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by DGA
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Greetings from Oregon

Greetings to all. My user name is also my Dharma name. I am a practitioner of the Karma Kagyu lineage. I hope I can provide some insights here from time to time. There are no Karma Kagyu groups near by, but I do get occasional guidance from my teacher in Indonesia (I think) as I am working through ...
by DGA
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Buddhist Churches of America: An Overview
Replies: 24
Views: 375

Re: The Buddhist Churches of America: An Overview

I'd like to know more about the different initiatives and programs the BCA has been involved with in recent years.

For example, I'm a parent of a young child, and one thing I've read a little bit about but not enough is the BCA's programming for children. Anyone familiar with this?
by DGA
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto Zen Quotes
Replies: 92
Views: 1093

Re: Soto Zen Quotes

"It would be great if more of these inspiring quotations were attributed to their original author."

--Dōgen


"Everything you read on the interwebz is 100% legit!"

--Abraham Lincoln
by DGA
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vimalakirtinirdesha Sūtra
Replies: 13
Views: 407

Re: Vimalakirtinirdesha Sūtra

My favorite part of this sutra is the first chapter, in which he says the Pure Land is really here and now, and that the world only appears impure for the sake of leading unenlightened beings to salvation. That's an interesting point. If you have time, would you mind quoting that for everyone's ben...
by DGA
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right
Replies: 103
Views: 2133

Re: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right

Strive wrote:im not historian or anything but i think islam has had much more peaceful history then christianity. i as a buddhist would feel more safe in saudi arabia then somewhere like alabama


Have you visited either Alabama or Saudi Arabia?
by DGA
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 155
Views: 3386

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Thoughts? Another thing worth mentioning, for those concerned about the environment, is the biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions is animal agriculture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_and_agriculture#Livestock Yes, that's true, but also beside the point. This is a discussion about...
by DGA
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: 'Zero-Calorie' Sweeteners Aren't Actually Calorie-Free?
Replies: 16
Views: 312

Re: 'Zero-Calorie' Sweeteners Aren't Actually Calorie-Free?

https://www.foodbeast.com/news/zero-calorie-sweeteners-have-calories/ Given the calories of supposedly calorie-free sweeteners, are we better off just putting real sugar in our coffee? You are better off not sugarcoating it and drinking your coffee correctly. Let Ms. Turner explain. https://www.you...
by DGA
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 155
Views: 3386

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

For clarification: I am not anti-vegan any more than I am opposed to the second law of thermodynamics. FWIW, that isn't how it comes across. You think Thich Nhat Hanh has an eating disorder. I find that highly unlikely. :smile: I didn't say anything about Thich Nhat Hanh in this thread. :shrug:
by DGA
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 155
Views: 3386

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Food preferences are largely an exercise in self-grasping (constructing myself as a "good person," or as a "person with good taste," or as a "person with a regionally-appropriate sensibility," or just acting out habit and nostalgia, repeating the same old round again b...
by DGA
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rescue Pets
Replies: 14
Views: 336

Rescue Pets

This topic came up in a separate discussion but I think it's important enough for its own thread. At least it's important to me, since rescue pets are a big part of my life. We have four of them here at the Anderson Mammal Pavilion: Donovan and Leonard (both tomcats), and Lewis and Uma (a shiba inu ...
by DGA
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 155
Views: 3386

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

To answer the title question, no of course being vegan is not an eating disorder! I respectfully disagree on this point. I do agree with the concern you have expressed for the welfare of animals, who are sentient beings just like us. For clarification: I am not anti-vegan any more than I am opposed...
by DGA
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 155
Views: 3386

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

I'll go one further and say most people who obsess long term over diet details (rather than just planning, etc.) are often in one way or another, on the road to an eating disorder. Goes for Paleo as much as for Vegans. Tell ya what, if you find Vegans uniquely annoying go spend some time with a Cro...
by DGA
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 155
Views: 3386

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Did you ever notice that vegan food is often unpalatable and, not infrequently, unpleasant to the sense organs?

before, during, and after digestion, if you know what I mean.

I'm talking about the farting. Vegans can be farty, you know.
by DGA
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 32
Views: 772

Re: Diets are dumb

Why would a Buddhist, who believes in endless rebirth, care about health and longevity? Because in my next life, I’m not going to remember this one. Why? Endless rebirth means endless suffering. This lifetime is precious because it's a golden opportunity to practice Dharma now. In this lifetime, yo...
by DGA
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 32
Views: 772

Re: Diets are dumb

Punya wrote:Perhaps what you mean DGA is that diet fads are dumb.


Yes, as I said above, that's exactly the point I'm trying to make. Or one among several.

I'm being a bit puckish about it in order to provoke a discussion that hopefully won't fall into the same boring ruts.
by DGA
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 155
Views: 3386

Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Or veganism coincides with eating disorders Or veganism converges with eating disorders Or veganism opens onto eating disorders, like a gateway drug The point is that the two are very difficult to tease apart, and in a practical sense, are difficult to distinguish from each other. It's possible to h...
by DGA
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How the Sugar Industry Shifted the Blame to Fat
Replies: 15
Views: 527

Re: How the Sugar Industry Shifted the Blame to Fat

Sugar is pretty great.

I also like alcohol.
by DGA
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects.
Replies: 218
Views: 9309

Re: Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects.

Oh, I get it now.

JazzIsTVRicky is to illarazza as Weird Al Yankovic is to Madonna.

With that thought, go back and reread this thread, and convince me this isn't an attempt at parody
by DGA
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects.
Replies: 218
Views: 9309

Re: Gongyo as Practiced by Nichiren Buddhism Sects.

JazzIsTvRicky wrote:I am the only person on this earth teaching Nichiren Buddhism as he teaches.


This is a remarkable claim to make, Mr Brown.

Would you please lay out some evidence and arguments in support of it?
by DGA
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "All Buddha-Nature is One"
Replies: 69
Views: 2234

Re: "All Buddha-Nature is One"

odysseus wrote:
DGA wrote: "all Buddha-nature is one"


Zen would answer: "One what?".


I can't speak on behalf of Zen, but this post strikes at the questions I'm trying to raise in this thread (or one of them).

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