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by shaunc
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 150
Views: 3199

Re: The DJKR Topic

That's interesting. I honestly never thought that it would be a crime anywhere. Distasteful, sure, but that's only my own personal opinion but if it is a crime that makes it a whole new ball game.
It still perplexes me why it would be a crime, after all, we're talking about adults.
by shaunc
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Alone
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: Alone

I know how you feel about leading a busy life. I've got a wife and 4 kids. I work a full time job as well as working every 4th weekend overtime. On the 3 weekends that I have off l usually end up doing a few shifts on a casual basis at our airport. That's one of the main reasons pureland buddhism ap...
by shaunc
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Alone
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: Alone

Hi i live in Sweden, Where there is no jodo shin temples or groups at all. So sometimes i feel alone and that something is missing. I have contact with a jodo shin teacher online which is very helpfull. Anyone else in my situation? And how do you deal With this? Perhaps i should start my own temple...
by shaunc
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4605

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

...This is much more of a Mason/Dixon line issue than anyone is willing to admit. Oh there are plenty of people especially in the South who not only admit this but also wish to talk about it. However in the current climate anyone trying to do so is shouted down, the idea being that if the oppositio...
by shaunc
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching

Sorry but I am not a scholar or academic and am not in a position to quote sources or get into debates. But basically and very simply, while the buddha was alive and for the first 500 years after his death self power methods of enlightenment worked because of Sakyumani's good karma after we entered ...
by shaunc
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4605

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Come on Malcolm, that's not an answer. Why is the NRA's lobbying amongst the American people so successful? Because guns are embedded deeply within our culture, like football and cheeseburgers and movies. People get very defensive about their culture and cherished traditions. That's very true. Ther...
by shaunc
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual Harassment
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: Sexual Harassment

I've heard "Any man that suffers domestic violence should be hit harder" more times then I should... (Not in relation to me) I don't mind that my current girlfriend hits me in the face when her feelings are hurt. She's ride or die. Let me get this right. If some woman makes sexual advances on you a...
by shaunc
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Morality of stockholding
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Morality of stockholding

There are several different questions in there, I'll break it down a bit. These are big issues, so this is just a simplified view. Let's first agree that the reason companies are created is to make a profit. That being said, Do you think is it immoral to own shares in a company that makes profits f...
by shaunc
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon

I think that you'll find that the problem with all institutions including religion is people, more accurately, greedy people that are more interested in power and prestige than practicing their religion and upholding the spirit of the ideology. There's been many threads on here about different teach...
by shaunc
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4605

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

The war on guns will have to run concurrently with a war on fear and ignorance. Unfortunately I don't think it'll be successful. Guns are part of the American culture. Recently in Australia the New South Wales government tried to ban greyhound racing the public outcry was huge and the government di...
by shaunc
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4605

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

So yes, gun control, by itself, is not enough. There has to be a radical shift in the American mindset too. I say this with a heavy heart and also realize that what I'm saying doesn't apply to all U.S. citizens. God only knows that I don't agree with Greg very often. But the way Americans think in ...
by shaunc
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4605

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Really it's all common sense. If there's less guns in a society then there's going to be less shootings. If there's less cars in a society then there's going to be less car accidents and if there's less dogs in a society then there's going to be less dog bites. You don't have to be particularly smar...
by shaunc
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4605

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Virtue signaling and righteous indignation are so satisfying to the ego...arent they? Pull your heads out of the clouds..this is samsara..it cant be fixed. Face it..there are bad people in the world who dont care what you think about, well, basically anything...and simply cant be reasoned with and ...
by shaunc
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4605

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Australia has probably the strictest gun laws in the world, if not we'd definitely be mentioned in the top 10. Here's a few statistics to think over. In the U.S. you're 15 times more likely to die from a gun than in Australia, on a per capita basis. Since the Orlando shooting there's been more than ...
by shaunc
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 242
Views: 4605

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I heard on a media report that he was a big gambler, often winning and losing amounts in the vicinity of $250,000. Just speculating but he may have felt that he'd been cheated or his line of credit cancelled or something along those lines.
Very sad.
by shaunc
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Not feeling totally safe around my dad
Replies: 23
Views: 538

Re: Not feeling totally safe around my dad

I'd recommend leaving the situation as "justsit" advised. You can't change anyone else's behavior but that doesn't mean that you have to put up with it either. I'd give any other family members the same advice too, whether they choose to take it or not is their call. Good luck and best wishes. Namu ...
by shaunc
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha as a god
Replies: 24
Views: 913

Re: Buddha as a god

Not sure when but the hindu traditions at some point welcomed him into the fold of avatars. It's not a case of ecumenism, as it's said he was an avatar of Vishnu sent to teach a false dharma to the asuras so that the devas may defeat them easier. Some versions say that he actually wanted to end ani...
by shaunc
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Accepting Pure Land
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Accepting Pure Land

It's great to hear that everything is working out for you.
by shaunc
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Teachings of Honen Volume 2
Replies: 58
Views: 1441

Re: Teachings of Honen Volume 2

Thank you
Namu Amida Butsu.
by shaunc
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Desire and Aversion
Replies: 22
Views: 557

Re: Desire and Aversion

I don't know if this will help you at all or not, but as child, teenager and young adult I had anything but a normal and carefree life. I never found any peace until I could embrace, accept and then let go of my past, this also included forgiving people that probably didn't deserve any forgiveness f...