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by KathyLauren
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Why do so many forum users use only the Wylie transliteration for Tibetan words?
Replies: 15
Views: 497

Re: Why do so many forum users use only the Wylie transliteration for Tibetan words?

If the words are going to be spoken or chanted, then obviously it is useful to have a notation that indicates pronunciation, particularly with Tibetan, which has more silent letters than Irish! But if the purpose is understanding the text, whether for scholarly or devotional purposes, then the most ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Questionnaire about life for academic purposes
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Questionnaire about life for academic purposes

1. A state where you desire nothing. 2. Being able to meet one's goals. 3. Compassion, empathy. 4. Yes, compassion. An action is wrong if it causes suffering. An action is right is it relieves suffering. An action is evil if it intentionally causes suffering. Some actions may be neither right nor wr...
by KathyLauren
Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?
Replies: 29
Views: 695

Re: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?

Does there need to be physics, spiritual or otherwise, behind it? I am quite resistant to magical thinking. Still... If I dedicate my merit, I know it benefits me. It makes me less attached to the merit, and fosters in me an attitude of wanting to help other beings and not hurt them. Does it directl...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: If the body isnt Self, why do we feel touch?
Replies: 18
Views: 611

Re: If the body isnt Self, why do we feel touch?

Wouldnt i be able to detach from the sensations of the body at will if its not me? It is, in fact, possible to detach from physical sensations. I have regular electrolysis sessions that would be much more painful if I didn't detach from the sensations. I am not 100% successful at it, but it is quit...
by KathyLauren
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner
Replies: 13
Views: 846

Re: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner

Nice idea for a thread. :) I've been vegan for over 20 years, and vegetarian for many years before that. Favourite meal? Oh, that's a hard question to answer! I do like to eat, and my wife is a good cook and the queen of vegan desserts. Some Indian dishes like channa masala or lentil curry come to m...
by KathyLauren
Thu May 07, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vesak 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 713

Re: Vesak 2020

The OP is probably wondering why the different calendars. The calendar we use is based on the Sun: either 365 or 366 days in a year. Most people use the same rules to decide if a year should have 365 or 366 days. Traditional Asian cultures use a lunar calendar: either 12 or 13 months in a year. Whet...
by KathyLauren
Tue May 05, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?
Replies: 23
Views: 1047

Re: Can the mind only hold a single object at a time?

The mind can only be aware of one thing at a time. But it is very good at time-sharing. Just like a time-sharing computer can appear to be doing many processes simultaneously, when in fact it is only executing one instruction at a time, so too the mind can appear to be doing many things at once whil...
by KathyLauren
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Offering bowl water and pets
Replies: 67
Views: 2633

Re: Offering bowl water and pets

The water represents eight different kinds of offerings: flowers, incense, food, etc. If water can stand in for all those offerings by means of creative visualization, there is no reason why another substance couldn't stand in for them as well. A handful of dried rice, for example. Or even air. Om m...
by KathyLauren
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Finding my path at work
Replies: 14
Views: 1511

Re: Finding my path at work

Being passionate about something may be over-stating the case. What people usually mean by it is doing something that resonates with your personality and allows you to express it. That is usually a good thing, as it reduces emotional conflicts. Artistic endeavours are a great way of expressing this ...
by KathyLauren
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Should a person be embarrassed for leaving Buddhism just to realize it's the truth and return?
Replies: 8
Views: 984

Re: Should a person be embarrassed for leaving Buddhism just to realize it's the truth and return?

No reason for embarrassment. It sounds like progress to me.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are Buddhist Deities?
Replies: 38
Views: 2548

Re: What are Buddhist Deities?

I puzzled over this for a long time, and it was keeping me from wholeheartedly engaging in my practice. Until one line from a sadhana jumped out at me: it said that the deity was "the manifestation of the emptiness and awareness of my own mind." That completely clarified the issue for me, and I had...
by KathyLauren
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What are Buddhist Deities?
Replies: 38
Views: 2548

Re: What are Buddhist Deities?

I puzzled over this for a long time, and it was keeping me from wholeheartedly engaging in my practice. Until one line from a sadhana jumped out at me: it said that the deity was "the manifestation of the emptiness and awareness of my own mind." That completely clarified the issue for me, and I had ...
by KathyLauren
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Which heavens correspond
Replies: 37
Views: 3061

Re: Which heavens correspond

.... but you could only go babtised to heaven - all others go to hell! even if you saved a thousand lifes and are the inventor of a medicine against cancer & aids for 1,00$ you're going to hell if you are not babtised This point was what convinced me, at age six, that Christianity was wrong. Om man...
by KathyLauren
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 103
Views: 5410

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

Buddhism doesn't have a class problem as there are no buddhist teachings that discriminate on the basis of class. True. But Buddhists do. Individuals bring all their issues with them to the meditation cushion. Since classism exists in society at large, it exists in the meditation hall. Om mani padm...
by KathyLauren
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Does compassion mean never upsetting someone with the truth?
Replies: 13
Views: 1162

Re: Does compassion mean never upsetting someone with the truth?

A good guideline for Right Speech is: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? If the answer to any of those is no, then it should not be said. The catch is the last one, "Is it kind?" Sometimes, the kind thing to say hurts. It takes wisdom to know when it is kinder to say something that hurts than ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi. Nice to meet you all
Replies: 3
Views: 594

Re: Hi. Nice to meet you all

Welcome, Richard!

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to deal with fear the Buddhist way?
Replies: 11
Views: 1444

Re: How to deal with fear the Buddhist way?

The way through fear is forward! The only way to deal with it is to face the fear and to do the thing you are afraid of. Try it on a small scale first, if you can, then work up to the full scale. Once you have done it successfully, the fear will be gone.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Why Don't We Want To Suffer?
Replies: 10
Views: 1213

Re: Why Don't We Want To Suffer?

Suffering is the wish that things would be other than the way they are.

It is a mistake to think of "not wanting" and "suffering" as two different entities. The not wanting is the suffering. That is how desire and suffering are related: they are the same thing.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 3517

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

If we're human, doesn't that imply that we're born with karma that assures another human rebirth? Karma gets used up. The karma that caused you to be born as a human this time may be used up now. The karma that controls your future rebirth is what you do in this life. The state of being transgender...
by KathyLauren
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Copyright questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1159

Re: Copyright questions

The second precept is usually stated as avoiding "taking that which is not given". This is subtly different from the western idea of stealing, and is more in keeping with the concept of copyright. The fundamental question in "taking what is not given" or in copyright is whether the author wanted you...

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