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by KathyLauren
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 85
Views: 26549

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: 691

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: 486

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: 29
Views: 1177

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: 819

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: 844

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: 2454

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: 570

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: 3378

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: 822

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: 3000

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: 838

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: 838

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 ...
by KathyLauren
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: First four of six perfections
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: First four of six perfections

Tom, I think you are getting the ultimate nature of reality and the conventional view of reality confused. The true nature of reality is that nothing has any inherent existence, and that no perceived object (including people) has any entity that can be called a self. This is all very nice. Being abl...
by KathyLauren
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: First four of six perfections
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: First four of six perfections

Hello again, The six perfections of Buddhism typically map to the three practice areas of Buddhism: ethics meditation and wisdom. So the first four (sometimes under other names of similar meaning), are Buddhist ethics. They are: Generosity Discipline Patience Moral strength Question: are there othe...
by KathyLauren
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: From The North Pole To Rome.
Replies: 23
Views: 1147

Re: From The North Pole To Rome.

The reality is that my eldest granddaughter did not see snow until she was in her teens. When was a kid growing up in Glasgow, Scotland in the early 1960s, we might see one snowfall a winter. If there was a 1" accumulation, that was considered a heavy snowfall. And it usually melted by supper time....
by KathyLauren
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 45
Views: 2053

Re: Dog thread

I hope all you dog lovers clean up after your pets, don't let them bark all night, don't assume that everyone loves them as much as you do, and don't let them off the leash in the back country. Otherwise, they are no more than extensions of your selfish egos. Totally agree. We clean up after her, s...
by KathyLauren
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 45
Views: 2053

Re: Dog thread

We have a retired racing greyhound. She'll be 9 this spring.
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Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Woman?
Replies: 71
Views: 3897

Re: What is a Woman?

The ignorance in this thread is astounding. As is the obviousness of the inner circles on this community, but hey don't let me interfere. This is why I quit posting here as much, this place is a cesspool of angst, and veiled aggression. TBH, I see it going the way of E-Sangha. It's actually pretty ...
by KathyLauren
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Woman?
Replies: 71
Views: 3897

Re: What is a Woman?

Jesse wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:08 am
Again, I Stopped reading here.
Well, you are hardly going to become more informed whth that attitude, are you?

I should have expected that attitude from a man in a thread titled "What is a woman".

Om mani padme hum
Kathy

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