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by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist Understanding of Emptiness.
Replies: 10
Views: 267

Re: Buddhist Understanding of Emptiness.

Are causes and conditions natural forces? . . Causes and conditions are just other impermanent phenomena, also empty of inherent existence. The causes and conditions for the light in my room coming on include: - the generator - the fuel for the generator - the wiring - the voltage in the wire - the...
by KathyLauren
Sat May 25, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 349
Views: 21388

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Vegan puritanism is one of the biggest obstacles to making more people vegetarian. It's a dogma with articles of faith that make them pure and better than everyone else. People see right through the tainted motivation and rightly ridicule them. This is Wrong Speech. It is not ever right to ridicule...
by KathyLauren
Fri May 24, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 349
Views: 21388

Re: Great Vegan Debate

The bottom line is that there are *NO* nutrients in animal-based products that are not also available in non-animal sources. None. So with a little care, and no, it is not particularly complicated, anyone who does not have a digestive or metabolic anomaly can be healthily vegan. Om mani padme hum K...
by KathyLauren
Fri May 24, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 349
Views: 21388

Re: Great Vegan Debate

In case of children, especially babies and toddlers, it has the unavoidable capacity to cripple and kill. Babies and toddlers need mother's milk. In the event that the mother is unable to supply enough milk, they need milk from another source. In case of normally developed adults (developed normall...
by KathyLauren
Wed May 15, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1444

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

Define "real". It is harder than you think. (And that is a rhetorical question: I don't need an answer to it.) Anyway, in my younger days, I wondered about this too. Then in the course of reading a puja text, I came across this line: "You [the deity] are the manifestation of the emptiness and awaren...
by KathyLauren
Thu May 02, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Insect karma
Replies: 40
Views: 1131

Re: Insect karma

The conclusion is: The cycle of death and rebirth is long -- only blessings are essential. One must plant their seeds That is the point of the passsage. Not that a beings will spend an infinitely long time in the same rebirth, just that it is a long time, and that the seeds of blessings are required...
by KathyLauren
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Wrinkles & Aging Skin
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Re: Wrinkles & Aging Skin

Smile more. It won't prevent wrinkles, but the ones you get will be nice ones! :D And it will probably reduce stress, so you'll get less of the not-nice ones.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Balanced vegetarian diet
Replies: 59
Views: 2563

Re: Balanced vegetarian diet

Eat regularly from these four food groups: - grains - legumes - fruits - other vegetables, especially colourful ones Protein combining in every meal was considered necessary years ago, but it is no longer considered necessary, not even by the original proponents of the idea. If you eat something fro...
by KathyLauren
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 349
Views: 21388

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

tatpurusa wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:56 pm
is it possible to be a vegan without having an eating disorder?
Yes.

Unless you define it that way, like the thread title does. In which case discussion is meaningless, all 9 pages of it.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 1678

Re: American Circumcision

tingdzin wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:25 am
it is bad karma to lay one's trips, of whatever sort, on children.
Which is exactly why telling young trans kids that they cannot transition is wrong.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 1678

Re: American Circumcision

I am appalled that someone who (in most jurisdictions) is legally assumed to be not competent to buy and consume alcohol or marijuana, sign contracts, or have sex should be considered able to take metabolism-altering chemicals because they are emotionally uncomfortable. The fact that "mainstream" p...
by KathyLauren
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 101
Views: 34758

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Kathy--Without knowing just where on Nova Scotia you are, there is a newly formed retreat center near Baddeck, formed by Kagyu monastics who've left Gampo Abbey. There is also Terry Henderson's Big Hill retreat center, but I don't know if they host regular sittings. I hope this helps. Chris Hi, Chr...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 1582

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

If your kids are old enough to ask the question, they are old enough for a straight answer. Tell your son that the Buddha was an historical person who lived 2600 years ago. That person died at age 80 and no longer lives on the Earth as a human being. So he doesn't actually eat the food. But the impo...
by KathyLauren
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 1678

Re: American Circumcision

Maybe controversially, I don't regard 'transitioning' surgery any differently - over 18. That's a bit of a straw man. No reputable surgeon would perform transition surgery on someone under 18. It just doesn't happen. I agree 100%, and if someone wants a circumcision as an adult that is totally fine...
by KathyLauren
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 15
Views: 825

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

On the one hand, after enlightenment, Buddha doubted for several weeks whether to preach the dharma(Four Noble Truths) comprehended by him, calling it deep. And then he preached it to the five cool yogis, his fellow yoga practitioners. On the other hand, today FNT is set out by modern teachers at t...
by KathyLauren
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 101
Views: 34758

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

I never noticed this thread before! :shrug: I am 64 years old. I got started in Buddhism while I was serving in the RCAF. I was home on leave one time around 1978 and feeling nostalgic for the 1960s. I saw a book by Alan Watts, "The Way of Zen", and thought that Zen was a thing in the 60s so I shoul...
by KathyLauren
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 1274

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

Hello, Edgar. I have been coming here for a long time, though I am not as active as I once was. I do not have a local sangha or meditation group, so my contact with other Buddhists is minimal. Yet the Dharma has been a part of who I am for most of my life. Sometimes I just feel a need to connect wit...
by KathyLauren
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?
Replies: 18
Views: 818

Re: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?

"Evil" is indeed a strong and over-used word. There are a few people who truly are evil: those who intentionally cause suffering. But there are also many very unskillful people who want to do good, but who cause suffering out of ignorance or incompetence. I know quite a few people whose parents fall...
by KathyLauren
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 40
Views: 2548

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

Finding an authentic teacher and sticking with the practice, consistently is probably the best advice - especially if there are local options. :good: That is basically what I did. I first learned about Buddhism by way of Zen, and even after reading about other traditions, I thought that Zen would b...
by KathyLauren
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 5 precepts
Replies: 24
Views: 1261

Re: 5 precepts

I think they are quite important. I do my best to keep them. As others have said, I fail frequently.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy

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