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by shaunc
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where are 1% of Americans?
Replies: 38
Views: 768

Re: Where are 1% of Americans?

When I was younger and wilder a lawyer once told me.
"Jails aren't there to rehabilitate offenders, nor are they there to punish offenders, they're there to give society a break."
I suppose that they do that.
by shaunc
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle
Replies: 27
Views: 803

Re: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle

Forgiveness is in some respects a selfish act. We forgive people for our own peace of mind, not for their benefit. When we forgive someone that doesn't necessarily mean that we welcome them back into our lives with open arms, it just means that we don't harbour ill will towards them. After all, it's...
by shaunc
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 41
Views: 1353

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

The reality is that if you have a roof over your head, some food in the cupboard, a change of clothes, your house has drinkable running water, electricity and a flush toilet, you're among the wealthiest 10% of people in the world. Well, read the post above. It shows that in measurable terms, the pr...
by shaunc
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 41
Views: 1353

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

I watched that film clip and I have to say that I agree with gregarious. I don't often agree with Greg, personally I think that politically he's so far left he's off the road but how can you even think to compare what's going on in that woman's life to a person in a 3rd world country that has to str...
by shaunc
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: My grandmother died
Replies: 13
Views: 375

Re: My grandmother died

My prayers and wishes are with you, your grandmother and family members. Try dedicating some merit towards her for a favourable rebirth in this world or one of the heaven realms or purelands.
Namu Amida Butsu.
by shaunc
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 42
Views: 1323

Re: what is your approach to Dharma?

That's why I'm a pureland devotee. As a lay Buddhist struggling with samsara i need a simple practice. One that has been designed for the masses rather than one designed for monastics and renunciates. Practices in ngakpa lineages are for lay practitioners too. Thanks for that but I'm pretty happy w...
by shaunc
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 42
Views: 1323

Re: what is your approach to Dharma?

As for Pure Land, for mainstream Pure Land anyone can practice it, you don't need a teacher. All you need is faith, same with a mantra concerning Amida or Kannon-sama, anyone can chant with faith and practice with enormous benefit. Also Nichiren Buddhism. This is why these two schools are so popula...
by shaunc
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 41
Views: 1353

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

Ricky wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:18 am
Maybe it is maybe it isnt. Its better to focus on your own life and things you have some control over.
I agree with this sentiment. I can't change the world but I can change the very small part of it that I occupy.
by shaunc
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4584

Re: Weed is now legal in California

In my honest opinion, society in general would be a much better place if smoko was legal and booze was illegal. I can't ever remember even hearing about an all in brawl between potheads. Drug free of course would be even better.
by shaunc
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma
Replies: 179
Views: 3488

Re: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma

If men are SNEAKING behind their partners backs seeing prostitutes or lovers...married or not....(IMHO) it's SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. DUH. Buddha didn't sneak around...did he ??????? Oh, i suppose it was expected of men anyways.....but NOT of women...thus, the DOUBLE STANDARD. Married men sleeping with h...
by shaunc
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma
Replies: 179
Views: 3488

Re: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma

more fellow Buddhists and Vajra Brother and Sisters would be here posting to address this with a sense of urgency. Thank you for your post :anjali: Stefos No thanks, there are enough moralizers who want to deny others their autonomy in Dharma already. We don't have to like others sexual choices, bu...
by shaunc
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dealing with Flaws and Lapses
Replies: 14
Views: 337

Re: Dealing with Flaws and Lapses

I could relate a lot to the OP. As you said, very few of us forrest dwelling sages or monastics. The vast majority of us are preoccupied with making a living and feeding our families. I try not to dwell too much on my short comings but at the same time not to ignore them completely. When you do, do ...
by shaunc
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Electricity for nearly free
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Electricity for nearly free

I can't see anything and have no idea what you're talking about.
by shaunc
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Roberts
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Paul Roberts

At the moment I'm not sure how good my information is but I heard yesterday that Paul Roberts a reasonably well known teacherof jodo shinshu (shin buddhism) has passed away.
If my information is correct may he find peace in the western pureland of Amida.
Namu Amida Butsu.
by shaunc
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Source of "chop wood, carry water"?
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Source of "chop wood, carry water"?

I don't know the source but I believe that it can be attributed to a zen teacher/monk.
by shaunc
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In 'The Beginning' ?
Replies: 24
Views: 526

Re: In 'The Beginning' ?

Maybe I'm not a philosopher, but I could never understand why questions like this were important to people. Perhaps many people that are drawn into following different spiritual paths are navel gazers. Even if someone could answer these type of questions with 100% accuracy I still can't understand h...
by shaunc
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 37
Views: 1029

Re: winning the lottery...???

The best way to make money is to give money (especially to worthy objects). Take the money you waste on the lottery, give it to somebody that needs it and win a positive rebirth (or even enlightenment). Many of us already practice generosity. We all know that the odds are in the houses favour but a...
by shaunc
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 37
Views: 1029

Re: winning the lottery...???

No. But I try religiously. Every Thursday morning before work I buy $30 worth of tickets in a few different games as well as the greyhound recorder. My best win so far was $1200, division 3 which is 5 of the 6 balls. But my 2 biggest wins have been on the dishlickers, $10k and $8k. As they say you'v...
by shaunc
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: can we surely born in Pureland?
Replies: 9
Views: 365

Re: can we surely born in Pureland?

I've loved reading this thread. A great question and just as great answers. Have a great day fellas.
Namu Amida Butsu.
by shaunc
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tokyo shrine
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Tokyo shrine

How very sad that money, power and prestige can often trump the guiding principles of any religion.
Namu Amida Butsu.