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by shaunc
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1223

Re: Another day in America

I find it hard to believe that the leaders of these countries rank a human life somewhere below a chicken and a dog's life. Believe it, sadly. The US Constitution has been interpreted to protect an individual's right to bear arms. There is big money involved in making sure that doesn't change, rega...
by shaunc
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1223

Re: Another day in America

I suppose I'm quite lucky. I live in a society where I don't have a fear of my neighbors. I drove taxi cars for 12 years, 1/2 of that time driving the night shift and only feared for my safety once. I imagine that there's a few blokes in town who keep weapons of some description in their home for sa...
by shaunc
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1223

Re: Another day in America

In 2010 the U.S. outlawed cockfighting and most people managed to get on with their lives, more recently Florida outlawed greyhound racing, which has 11 of the 17 tracks in the U.S. I find it hard to believe that the leaders of these countries rank a human life somewhere below a chicken and a dog's ...
by shaunc
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1223

Re: Another day in America

And statistically I could say that we're all going to die of something one day anyway, so why bother. They put seatbelts in cars and criminalised drink driving to make things a bit safer. I really can't see why it's so much harder with guns. That's actually not what anyone said at all, and that's a...
by shaunc
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1223

Re: Another day in America

And statistically I could say that we're all going to die of something one day anyway, so why bother.
They put seatbelts in cars and criminalised drink driving to make things a bit safer. I really can't see why it's so much harder with guns.
by shaunc
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 61
Views: 1223

Re: Another day in America

...these are statistically rare events... You keep saying that and yet every time I turn on my computer I learn of a new massacre. Every day. It seems that your statistical anomalies are becoming averages... Compared to car accidents, definitely. 101 people die every day in car collisions in the US...
by shaunc
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1389

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

they're not my monkeys and it's not my circus. I know what you mean. But I think it actually helps to have the rest of the world remind the US that it’s an outlier here - otherwise it’s too easy to retreat into exceptionalism. Which is an argument also advanced within the US - “those coastal elites...
by shaunc
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1389

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

I agree with all of the above points but don't let this thread turn into another U.S. gun control thread. That horse has been flogged to death. It's an American problem, let Americans deal with it. Like they have dealt with it up until now? If you can't call the shots in your own backyard, where do...
by shaunc
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1389

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

A man gunned down a class full of 10 year olds and nothing changed. The gun control debate in America is over, Yes, unfortunately and these shootings are regarded as a necessary cost of the 2nd amendment. No and never! It would be nice if we could get ourse.lves together and get rid of the whole st...
by shaunc
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1389

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

They've happened in churches and schools, why not a yoga studio.
by shaunc
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Pittsburgh massacre
Replies: 48
Views: 2072

Re: Pittsburgh massacre

The problem isn't the right wing of politics or the left wing of politics. The problem is extremism, and both sides have their share.
Fortunately I live in a country where not too many people take politics seriously, as a matter of fact sports takes up more room in the newspapers than politics does.
by shaunc
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Man in the Box
Replies: 18
Views: 976

Re: Man in the Box

Good luck and best wishes.
Shaun.
by shaunc
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: As fewer people visit....
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: As fewer people visit....

I've just returned home from a trip to the Philippines. In the small fishing village my wife is originally from the local catholic church is used as a boxing gym 2 or 3 nights/week and on a Saturday night the local teenagers use it for drinking beer and dancing. Personally I think that it's a good i...
by shaunc
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Multiple teachers, Tibetan and Tendai, is that ok?
Replies: 23
Views: 996

Re: Multiple teachers, Tibetan and Tendai, is that ok?

I don't want to buy into the debate about what is allowed and what is not allowed or what is a higher classification and what is a lower classification, but I wouldn't mind a bet that tendai is your karma.
Good luck and best wishes.
Shaun.
by shaunc
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Generosity
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: Generosity

I'd be happy to give goods like food and clothing but I wouldn't give cash.
by shaunc
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: millions die of drug addiction
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: millions die of drug addiction

What extent does familial and social trauma play in this? The few people I have known with this problem have all had trauma from family or society in general inflicted upon them. Kirt I suppose there's a fair amount of truth in that, there was in my case a certain amount of both family and societal...
by shaunc
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: millions die of drug addiction
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: millions die of drug addiction

I'm very fortunate to be sober 30 years from alcoholism. The one thing that we all have in common is that we all know some dead people. Unfortunately it's the nature of the beast.
by shaunc
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers
Replies: 57
Views: 2824

Re: Dalai Lama, visiting the Netherlands, gets tough with abusers

I've mentioned before that there has been a 'Royal Commision' in Australia into institutional responses to child sex abuse (see here . Royal Commissions of enquiry have strong powers of coercion and leave no stone unturned.) There were sexual offenders in all kinds of religious orders, as well as t...
by shaunc
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 3118

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Where I live it's law to get veterinary care for an animal that requires it and sometimes that veterinary care will be euthanasia. Yes, there's no doubt a certain amount of bad karma accrued through putting an animal down, there's also a certain amount of bad karma involved in watching an animal suf...
by shaunc
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...
Replies: 9
Views: 572

Re: Vinaya doesn't prohibit smoking -tobacco-, but...

It seems to depend upon which sect. Plenty of Thai monks smoke.

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