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by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1918

Re: What is magic?

You mean advanced technology does not follow the laws of physics? No. Clarke's Third Law does not say that advanced technology IS magic. He is saying that magic is simply technology that is more advanced than we can explain. The knowledge level of the audience is the main variable in deciding if a ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1918

Re: What is magic?

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 1702

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

If you'd rather not use one of the rude or violent options suggested above, just acknowledge your white privilege. It is real, but it is not something to be ashamed of. It is just something to be applied skilfully. Say, "Yes, I acknowledge that I have benefited from white privilege, but I have done ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist Understanding of Emptiness.
Replies: 10
Views: 704

Re: Buddhist Understanding of Emptiness.

Are causes and conditions natural forces? . . Causes and conditions are just other impermanent phenomena, also empty of inherent existence. The causes and conditions for the light in my room coming on include: - the generator - the fuel for the generator - the wiring - the voltage in the wire - the...
by KathyLauren
Sat May 25, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 621
Views: 51767

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Vegan puritanism is one of the biggest obstacles to making more people vegetarian. It's a dogma with articles of faith that make them pure and better than everyone else. People see right through the tainted motivation and rightly ridicule them. This is Wrong Speech. It is not ever right to ridicule...
by KathyLauren
Fri May 24, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 621
Views: 51767

Re: Great Vegan Debate

The bottom line is that there are *NO* nutrients in animal-based products that are not also available in non-animal sources. None. So with a little care, and no, it is not particularly complicated, anyone who does not have a digestive or metabolic anomaly can be healthily vegan. Om mani padme hum K...
by KathyLauren
Fri May 24, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 621
Views: 51767

Re: Great Vegan Debate

In case of children, especially babies and toddlers, it has the unavoidable capacity to cripple and kill. Babies and toddlers need mother's milk. In the event that the mother is unable to supply enough milk, they need milk from another source. In case of normally developed adults (developed normall...
by KathyLauren
Wed May 15, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 3244

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

Define "real". It is harder than you think. (And that is a rhetorical question: I don't need an answer to it.) Anyway, in my younger days, I wondered about this too. Then in the course of reading a puja text, I came across this line: "You [the deity] are the manifestation of the emptiness and awaren...
by KathyLauren
Thu May 02, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Insect karma
Replies: 40
Views: 2524

Re: Insect karma

The conclusion is: The cycle of death and rebirth is long -- only blessings are essential. One must plant their seeds That is the point of the passsage. Not that a beings will spend an infinitely long time in the same rebirth, just that it is a long time, and that the seeds of blessings are required...
by KathyLauren
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Wrinkles & Aging Skin
Replies: 11
Views: 2081

Re: Wrinkles & Aging Skin

Smile more. It won't prevent wrinkles, but the ones you get will be nice ones! :D And it will probably reduce stress, so you'll get less of the not-nice ones.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 621
Views: 51767

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

tatpurusa wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:56 pm
is it possible to be a vegan without having an eating disorder?
Yes.

Unless you define it that way, like the thread title does. In which case discussion is meaningless, all 9 pages of it.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 2757

Re: American Circumcision

tingdzin wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:25 am
it is bad karma to lay one's trips, of whatever sort, on children.
Which is exactly why telling young trans kids that they cannot transition is wrong.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 2757

Re: American Circumcision

I am appalled that someone who (in most jurisdictions) is legally assumed to be not competent to buy and consume alcohol or marijuana, sign contracts, or have sex should be considered able to take metabolism-altering chemicals because they are emotionally uncomfortable. The fact that "mainstream" p...
by KathyLauren
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 119
Views: 58630

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Kathy--Without knowing just where on Nova Scotia you are, there is a newly formed retreat center near Baddeck, formed by Kagyu monastics who've left Gampo Abbey. There is also Terry Henderson's Big Hill retreat center, but I don't know if they host regular sittings. I hope this helps. Chris Hi, Chr...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 3139

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

If your kids are old enough to ask the question, they are old enough for a straight answer. Tell your son that the Buddha was an historical person who lived 2600 years ago. That person died at age 80 and no longer lives on the Earth as a human being. So he doesn't actually eat the food. But the impo...
by KathyLauren
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Circumcision
Replies: 35
Views: 2757

Re: American Circumcision

Maybe controversially, I don't regard 'transitioning' surgery any differently - over 18. That's a bit of a straw man. No reputable surgeon would perform transition surgery on someone under 18. It just doesn't happen. I agree 100%, and if someone wants a circumcision as an adult that is totally fine...
by KathyLauren
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 15
Views: 1310

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

On the one hand, after enlightenment, Buddha doubted for several weeks whether to preach the dharma(Four Noble Truths) comprehended by him, calling it deep. And then he preached it to the five cool yogis, his fellow yoga practitioners. On the other hand, today FNT is set out by modern teachers at t...
by KathyLauren
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 119
Views: 58630

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

I never noticed this thread before! :shrug: I am 64 years old. I got started in Buddhism while I was serving in the RCAF. I was home on leave one time around 1978 and feeling nostalgic for the 1960s. I saw a book by Alan Watts, "The Way of Zen", and thought that Zen was a thing in the 60s so I shoul...
by KathyLauren
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Edgar here, why are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 2572

Re: Edgar here, why are you?

Hello, Edgar. I have been coming here for a long time, though I am not as active as I once was. I do not have a local sangha or meditation group, so my contact with other Buddhists is minimal. Yet the Dharma has been a part of who I am for most of my life. Sometimes I just feel a need to connect wit...
by KathyLauren
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?
Replies: 18
Views: 1482

Re: If an evil parent causes us to betray or become distracted from our faith, is detaching ourselves the best option?

"Evil" is indeed a strong and over-used word. There are a few people who truly are evil: those who intentionally cause suffering. But there are also many very unskillful people who want to do good, but who cause suffering out of ignorance or incompetence. I know quite a few people whose parents fall...

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