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by shaunc
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Listening to the radio at work today and President Trump (U.S.A.) has met with Prime minister Turnbull (Australia). Unfortunately both have agreed that an Australian style gun ban won't work in the U.S and there's no proposed changes to the U.S. gun laws. It's a shame that he hasn't noticed that tho...
by shaunc
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

As a father of 4 children, 3 of them boys occasionally one of them would pick up a stick and hit the other. Of course I didn't blame the stick, but I still took it away.
by shaunc
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu
Replies: 31
Views: 785

Re: Interesting phenomena occurring during Nembutsu

It would be worthwhile (in another thread probably) to probe just what it was that prompted Honen to part ways with Tendai and take his inspiration from Shan-dao. The official version. http://www.jsri.jp/English/Honen/LIFE/training.html http://www.jsri.jp/English/Honen/LIFE/conversion.html Thank yo...
by shaunc
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Disclosure: I was encouraged to get a gun for self protection when I was living in a really high crime area in South Central LA. I have some crazy stories, but I learned that if you aren't involving yourself with gangs and drugs, you really don't have anything to fear. As it turned out, I never had...
by shaunc
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Greg is right. The only advantage of a handgun is that it's easy to conceal. A hunter or sporting shooter doesn't need semi-automatic firearms. I'd also suggest limiting magazine capacity to 5 or 6 shots which is still probably more than a hunter would ever need.
by shaunc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

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. Another one that did not watch the video... :roll: The Oz government brought them and destroyed them. I wish...
by shaunc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 443
Views: 13936

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: 443
Views: 13936

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: 40
Views: 602

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: 117
Views: 4259

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: 1052

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: 383

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: 383

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: 25
Views: 1235

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: 1082

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: 1082

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: 879

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: 8
Views: 335

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: 257

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: 2255

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...