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by KathyLauren
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 18
Views: 261

Re: Mala Etiquette

If you think of a mala as a magic talisman, then of course if is important to get the spell right. Who knows what horrible fate awaits you if you get the spell wrong? The more you look for magic surrounding malas, the more details you will hear about what is the "right" way to do it. Keeping all the...
by KathyLauren
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to (try to) resolve family conflict?
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: How to (try to) resolve family conflict?

You can't. It's their karma; they'll have to deal with it in their own way. My brother and our mother had a huge feud that lasted for years. I have had some conflict resolution / mediation training, so I was motivated to help. But I knew I couldn't be objective with family. I'll help strangers resol...
by KathyLauren
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just call me Sönam
Replies: 23
Views: 2054

Re: Just call me Sönam

So sad to hear that. I wish him a fortunate rebirth.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Marsipan stolle
Replies: 15
Views: 363

Re: Marsipan stolle

My mother made a different kind of stollen. She didn't use marsipan, and the dough was more like cake than bread. I've never seen one like it anywhere else. Unfortunately, she never gave me the recipe. :(
by KathyLauren
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Turkey practices?
Replies: 21
Views: 570

Re: Turkey practices?

Thanksgiving is about to come up, what practices are we to do to liberate all these turkeys? Sorry for spamming, but I'm trying to find out the Mahayana way of liberation for these sentient beings. 1. Don't eat one. 2. Say mantras and/or prayers for them. As with all things, you do what you can and...
by KathyLauren
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!
Replies: 45
Views: 1023

Re: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:23 am
anjali wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:13 am
Do you find that to be a good description?
Reading that, I would say that the best description is "moldy tea".
I tried it once. Yes, that would be an accurate description! :tongue:

A nice Darjeeling (= Dorje Ling) for me, please.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction (and in need of some advice)
Replies: 20
Views: 456

Re: Introduction (and in need of some advice)

Welcome! My feeling is that over-intellectualization can be a hindrance. Practise is better. Not that there is anything wrong with pursuing an academic degree in Buddhist Studies. I worked on a BA in Eastern Religions (the nearest thing that university offered to Buddhist Studies) years ago. You wil...
by KathyLauren
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Winter festivities
Replies: 35
Views: 733

Re: Winter festivities

For me Christmas is cooking and eating... And NOT eating all those chocolates and cookies people bring. :lol: It's a habit were I live that every visitor brings some chocolate for the children. But they do not eat it. :roll: If you have a problem with too much chocolate, I'll take care of that for ...
by KathyLauren
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1782

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Everywhere! If samsara is nirvana and nirvana is perfect, then it must follow that samsara is perfect also. This is a common misunderstanding, similar to saying that we are already enlightened so there is no need to practise. Samsara and nirvana refer to the same reality. It is called nirvana when ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: time, space and the universe
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: time, space and the universe

The standard scientific/cosmological view of space is that it changes: it expands in response to forces that are not yet fully understood. Anything that changes in response to causes and conditions is, by definition, conditioned.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1782

Re: Nothing further to seek...

What you are describing IS narcissism. It is true that we already have Buddhanature within us. So in that sense, there is nothing further to acquire. But that enlightened nature is covered up by ignorance and delusion. To be fully enlightened, we must get rid of those. So although there is nothing t...
by KathyLauren
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 32
Views: 888

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

Thomas- then what about the Jatakas, and all the places in the Pali canon where he talks about before was the Buddha and he calls himself the bodhisatta? That’s where the whole bodhisattva vow comes from OP- because the Mahāyāna doesn’t equate buddhahood with cessation The word "bodhisattva" has di...
by KathyLauren
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: USA Total Solar Eclipses
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Re: USA Total Solar Eclipses

The thread seems incomplete without a picture. This was taken at maximum eclipse here in Nova Scotia, about 50% coverage.

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Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Why samsara exists
Replies: 23
Views: 1190

Re: Why sansara exists

I know that we are in samsara from time without beginning. May be the better question should be - what happened, that we appeared in samsara?? Thank for your answers guys, I know I have difficult questions, but I can find answers nowhere in books :) What happened? Nothing. The appearance of samsara...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rescue Pets
Replies: 14
Views: 592

Re: Rescue Pets

Liesl, a 12 year old tabby cat, was found as a kitten in a feral colony under a community hall. Though young when we adopted her, she was already old enough to be permanently feral. She does not get along well with other cats, tolerating them very grudgingly. My wife is the only person who can appro...
by KathyLauren
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 158
Views: 6005

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

I'm close with someone who was vegetarian for years and all her Western medical blood tests showed she was in perfect health, no deficiencies. However she felt extremely weak, would almost faint when blood was drawn from weakness afterwards, was extremely vulnerable to altitude sickness at slight r...
by KathyLauren
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 158
Views: 6005

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Hehe.. yeah I only asked because that seems to be (not saying in your case) a blindspot in the general vegan approach: absolutely no animal based food or clothing or furniture or medicine, etc. And often times there can be an argumentative intensity in trying to shame people who eat meat or dairy (...
by KathyLauren
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 158
Views: 6005

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

I had my cholesterol checked recently as part of a routine checkup. My doctor said she had never see anyone get levels as low as mine in anyone my age without the use of statin drugs. Dear KathyLauren, do you have any thoughts about the use of oil in cooking and whether to eat a lot of raw foods in...
by KathyLauren
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 158
Views: 6005

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Adamantine wrote: Kathy, are your rescue pets fed vegan diets?
No, they are not. I asked them if they would be willing to do so, but they declined. I am not going to force my beliefs on them.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 158
Views: 6005

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

] Given that I used to eat extreme amounts of meat, it's a miracle that I am now a vegetarian, let alone a vegan. My only sources of animal protein are nonfat, cholesterol-free dairy and egg whites, and my arteries are already thanking me. I had my cholesterol checked recently as part of a routine c...