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by shaunc
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 390
Views: 12965

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: 390
Views: 12965

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: 390
Views: 12965

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: 390
Views: 12965

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: 390
Views: 12965

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: 493

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: 4154

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: 1018

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: 371

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: 371

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: 1186

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: 1062

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: 1062

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: 850

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: 310

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: 244

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: 2215

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: 2215

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: 2215

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: 972

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.