding to coronavirus
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Re: Religious institutions responding to coronavirus

I feel that closing is the right thing to do. Yes, economically they'll probably suffer a bit but that's better than having monks and nuns falling off the perch one after the other.
by shaunc
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 89
Views: 8398

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Daoism and Buddhism are totally compatible, if you mean East Asian Buddhism. They grew up together and were eventually integrated together. The Complete Reality School (Quanzhen) assembled Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian practice. The Secret of the Golden Flower is more Buddhist than Daoist in my v...
by shaunc
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Should a person be embarrassed for leaving Buddhism just to realize it's the truth and return?
Replies: 8
Views: 941

Re: Should a person be embarrassed for leaving Buddhism just to realize it's the truth and return?

The Buddha himself taught not to accept teachings just because other people tell you too, but to experiment and see for yourself what's true and what isn't.
It sounds to me that's exactly what you've done.
by shaunc
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 96
Views: 11910

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

130. Damn, somedays are easier than others and right now is not one of the easy ones. I feel like my brain and chest are throwing a temper tantrum. :toilet: Not sure if it's been mentioned on this site already, but samsara sucks. ;) Some days are certainly harder than others. Just try to take it on...
by shaunc
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How To Deal with Homeless People?
Replies: 27
Views: 3299

Re: How To Deal with Homeless People?

Offer an orange, some fruit, or some fresh produce out of kindness. Won’t be spent on deviances and will be a benefit by ceasing hunger.
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By doing this at least you're unlikely to cause any further harm.
by shaunc
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Starting meditation/sitting group/class at work?
Replies: 16
Views: 1903

Re: Starting meditation/sitting group/class at work?

I'm sorry but I have to ask this question.
Exactly what sort of jobs do you have that the boss will give you time off to meditate.
As a matter of fact what sort of boss gives you time off to do anything at all.
If I take time off work either my leave entitlements or my wages are docked.
by shaunc
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practices to benefit animals
Replies: 29
Views: 2393

Re: Practices to benefit animals

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:08 am
The most effective actions are to make sure they have food and water and shelter if possible
I'll second this.
by shaunc
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for victims of abuse
Replies: 4
Views: 1262

Re: Prayers for victims of abuse

One thing that I've found that helps me is rather than looking at myself as a victim of childhood sexual abuse is to look at myself as a survivor of child abuse.
I do agree that we need to forgive the abuser in order to get on with our lives.
by shaunc
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Amida Kyo for Wuhan
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: Amida Kyo for Wuhan

Namu Amida Butsu

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