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by shaunc
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pig kneels in front of a Buddhist temple in China
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Pig kneels in front of a Buddhist temple in China

Pigs are quite an intelligent animal. It wouldn't surprise me that it was imitating people who were prostrating themselves in front of the temple.
by shaunc
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 42
Views: 1187

Re: Ageism or common sense?

A person who is enlightened probably has no ambition whatsoever to be a political leader.
Mixing politics and religion is usually not a good idea.
by shaunc
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 42
Views: 1187

Re: Ageism or common sense?

I'm approaching 57 years old and I do believe in a compulsory retirement age for any job. In my country it used to be 65 however our government has stopped that and now encourages people to work until they drop dead. However even when we had compulsory retirement politicians and religious leaders we...
by shaunc
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist pest control
Replies: 12
Views: 497

Re: Buddhist pest control

It depends on which pests. Mint works well for ants. Broken egg shells work in the garden for snails and slugs, chilli and garlic are pretty good repellents for pumpkin beetle
by shaunc
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thoughts from a social philosopher
Replies: 17
Views: 862

Re: Thoughts from a social philosopher

I'm a union member and have been since I started working at 15 years old. At one job I had I was the union delegate about 20 years ago. There is a problem with young people not wanting to be members mainly because they think why should I pay $20/week to the union when the guys not paying get exactl...
by shaunc
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thoughts from a social philosopher
Replies: 17
Views: 862

Re: Thoughts from a social philosopher

I'm a union member and have been since I started working at 15 years old. At one job I had I was the union delegate about 20 years ago. There is a problem with young people not wanting to be members mainly because they think why should I pay $20/week to the union when the guys not paying get exactly...
by shaunc
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: is masturbation sexual misconduct?
Replies: 14
Views: 1234

Re: is masturbation sexual misconduct?

If it makes you feel any better, I've always considered it as a hobby.
by shaunc
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Did the Buddha teach against killing a being quickly out of mercy?
Replies: 15
Views: 920

Re: Did the Buddha teach against killing a being quickly out of mercy?

From a Buddhist perspective the taking of any life generates a certain amount of bad karma. Having said that the fact remains that watching an animal suffer needlessly must also generate a certain amount of bad karma. I put down a dog about a year ago, well I paid a vet to do it and yes, no doubt I ...
by shaunc
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Life of Master Shinran
Replies: 5
Views: 709

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: 640

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: 2721

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: 3783

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: 13542

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: 1200

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: 8629

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: 1679

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: 518

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: 1122

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: 1622

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: 9884

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...

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