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by shaunc
Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2448

Re: What does it entail to Renew your Precepts?

In theravada tradition the laity renew the 5 precepts at every dana offering.
by shaunc
Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:34 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Can you Renew Precepts on your own in Zen / Chan Buddhism?
Replies: 3
Views: 874

Re: Can you Renew Precepts on your own in Zen / Chan Buddhis

It's probably safe to say that we've all broken one of the 5 precepts from time to time. Just remind yourself of what they are & why you try to keep them & get back on the bike. At the same time remember that the karma from this mistake is unavoidable, so try & do a few extra good deeds as a type of...
by shaunc
Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rajapadanam sasanam- the king is the first donor
Replies: 36
Views: 4420

Re: Rajapadanam sasanam- the king is the first donor

Hi earth-dragon. Wanting to spread the dharma is a very noble ambition but involving government is a recipe for disaster. My country Australia is a very peaceful place & although there are a number of reasons for this the seperation of religion & government is a very important reason for this. The b...
by shaunc
Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: So many schools
Replies: 20
Views: 2913

Re: So many schools

The opinions/advice that has been given to me have made me aware of one thing, the importance of having a sangha. Reading through the many topics covered by this forum I realise that a lot of the practitioners here take their practise of buddhism very seriously. Unfortunately I'm not in a position t...
by shaunc
Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: So many schools
Replies: 20
Views: 2913

Re: So many schools

Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone for their input. It would help I feel if I made myself more clear & explained what experience I had & what problems I'd encountered. Tibetan buddhism is fairly easy for me to access where I live, the plus side is that almost all of them were westerners (language) ...
by shaunc
Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:06 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 85843

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Hi, Keith - long time no see! You're basically right but IMO your freight train metaphor is not such a good one. Climate change - global warming - is on us now, has already happened to a degree (some puns are irresistible :toilet: ) and will keep on happening for the foreseeable future. It's not a ...
by shaunc
Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Homosexuality in Chinese History
Replies: 14
Views: 1572

Re: Homosexuality in Chinese History

Homosexuality has existed for as long as heterosexuality, not only in china but all over the world. It seems to me that westerners make a much bigger deal out of sex than asians in general. In SE Asia as far as sex goes you can get pretty much anything you want. Straight, gay & anything in between. ...
by shaunc
Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: quitting smoking - looking for inspiration
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: quitting smoking - looking for inspiration

Not buddhism I know but at the moment I've been off the smokes for about 6 weeeks, I'm using a combination of champix & swedish snus. Good luck with it. I wish you success.
by shaunc
Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: So many schools
Replies: 20
Views: 2913

Re: So many schools

Thanks for your replys.
by shaunc
Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: So many schools
Replies: 20
Views: 2913

So many schools

There are many different types of buddhism out there to choose from. Theravada, pure-land, zen, tibetan & then there are also sub-schools within them. Mainly I've practised on my own, meditation that was taught to me by theravadan monks (Thai forrest tradition) some pure-land chanting that was taugh...
by shaunc
Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and alcoholism and my experiences
Replies: 4
Views: 947

Re: Buddhism and alcoholism and my experiences

Hi Josh, that is an amazing post. I was 24 when I stopped drink & drugs. That was also in a rehab, it was in march 88 almost 25 years ago. Buddhism & especially meditation have been the greatest tools in my recovery as well as the AA program. Fear & guilt were the 2 most driving forces behind my dri...