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by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 31, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mountains and Rivers quote
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Mountains and Rivers quote

... Please help if you recognize the quote. By the way, I found this link quite helpful, as it lists several other translations/commentaries: https://terebess.hu/zen/qingyuan.html I recognised it and when I looked at your link I saw at least three places I probably saw it, years ago. But that leave...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue May 29, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Happy Saka Dawa 2018, May 29
Replies: 14
Views: 728

Re: Happy Saka Dawa 2018, May 29

Thanks. Good news. :twothumbsup: I remembered faintly and thus something like that dawned on me already. I'm always a bit confused about it, if that makes you feel better. Theravadins celebrate it as Vesak on the full moon day, May 29 but in some countries they have chosen to celebrate a month earl...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue May 29, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: did Buddha made this prediction?
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: did Buddha made this prediction?

With a bit of searching I found it was in the Mahāsupina Jātaka. I wasn't too surprised to find it isn't a 'real' sutra, actually, because it has the style of a folk tale. A Thai-trained Theravadin monk gives a lot of information about it at https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=10807 (yes, that's...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 28, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: SGI retention rate only 3%?
Replies: 7
Views: 728

Re: SGI retention rate only 3%?

I'm not a member of SGI and never have been, but I have been professionally interested in retention rates for the whole of my working life since I have taught optional courses in schools and community groups so I thought I could contribute here. Year-on-year retention rates for any voluntary activit...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 24, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Guess who said this?
Replies: 29
Views: 962

Re: Guess who said this?

emaho wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 9:32 am
I would have guessed Eckardt Tolle, because I find the idea of equating Buddha and God completely misguided....
Me too.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 60
Views: 1923

Re: Buddhism on actors

Karma is generated by intention? Yes. And that one who upholds the five precept will will be reborn again as human? Not necessarily, but it certainly improves your chances. :smile: So, if an actor does not intentionally do anything that harm others as his actions on-screen would be scripted/fake an...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 21, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?
Replies: 12
Views: 581

Re: Why do some people find it hard to let go of the religion they grew up with?

... the instinctual pull towards my faith that I grew up with ... Words matter, because they are our tools for clear thinking. "Instinctual" labels your Christianity as inborn and natural, and really, it's neither. If it was, everyone in the world would be Christian, wouldn't they? "Habitual" is th...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 20, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Years after the earthquake, Nepal still needs help
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Years after the earthquake, Nepal still needs help

A reminder - ... No mother can raise a healthy family with dirty water. But women like Hira have no other choice. She lives in remote Far West Nepal, where clean water is dangerously scarce and poverty is widespread. Clean water would change everything for Hira. It would mean she could escape povert...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat May 19, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 108
Views: 18745

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by Kim O'Hara
Sat May 19, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Giant jade Buddha arrives in Victoria, Aust.
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: Giant jade Buddha arrives in Victoria, Aust.

shaunc wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 11:41 pm
Do you know Kim if the statue is staying in Bendigo permanently or if it's still on a tour. The article says that so far it has been to 135 cities.
I only know what's in the article but it appears that the stupa is its permanent home.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 18, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Giant jade Buddha arrives in Victoria, Aust.
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Giant jade Buddha arrives in Victoria, Aust.

9776106-3x2-940x627.jpg A giant Buddha carved from a single piece of jade has taken pride of place inside the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in central Victoria. The stupa — a sacred Buddhist monument — stands 50 metres high and 50 metres wide at its base, making it the largest of its type in ...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 18, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hot vs. Cold Hells
Replies: 21
Views: 760

Re: Hot vs. Cold Hells

The New Yorker canvasses the issue: ...Former Vice-President Al Gore, who was among the first to raise concerns about this problem, convened an interdisciplinary gathering in December of 2008 to discuss some of Hell’s climate issues and how we might begin to address them. To encourage the widest pos...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 18, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hot vs. Cold Hells
Replies: 21
Views: 760

Re: Hot vs. Cold Hells

It's said intense anger (and other things) lead to rebirth in the hell realms. But I haven't came across any explanation of what causes rebirth in a hot hell as opposed to a cold hell? Is this found anywhere? Seems to be reasonable, especially among the Vikings with their goddess of death, Hel, rul...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 18, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hot vs. Cold Hells
Replies: 21
Views: 760

Re: Hot vs. Cold Hells

I always figured that countries which were often too cold for comfort (e.g. Tibet) created cold hells and countries which were often too hot (e.g. the middle east) created hot hells. But I always figured, too, that that was probably too simplistic. A couple of theoretical research papers do tackle t...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 17, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Waterworld
Replies: 41
Views: 1590

Re: Waterworld

Can't be too serious about it all the time ...

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by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 14, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Accept, respect, love, gone
Replies: 78
Views: 2659

Re: Accept everything or change something?

I think you may be blurring together two things - to "accept everything as is" is not the same as to "accept that everything is as it is" and I think the second is more appropriate/skillful than the first. The first tends to passivity but the second is about awareness, which can lead to the kinds of...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 06, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Psoriasis
Replies: 45
Views: 2189

Re: Psoriasis

Lukeinaz wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 10:49 pm
My psoriasis is completely gone after two weeks of Florida sunshine, salt water, and pina coladas.
Can you get pina coladas cheap under your medical benefits scheme?

:lol:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Waterworld
Replies: 41
Views: 1590

Re: Waterworld

P.S. I could have mentioned SumOfUs as well as Avaaz.
They are both good at hitting hot-button issues, e.g. https://actions.sumofus.org/a/mcdonalds ... our-oceans

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Waterworld
Replies: 41
Views: 1590

Re: Waterworld

In my younger and naively idealistic days, I deeply sympathized with the approach of Earth First! I don't agree with their fundamental philosophical position anymore - more or less the misanthropic view that humanity is a cancer. I did and continue to admire some of their direct actions - tree sitt...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Waterworld
Replies: 41
Views: 1590

Re: Waterworld

In my younger and naively idealistic days, I deeply sympathized with the approach of Earth First! I don't agree with their fundamental philosophical position anymore - more or less the misanthropic view that humanity is a cancer. I did and continue to admire some of their direct actions - tree sitt...

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