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by shaunc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 328
Views: 11988

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I don't think handing them in would work in the U.S. as I fear that they'd only end up being resold somewhere down the track, destroying them would be a better option.
Nice sentiment anyway.
by shaunc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 328
Views: 11988

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I'm Australian and I'm not anti-gun but in all honesty a sporting shooter or hunter has no need for semi-automatic weapons. When I used to go rabbiting I used a single shot Lithgow .22 and the vast majority of professional 'roo shooters use bolt action rifles, usually chambered in .223. My belief is...
by shaunc
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 424

Re: Dog thread

As a kid, a kelpie x cattle dog = Sharon
As a teenager, a whippet = shillbe
As an adult; a whippet = diamond
As an adult, a greyhound = Lucy
As an adult, a whippet = smokey
I've always liked short haired sight hounds.
by shaunc
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 105
Views: 3794

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

What I meant is that, if I were to believe that the Pure Land is a literal place billions of galaxies away, with lotus flowers the size of carriage wheels, clear ponds, jeweled trees, etc., then it might cause me to have a sense of anxiety over whether or not that belief is true and real. I would r...
by shaunc
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Donating one's organs at death
Replies: 47
Views: 990

Re: Donating one's organs at death

I'm no expert but surely donating organs after death would have to generate a certain amount of good karma.
by shaunc
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland in Thailand
Replies: 11
Views: 360

Re: Pureland in Thailand

Mainly because of my exposure to SGI, very early on in my experience with buddhism.
by shaunc
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland in Thailand
Replies: 11
Views: 360

Re: Pureland in Thailand

In the city nearest to me there's a Thai Theravada temple and a Vietnamese Mahayana temple. The respective sanghas often go to the opposite temple to show support for things like special holy days and fetes etc. In the Thai temple there's a kuan yin statue, my guess on how it got there is from a Chi...
by shaunc
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for Grigoris's Brother
Replies: 23
Views: 1062

Re: Prayers for Grigoris's Brother

I hope that things work out for you and your brother.
Good luck and best wishes.
Namu Amida Butsu.
Shaun.
by shaunc
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and War
Replies: 49
Views: 1030

Re: Mahayana and War

We don't live in a Buddhist utopia. In this world there is evil and you have to box on with the best of them. There's plenty of Buddhist countries out there and they all have a military, a police force and a judicial system. Yes, I agree, if everyone in the world followed the dharma there would be n...
by shaunc
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana and War
Replies: 49
Views: 1030

Re: Mahayana and War

What would be the Mahayana position on war? Can the wars that were fought against nazis, japan, jihadi terrorists, communists be justified in any way? i think no. but a boddhisattva could decide to participate in war personally if for some reason he found it is necessary i think. The world has alwa...
by shaunc
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wiccan arts and the Mahayana
Replies: 65
Views: 813

Re: Wiccan arts and the Mahayana

In the past and in some cultures today all a witch is, is what west would call a herbalist. My wife is a filipina from a small fishing village in northern Cebu in the Philippine islands. Her sister, now deceased, was the witch doctor in her village. She was basically a first-aider, mid-wife, herbali...
by shaunc
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The Ease of Nembutsu Practice
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Re: The Ease of Nembutsu Practice

That's a great post. I hope that your health picks up soon.
by shaunc
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu vs. Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Jodo Shu vs. Jodo Shinshu

Please double check anything that you get from me but I'll try my best as I understand it. Honen= jodo shu. Taught the nembutsu was the way to Amida's western pureland. Kannon and Seishi boddhisatvas are well honored. Shinran=jodo shinshu. A disciple of Honen. Also taught the nembutsu was the way to...
by shaunc
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2191

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

I can't believe that you two fellas would even attempt to justify such behavior. You're so far left you're off the road. I am not trying to justify anything. I think it is awful that fundamentalists are destroying historical monuments and works of art, I just fail to say how their actions are exist...
by shaunc
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2191

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

Threatening to blow up statues and monuments is not a threat to Buddhadharma You've got to be bloody joking. Blowing up statues has got to be one of the biggest shows of a lack of respect I could think of. Weirdly enough, the people destroying images and statues believe that the images and statues ...
by shaunc
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2191

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

[quote=Malcolm
Threatening to blow up statues and monuments is not a threat to Buddhadharma

You've got to be bloody joking. Blowing up statues has got to be one of the biggest shows of a lack of respect I could think of.
by shaunc
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where are 1% of Americans?
Replies: 38
Views: 966

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: 936

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: 42
Views: 1652

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: 42
Views: 1652

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...