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by Kim O'Hara
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1565

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

... In other words, the foundation for Buddhism is built upon a series of logical arguments. For Taoism, the foundation of personal experience with Tao builds the subsequent logical arguments which may not even be necessary. ... Any similarities between Taoism and Zen/Chan/Seon in this respect are ...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 143
Views: 30866

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by Kim O'Hara
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

Grigoris wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:43 am
Among "common" folk here in Greece, the Catholics are not Christian, only the Greek Orthodox Christians are...
So when the Patriarch talks to the Pope, it's like he's talking to the Dalai Lama?

:smile:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

Bias? I suspect it's stronger but not quite so straightforward. If the reporter or researcher (or research backer) is deeply enough embedded in their own brand of Christianity, they will see other brands as "other" enough to count as separate religions ... while automatically lumping together all sc...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

Bizarre analysis, from where I sit. Nearly two thirds are Christian (perhaps more than two thirds if you add some of the "other affiliation" group) and he says "no religion" is the top result?

:rolleye:

Good to see the evangelical crowd dwindling, though.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 56
Views: 1565

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

... a little light on the Taoist side as it is relatively new to me ... I like The Inner Chapters , introduced here https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/355320.The_Inner_Chapters although my edition is a different one (it's beautifully produced but I'm not going to recommend it because the commentar...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Did anyone else notice?
Replies: 10
Views: 494

Re: Did anyone else notice?

The :buddha1: emoji does not look like the Buddha, but rather the bodhisatta Gautama engaged in ascetic practices. https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-4e22a427dac91be71b47a2ae2fbaf609.webp In the emoji, you can see the deep, pitted eyes, cheek bones, and ribs ... if you have a good imagination, o...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dalai Lama commends New Zealand prime minister and gun law reform
Replies: 20
Views: 642

Re: Dalai Lama commends New Zealand prime minister and gun law reform

Wayfarer wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:30 pm
There was a protester at one of the London Brexit demonstrations holding a sign saying 'Can we PLEASE have New Zealand's PM' :smile:
:tantrum:
But we need her here in Australia!

:thumbsup:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 143
Views: 30866

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by Kim O'Hara
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Open call for Moderator suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 1586

Re: Open call for No Moderators

... the need to practise patience and wrathful compassion. The role is certainly good training in these areas. It's a great learning opportunity but yes, it can be challenging and it's not for everyone. I came to it from twenty years teaching in schools, and that's good training too :rolleye: but a...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 350
Views: 23298

Great Vegan Debate

Without institutional moves towards changing industrial agriculture, and making more institutions vegetarian (both great ideas IMO, btw), etc.....much of vegan and vegetarian "activism" just ends up mainly as first world posturing. Completely true that in theory if we all ate vegan the environment ...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Sacred Tattoos of Thailand
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: The Sacred Tattoos of Thailand

Thanks, Greg.
I have just cross-posted it to the Tantric Theravada thread on DWT - https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10503 which may also interest DWM members.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Beto O'Rourke is Running, Too!
Replies: 12
Views: 645

Re: Beto O'Rourke is Running, Too!

A bit of a digression - picking up on the fossil fuel industry folks donating a big chunk of money... We should have no illusions that when we talk about things like universal healthcare and shifting to renewable energy sources, we are talking about reallocating vast resources and reorganizing the ...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 301
Views: 10043

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

... what's the point? I'm going to let an atheistically-inclined Islamic poet and mathematician answer that. XXIX. Myself when young did eagerly frequent Doctor and Saint, and heard great Argument About it and about; but evermore Came out by the same Door as in I went. XXX. With them the Seed of Wi...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Beto O'Rourke is Running, Too!
Replies: 12
Views: 645

Re: Beto O'Rourke is Running, Too!

Beto? ...So what does his presidential bid mean for the environment and tackling climate change? It’s complicated. First, the good news: O’Rourke is no climate denier. Even in deep-red Texas, O’Rourke, who had no name recognition nationally until he launched a grassroots, seat-of-your-pants campaign...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HHDL: sixty years in exile
Replies: 13
Views: 692

HHDL: sixty years in exile

Today marks the 60th anniversary of HHDL's escape from Chinese forces in Lhasa. :bow: Sixty years ago today, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet under the cover of darkness, disguised as a soldier. The unexpected invitation set alarm bells ringing for the Dalai Lama and his senior advisors, who quickly devise...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Where Do I fit In?
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: Where Do I fit In?

HI, Rob, and welcome. :hi: Your self-description does fit the Zen tradition far better than any other but if you hang around here you may find something of value in other traditions, too. And in real life, the boundaries between traditions are somewhat fuzzy, with Zen even blurring into Shinto (in J...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is flexibility the opposite of perseverance? Do virtues become bad if gone overboard?
Replies: 23
Views: 624

Re: Is flexibility the opposite of perseverance? Do virtues become bad if gone overboard?

Do virtues become bad if gone overboard?
"All evil is good become cancerous."
- Isaac Asimov (who was not at all Buddhist but was a very smart guy)

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knife crimes in England
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: Knife crimes in England

Queequeg wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:02 am
Yavana wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:55 pm
Anyone here ever notice how chopsticks are pointy? Like dangerously pointy?
And you can catch flies with them.
I can't!

:shock:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Knife crimes in England
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: Knife crimes in England

FWIW, there has been an upsurge in stabbings in Australia, too. I'm not sure of the causes but I suspect much of the violence is drug-related, as it is in the UK (and the US), and that knives are the weapon of choice for teenagers - perhaps because they are more easily available than guns. :coffee: ...

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