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by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

One thing that happened to Labor this time was that they sat on the fence on Adani's Galilee Basin coal project and lost votes to both the rural/regional and urban Right (for not approving the project) and to the mostly-urban Left (for not definitively stopping it). Spot on. Thanks. I think the Ada...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

... Labor has strenuously tried to distance itself from the Greens, as the association is electoral poison in rural electorates. That's mostly true but perhaps a bit simplistic. The demographic pie can be sliced in several different ways, and some ways split Labor down the middle, which is a seriou...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

... Labor has strenuously tried to distance itself from the Greens, as the association is electoral poison in rural electorates. That's mostly true but perhaps a bit simplistic. The demographic pie can be sliced in several different ways, and some ways split Labor down the middle, which is a seriou...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

Actually it is the hard right that Tobes mentions that are mainly responsible for Australia’s completely shambolic climate—energy policy fiasco. Prior to 2009 there was an emerging consensus between both sides which was completely shattered by a couple of right-wing senators who likewise think it’s...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 19, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

Oh, and the other silver lining is that the fat ugly plutocrat who blew $60 million harassing all of us via SMS messages for the last 9 months, didn’t get a cracker. Nada, nil, zilch. Suck on that, Clive. :woohoo: I heard that he :quoteunquote: only :quoteunquote: blew $50 million on his advertisin...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat May 18, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Australian Parliamentary Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Australian Parliamentary Elections

Early results (midnight of election day) have the conservative mob being returned to power, but there are enough seats still in doubt that they may have a tiny majority or none. And it was the #ClimateElection that all greenies have been saying it should be - at least in so far as climate denialist ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 13, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2278

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Hi, Tony, The "selfish Theravada" stereotype is unfair but it has some truth in it, or it wouldn't be a stereotype. :thinking: That said, you will find the same attitude amongst some Buddhists of all schools - perhaps least in Thich Nhat Hanh's Engaged Buddhism (intro here - https://dharmawheel.net/...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 13, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Suffering
Replies: 23
Views: 519

Re: Suffering

'Du-kkha' literally translates as 'Hard-to Bear' or 'Difficult-to Bear'. Well, actually ... Dukkha (Pali; Sanskrit duḥkha) is a term found in ancient Indian literature, meaning anything that is "uneasy, uncomfortable, unpleasant, difficult, causing pain or sadness".[7][8] It is also a concept in In...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 12, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 19
Views: 947

Re: What would you buy?

I'm in favour of a small Buddha statue, too, or a picture.
Either way, it is a constant but gentle reminder of the dharma. More generally, it's a work of art and a reminder that not everything is measure in $ values.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 12, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Suffering
Replies: 23
Views: 519

Re: Suffering

...I'm interested in the Tibetan approach to this topic. Is there a text that literally says "All of life is suffering"? What connections exist between this idea and emptiness? I'd appreciate any insight you have time to provide. That first noble truth, as explained by my lama teacher, is more accu...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed May 08, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Peace :)
Replies: 7
Views: 250

Re: Peace :)

G'day from sunny NQ, Josh :hi: ... What I particularly like about Buddhism, and some other Eastern ideas such as Taoism, is that it is a living philosophy rather than an academic philosophy . It is concerned not essentially with doctrines, arguments, and modelling reality with logic, but with ethics...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue May 07, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 1352

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

You're probably thinking about Humanistic Buddhism if you're thinking about Taiwan. It's a movement which is more "engaged" with lay concerns than some others, true, but doesn't use the label as TNH does, and doesn't have any direct connection with "Engaged Buddhism" as such. Here's wikipedia's ove...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 06, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 1352

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

But "traditional" Buddhism is not necessarily the best guide to what the Buddha actually taught. For better or for worse, it's the Buddha's teachings filtered through generations of monastics in several different societies and infused with folk traditions and superstitions of each society it has pa...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 06, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 4131

Re: For the science and religion crowd

... "things as they really are", whatever that means ... Do you have another definition of "objectivity"? :popcorn: Kim The day I wake up and can see both sides of a leaf then I might say I can see things as they really are. Until then I consider myself constrained to perceiving the universe throug...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 06, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 1352

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

... About the topic of "Engaged Buddhism" - my limited understanding is that it grew due to colonialism. Buddhists were trying to compete with aggressive christian missionaries in places like Sri Lanka, etc. Not really. Most people see Thich Nhat Hanh as its most influential proponent. Here is an i...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 06, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha
Replies: 48
Views: 1352

Re: Buddhism and the Historical Buddha

Thank you very much for offering this essay and its sources Wayfarer. I have great concern for a well-balanced and inclusive synthesis between East and West, and particularly Buddhism and secularism. ...This whole idea that Buddhism is "rational" and "science-y" is a modern invention anyway (since ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 06, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 4131

Re: For the science and religion crowd

narhwal90 wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 2:03 pm
... "things as they really are", whatever that means ...
Do you have another definition of "objectivity"?

:popcorn:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 05, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 4131

Re: For the science and religion crowd

I know a few for-real scientists, physicists, mathmeticians and engineers, this does not seem to be a problem that concerns them much- nor are they prone to make assertions that "science" is going to explain everything. They work from theory, mathmatics, instrumentation always refining capability t...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat May 04, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 4131

Re: For the science and religion crowd

I know a few for-real scientists, physicists, mathmeticians and engineers, this does not seem to be a problem that concerns them much- nor are they prone to make assertions that "science" is going to explain everything. They work from theory, mathmatics, instrumentation always refining capability t...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat May 04, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Felt-wearers
Replies: 11
Views: 326

Re: Felt-wearers

Oh boy, this is one of those thorny translation problems. In my mind, there are a number of possibilities: 1. There was a typo in the Tibetan translation. This happens more commonly than many of us would suppose. Because Tibetan is essentially a mono- or di-syllabic language (I could argue this in ...

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