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by KathyLauren
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 167
Views: 12533

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: 27
Views: 896

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: 27
Views: 896

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: 94
Views: 27823

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: 837

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: 27
Views: 896

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: 559

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: 94
Views: 27823

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: 762

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: 565

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: 31
Views: 1464

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: 861

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
by KathyLauren
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Will america reelect a wanna be dictator
Replies: 16
Views: 865

Re: Will america reelect a wanna be dictator

"Wanna be"???

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: So, Anthony Bourdain...
Replies: 47
Views: 2502

Re: So, Anthony Bourdain...

I never heard of Anthony Bourdain while he was alive. Still, any suicide is a tragedy. I know too many people who have been out on that ledge, believing that the only way to end their pain is to end their life. Too often, I have sent panicked messages: "Does anyone know how to contact...?" I haven't...
by KathyLauren
Sat May 12, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Intro
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Intro

Welcome, John. :popcorn:

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue May 01, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 3448

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

I do not think the prohibition on killing is absolute. It may be close to absolute, but not quite there. It is true that we have no knowledge of what awaits another being after death. But whatever awaits it, we do not have the ability to influence it. You can't alter another being's karma. So what a...
by KathyLauren
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do we loose our identity when we die?
Replies: 12
Views: 829

Re: Do we loose our identity when we die?

Define "identity". What part of you is your identity?

The Buddha expressly denied the existence of a self. You can't lose your self/identity because you never had one in the first place.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 55
Views: 3074

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

How do you know you're not just making things worse thinking you're making things better (good intentions and all that jazz)??? You don't. You do your best. You learn the "rules" of ethical conduct, you practise meditation, you act, and then you take your chances. Intentions matter, so if you are d...
by KathyLauren
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: First four of six perfections
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: First four of six perfections

Paying attention to strong inner feelings and emotions that do not change would be a good way to find your true self. If something you are doing feels fake or forced, it is not part of your true self. Finding authenticity is difficult, and is a task easily pre-empted by the minutae of daily life. T...
by KathyLauren
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: First four of six perfections
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: First four of six perfections

Pretending to be someone other than your true self will impair everything you do to some extent. And often, we are not aware of the pretense, which is why it is such a challenge. Pretend to be someone other than ones true self, can you give me an example of that? And how can people find their true ...

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