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by shaunc
Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: compromise and relationships
Replies: 12
Views: 1358

Re: compromise and relationships

Relationships IMO are all about compromise. It's human nature to always want to get your own way, however it's maturity that tells you this isn't going to happen. The main part of being in a relationship/family situation is seeing the other persons/people's needs as greater than your own. Rather tha...
by shaunc
Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 93624

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

I recently read a newspaper article on Bhutan. Their government is aiming at making all. Farming organic & measuring success in the happiness & healthiness of it's citizens. A big change from most countries that measure success purely in economical terms. Unfortunately it's probably not realistic fo...
by shaunc
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua
Replies: 85
Views: 19689

Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Thanks for posting this Will. I love the way a lot of Chinese Buddhism seem to mix & match from different traditions & dare I say it even different religions (Taoism & Confucionism).
by shaunc
Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Please post your poems with Tidathep!
Replies: 51
Views: 9255

Re: Please post your poems with Tidathep!

The yard gate. The yard gate closed for the very last time No more work here fellas, it's knock off time Hold your head up boys, don't let 'em know you're hurt You won't be paid extra, ' cause you look like a draught horse in the rain Down to the welfare, got a wife & kids to feed How ya goin col? G...
by shaunc
Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Hair splitting & loopholes in the dharma
Replies: 1
Views: 538

Hair splitting & loopholes in the dharma

Something that I've noticed going on a bit here lately is people hair-splitting & looking for loopholes in the dharma. There was a thread not too long ago where a guy asked whether it would be ok & not against the 3rd precept to feel up his mates girlfriend. There's 2 other threads going at the mome...
by shaunc
Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:00 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Buddhaflowers inspirational tales
Replies: 189
Views: 51472

Re: Buddhaflowers inspirational tales

Thanks for posting these stories on the forum. This is my favourite thread. Also thanks for the photos, my youngest daughter loves them.
by shaunc
Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Was Gautama really a prince?
Replies: 87
Views: 9528

Re: Was Gautama really a prince?

Personally I don't think it really matters that much to lay practitioners like myself how the Buddha made his livelihood prior to enlightenment. What makes the Buddha special to me are his teachings. As a westerner in this day & age I feel extremely lucky to have learned some of his dharma. It's not...
by shaunc
Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chinese vs Japanese pure land
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Re: Chinese vs Japanese pure land

Thanks for the help everyone. Porkchop, I owe it to myself to check out tendai, but from a quick glance it does seem to offer what I'm looking for.
by shaunc
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chinese vs Japanese pure land
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Chinese vs Japanese pure land

Many years after first discovering Buddhism, I'm still trying to find the right school for me. There's been many hours studying different books, pamphlets & web-sites, and for me, lately I feel trapped between Chinese & Japanese pure land. With the Chinese version, I particularly like how chan & pur...
by shaunc
Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non-celibate Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 1675

Non-celibate Buddhism

Mostly the monastics of any Buddhist school/sect are celibate. The only exceptions to this that I know of are some of the Tibetan schools & most of the Japanese schools. If anyone knows of some others please let me know & also the followers of these schools, what in your opinion are the pros & cons ...
by shaunc
Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:25 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Third precept clarification
Replies: 11
Views: 1896

Re: Third precept clarification

I recall reading somewhere that even giving a flower to someone else's lover is sexual misconduct. I forgot where I read that though. I suppose it would depend on the circumstances, but if your intention is to win them over it would be and also if you're doing it secretly from either your spouse or...
by shaunc
Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is your religion?
Replies: 8
Views: 1087

Re: What is your religion?

I once watched a show on tv about Philippine merchant seamen and a nun in Australia that helped them in conjunction with the austalian maritime union. In one episode a sailor showed her his alter in his cabin, it contained a crucifix, a Buddha statue and a copy of the Koran. When the nun asked him w...
by shaunc
Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is your religion?
Replies: 8
Views: 1087

Re: What is your religion?

I once watched a show on tv about Philippine merchant seamen and a nun in Australia that helped them in conjunction with the austalian maritime union. In one episode a sailor showed her his alter in his cabin, it contained a crucifix, a Buddha statue and a copy of the Koran. When the nun asked him w...
by shaunc
Tue May 21, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do you keep your buddhism private?
Replies: 34
Views: 3009

Re: Do you keep your buddhism private?

"that's not very Buddhist" Unfortunately, I feel like rightly or wrongly, if I were to regularly remind people I was Buddhist (most of them know on some level, but I don't talk Dharma with non-dharma folks unless they ask) this would the response..which is kind of the point, being Buddhist actually...
by shaunc
Mon May 20, 2013 7:29 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Relation between Nichiren Shu and Nichiren Shoshu
Replies: 35
Views: 7735

Re: Relation between Nichiren Shu and Nichiren Shoshu

Slightly off topic but I was wondering if anyone could tell me why SGI gets so much bad press off many buddhist forums. I have had a fairly limited exposure to them & they were all very nice people to me. I have heard that they are intolerant of other religions/sects but I never witnessed any of this.
by shaunc
Wed May 08, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: are Western Buddhists complacent? article by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 22
Views: 2602

Re: are Western Buddhists complacent? article by Bhikkhu Bo

That is not to say I think things should stay as they are, most certainly not...but we have to acknowledge that suffering transcends just material poverty as Buddhists, don't we? The more I get to know people on the subcontinent, the more I realize their problems just mirror our own. When they're p...
by shaunc
Wed May 08, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: are Western Buddhists complacent? article by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 22
Views: 2602

Re: are Western Buddhists complacent? article by Bhikkhu Bo

One on level he's right, we can always do more than the (comparatively little) we do. However in terms of "Western Buddhists" I have to wonder whether part of the issue is not lack of compassionate action, or lack of compassionate motivation, but simply the fact that we are not as well organized as...
by shaunc
Mon May 06, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: are Western Buddhists complacent? article by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 22
Views: 2602

Re: are Western Buddhists complacent? article by Bhikkhu Bo

From my perspective I'd have to agree. Many years ago, I suffered from alcoholism, recovering from that disease/problem became the main focus of my life. It became my suffering. About 13 years ago I travelled to SE Asia, the Philippines to be exact, it was there that my eyes were opened, I saw pover...
by shaunc
Sat May 04, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good practices for a householder
Replies: 15
Views: 1874

Re: Good practices for a householder

Thank-you to everyone that answered my little rant. I've got a bit of reading to do over the next week or so & funnily enough I don't feel anymore after reading a the responses & a little bit of some of the links that my practise is as poor as I thought it to be, actually quite the contrary I now fe...
by shaunc
Fri May 03, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good practices for a householder
Replies: 15
Views: 1874

Re: Good practices for a householder

House holders like myself often feel left out when it comes to our practise. We read (often with envy) on forums like this of our fellow practitioners going to exotic places, studying under respected & learned gurus & meeting some very interesting people both lay & monastic. My life is somewhat diff...

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