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by shaunc
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Source of "chop wood, carry water"?
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Re: Source of "chop wood, carry water"?

I don't know the source but I believe that it can be attributed to a zen teacher/monk.
by shaunc
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In 'The Beginning' ?
Replies: 24
Views: 312

Re: In 'The Beginning' ?

Maybe I'm not a philosopher, but I could never understand why questions like this were important to people. Perhaps many people that are drawn into following different spiritual paths are navel gazers. Even if someone could answer these type of questions with 100% accuracy I still can't understand h...
by shaunc
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 33
Views: 555

Re: winning the lottery...???

The best way to make money is to give money (especially to worthy objects). Take the money you waste on the lottery, give it to somebody that needs it and win a positive rebirth (or even enlightenment). Many of us already practice generosity. We all know that the odds are in the houses favour but a...
by shaunc
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 33
Views: 555

Re: winning the lottery...???

No. But I try religiously. Every Thursday morning before work I buy $30 worth of tickets in a few different games as well as the greyhound recorder. My best win so far was $1200, division 3 which is 5 of the 6 balls. But my 2 biggest wins have been on the dishlickers, $10k and $8k. As they say you'v...
by shaunc
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: can we surely born in Pureland?
Replies: 9
Views: 267

Re: can we surely born in Pureland?

I've loved reading this thread. A great question and just as great answers. Have a great day fellas.
Namu Amida Butsu.
by shaunc
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Tokyo shrine
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Tokyo shrine

How very sad that money, power and prestige can often trump the guiding principles of any religion.
Namu Amida Butsu.
by shaunc
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 261
Views: 8249

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Yes, there is one of those kinds of farm stands everywhere in my town, and everywhere in my county. You want meat, you go up the street to get it from a freezer with no one standing around, you just leave your money. You want milk, same deal. Eggs, go for it. Maple syrup, you got it. And during the...
by shaunc
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?
Replies: 26
Views: 738

Re: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?

Even if Jayaravas theory is true, it doesn't change the message of the dharma.
by shaunc
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland

Thanks. I'll Google it.
by shaunc
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:52 am
shaunc wrote:
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:22 am
Perhaps some pureland traditions offer a similar type of thing.
FGS does something very similar
Out of interest what is FGS.
by shaunc
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Preparing for Ordination in Pureland

I can't vouch for pureland schools but ib the Theravada, Thai forrest monks tradition, you can ordain for a set period of time. Usually it's for 3 months but you can choose to ordain for shorter ( sometimes as little as a weekend) and I've heard of 1 year. Perhaps some pureland traditions offer a si...
by shaunc
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 38
Views: 1839

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

I've been reading this thread again this afternoon after work. At the moment it's spring in Australia and last week I just planted up the vegetable garden and today we're receiving rain. The rain will be good for the young plants but they also need the sun to help them grow. Before I planted up the ...
by shaunc
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia
Replies: 60
Views: 2858

Re: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia

I've wondered how it's viewed from a Buddhist standpoint. I'm pretty sure it's a no-no... Correct - as Buddha in the Sutta-Nipata put it: Laying aside violence toward all living creatures, both the firm & unfirm in the world, one should not kill a living being, nor have it killed, nor condone killi...
by shaunc
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 7789

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

Thank you for telling us about yourself and your journey to pureland buddhism.
Namu Amida Butsu.
Shaun.
by shaunc
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 7789

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

How fortunate we are as westerners to learn of amitabha's pureland. Out of all the forms of buddhism we have available to us today in the west pureland must be the least well known. So simple and easy to practice yet the rewards are immense, not only in the next life but also in our current one. Nam...
by shaunc
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 261
Views: 8249

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

And here we bloody go again. This time 26 people shot dead in a church in Texas ranging in age from 5 years to 72 years and once more a semi-automatic assault rifle is involved and God forbid anyone mentions some form of gun control.
Prayers and merits to all concerned.
Namu Amida Butsu.
by shaunc
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reconciling Nembutsu Practice with Skepticism
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: Reconciling Nembutsu Practice with Skepticism

Thought this deserved its own thread. The short way: Try it out for a while. Try to recite for 15 minutes to an hour a day for maybe a month and see what happens. If you're worried about what to do with your mind during that time and faith is not established, try thinking of Amida, thinking of the ...
by shaunc
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Approaching political subjects from the wrong angle/Too much focus on politics(?)
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Approaching political subjects from the wrong angle/Too much focus on politics(?)

Maybe use dharmawheel to discuss dharma and go to a political forum to discuss your political views. There's a lot of pretty smart people that don't believe that politics and religion should be combined. I can get a political opinion anywhere, left or right wing but the reality of it is that most pe...
by shaunc
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best political system for Dharma
Replies: 52
Views: 1181

Re: Best political system for Dharma

It's usually a good idea not to mix politics and religion.
by shaunc
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 20626

Re: The DJKR Topic

That's interesting. I honestly never thought that it would be a crime anywhere. Distasteful, sure, but that's only my own personal opinion but if it is a crime that makes it a whole new ball game.
It still perplexes me why it would be a crime, after all, we're talking about adults.