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by shaunc
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: My father died on Dec 2
Replies: 15
Views: 188

Re: My father died on Dec 2

My deepest condolences
Nami Amida Butsu.
by shaunc
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?
Replies: 12
Views: 174

Re: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?

I'd recommend reading the book Liao-Fans for lessons.
I got a paper back copy from a vietnamese pureland temple but the book itself may be taoist rather than buddhist in origin.
Nonetheless it's well worth reading.
by shaunc
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: The Old Blind Woman
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: The Old Blind Woman

Thanks for that link. I've bookmarked it for later reading.
by shaunc
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Opinion about ethicality from a buddhist point of view
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Opinion about ethicality from a buddhist point of view

I'm sorry that this has happened to you, your family and your brother. Like Bristollad said nothing you or your family has done conributed to his illness or his death and I don't believe anything that you or your family could have said or done to save him from himself. Good luck and best wishes. Nam...
by shaunc
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 31
Views: 532

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

I help some overseas relatives with a small business venture. It only costs us about $50AUD/week and it'll take about 2 years for them to see a return (approximately one year left). But to the point in question, they're doing the work, I'm only rolling a bit of bugs bunny into it, they know what it'...
by shaunc
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shambhala closes NYC center
Replies: 21
Views: 677

Re: Shambhala closes NYC center

The market dictates the terms. If people want it there they'll pay, if no one antes up it'll go.
The landlord will get his $30K/month off someone.
by shaunc
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Strange times
Replies: 23
Views: 1264

Re: Strange times

Serious question: is there any reason why I should not buy this? I don't have a statue of Guru Rinpoche, and this looks like a decent price, depending on the size. I guess, depending on your approach, you would need to have it filled properly and blessed. Most statues are mass produced nowadays any...
by shaunc
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped
Replies: 12
Views: 749

Re: Buddhist Authorities Hunt Down Monk For Being Too Ripped

Better than the other pair of clowns that got into a drunken knife fight over the best way to propagate the dharma.
by shaunc
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?
Replies: 10
Views: 270

Re: What are the precepts in Nichiren Shoshu?

I'd imagine that they're the same 5 precepts found in most other schools of buddhism.
by shaunc
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 49
Views: 1948

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

The 5 precepts are guided to help us live our lives in a peaceful and harmless way. However you're the one that decided to take them, not the punters in the restaurant you work at. We all have to survive in this world and sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do. If I'm a customer in a resta...
by shaunc
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodoshu and Jodoshinshu difference on the attendent bodhisattvas
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Jodoshu and Jodoshinshu difference on the attendent bodhisattvas

I've seen some references readings through a few pages here to the idea that Jodo Shin Shu doesn't venerate the Bodhisattvas Seishi and Kannon as much as Jodo Shu, and I'm curious what that means in practice. I tried to post this question once I already, but I think I might have only clicked previe...
by shaunc
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 5 precepts
Replies: 24
Views: 797

Re: 5 precepts

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:51 am
Very and yes, though repentance goes hand in hand.
I'd give a pretty similar answer.
by shaunc
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Another day in America
Replies: 65
Views: 1895

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: 65
Views: 1895

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: 65
Views: 1895

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: 65
Views: 1895

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: 65
Views: 1895

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: 65
Views: 1895

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: 1508

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: 1508

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...

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