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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: 1383

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: 285

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...
by KathyLauren
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1383

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

In the latest issue of Buddhadharma magazine, one of the articles mentions an incident in which the Buddha accepted a transgender monk and a transgender nun into his order,according to their identified gender. I do not have a citation handy, but I will look it up and post it here tomorrow. Unfortun...
by KathyLauren
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender
Replies: 50
Views: 1383

Re: Obtaining a specific rebirth as a transgender

Hi, Agdistis. First of all, let me say that I am transgender. I started my transition three years ago, at age 61. I have been a Buddhist for over 40 years. I know of nothing contradictory between being Buddhist and being transgender. People are born transgender, so it is like any other birth conditi...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism, and theistic religions.
Replies: 56
Views: 2130

Re: Buddhism, and theistic religions.

Is there something similar in Buddhism? Is the Buddha or Bodhisattvas 'right there' to hear you or help you or guide you in the same sense? What is the view of Tibetan Buddhism of this and Mahayana schools more widely. Years ago, when I was just starting out with Tibetan Buddhism, I had serious dou...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1282

Re: What is magic?

You mean advanced technology does not follow the laws of physics? No. Clarke's Third Law does not say that advanced technology IS magic. He is saying that magic is simply technology that is more advanced than we can explain. The knowledge level of the audience is the main variable in deciding if a ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1282

Re: What is magic?

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 1007

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

If you'd rather not use one of the rude or violent options suggested above, just acknowledge your white privilege. It is real, but it is not something to be ashamed of. It is just something to be applied skilfully. Say, "Yes, I acknowledge that I have benefited from white privilege, but I have done ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist Understanding of Emptiness.
Replies: 10
Views: 396

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: 359
Views: 26257

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: 359
Views: 26257

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: 359
Views: 26257

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: 2090

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: 1572

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: 1163

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: 3147

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: 359
Views: 26257

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: 1910

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: 1910

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: 39158

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...

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