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by KathyLauren
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Woman?
Replies: 71
Views: 5909

Re: What is a Woman?

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:42 am
Let's not forget about hormones....estrogen & testosterone.... :stirthepot:
Indeed, let's not.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is a Woman?
Replies: 71
Views: 5909

Re: What is a Woman?

Where to even start? :roll: It is not about chromosomes. It is not about genitals. It is about the brain. Female brain = woman. Male brain = man. No, you can't scan someone's brain and diagnose their gender. The structural differences have a large degree of overlap so a test cannot be diagnostic. Ne...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma kitty
Replies: 13
Views: 1019

Dharma kitty

We just adopted a new kitty from the SPCA. He is about 5 years old and is very mellow. His name is Milo, though my wife reserves the right to change his name. Apparently, he even likes meditation: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/39817311411_cb269c8545_b.jpg As you can see, he is making himself a...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 171
Views: 12486

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Since pain is the actual basis for suffering it is such strange distinction to make. /magnus Pain is just a necessary physical sensation. Suffering in the case of pain is (or is caused by) the aversion to pain. It is perfectly possible, though difficult without practice, to experience pain without ...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 171
Views: 12486

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

Since pain is the actual basis for suffering it is such strange distinction to make. /magnus Pain is just a necessary physical sensation. Suffering in the case of pain is (or is caused by) the aversion to pain. It is perfectly possible, though difficult without practice, to experience pain without ...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 171
Views: 12486

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

I have heard the quote from many sources, and I suspect it is apocryphal. I know that it has nothing explicitly to do with Buddhism. But it is a propos when talking about the difference between pain and suffering, especially if the two are being conflated. Om mani padme hum Kathy It is Haruki Murak...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 171
Views: 12486

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

It is important not to confuse pain with suffering. ("Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.") Hi Kathy, you realise that this is a quote from one of the books by Haruki Murakami, it has nothing particular to do with Buddhism. /magnus I have heard the quote from many sources, and I suspect it i...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Instant Presence and Physical Pain
Replies: 171
Views: 12486

Re: Instant Presence and Physical Pain

It is important not to confuse pain with suffering. ("Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.") If your body is experiencing an injury, you will experience pain. Wishing that the pain would stop is suffering. Experiencing pain with presence would include noting the pain, recognizing and taking wh...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 42
Views: 4068

Re: what is your approach to Dharma?

My practice consists mostly of daily meditation and an attempt to practise compassion and non-attachment in daily life. Although it has been a while since I read a sutra, I do like reading them, so I have great respect and gratitude for the academics who translated them into a language that I can re...
by KathyLauren
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Objectivity" and objective moral values
Replies: 51
Views: 6124

Re: "Objectivity" and objective moral values

I tend to think that "objective" values are mythical monsters like "rights" and JMG's view of the latter should apply equally well to the former. If you go looking for a foundation for either of them, you end up with some version of, "Because I say so!" or "Because God said so!" Neither of those wi...
by KathyLauren
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Obstacle years
Replies: 54
Views: 5426

Re: Obstacle years

cyril wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:06 pm
There are methods to mitigate the enmity between elements in the obstacle year. Knowing in advance when to apply such methods is kinda useful, IMO.
OK. Thanks.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Obstacle years
Replies: 54
Views: 5426

Re: Obstacle years

How is the concept of "obstacle years" helpful? Obstacles arise when they arise, regardless of the calendar. Deal with them as they arise. Deal with them before they arise if you can. What has the calendar got to do with it? Om mani padme hum Kathy Obstacles arise indeed due to the karma accumulate...
by KathyLauren
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Happy new year !
Replies: 22
Views: 1710

Re: Happy new year !

Lucas Oliveira wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:25 pm
Happy New Year Dharma Wheel !!!

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:anjali:
:good: I'll second that! :)

Happy New Year!

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Obstacle years
Replies: 54
Views: 5426

Re: Obstacle years

How is the concept of "obstacle years" helpful? Obstacles arise when they arise, regardless of the calendar. Deal with them as they arise. Deal with them before they arise if you can. What has the calendar got to do with it?

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma
Replies: 179
Views: 16053

Re: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma

I think to discuss this topic meaningfully, you need an idea of frequency. Serial monogamy where one changes partners every month would generally be considered as promiscuous, whereas serial monogamy where one changes partners two or three times in a lifetime would generally not. Om mani padme hum K...
by KathyLauren
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mala Etiquette
Replies: 48
Views: 4060

Re: Mala Etiquette

If you think of a mala as a magic talisman, then of course if is important to get the spell right. Who knows what horrible fate awaits you if you get the spell wrong? The more you look for magic surrounding malas, the more details you will hear about what is the "right" way to do it. Keeping all the...
by KathyLauren
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to (try to) resolve family conflict?
Replies: 8
Views: 1105

Re: How to (try to) resolve family conflict?

You can't. It's their karma; they'll have to deal with it in their own way. My brother and our mother had a huge feud that lasted for years. I have had some conflict resolution / mediation training, so I was motivated to help. But I knew I couldn't be objective with family. I'll help strangers resol...
by KathyLauren
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just call me Sönam
Replies: 24
Views: 4909

Re: Just call me Sönam

So sad to hear that. I wish him a fortunate rebirth.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
by KathyLauren
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Marsipan stolle
Replies: 15
Views: 1795

Re: Marsipan stolle

My mother made a different kind of stollen. She didn't use marsipan, and the dough was more like cake than bread. I've never seen one like it anywhere else. Unfortunately, she never gave me the recipe. :(
by KathyLauren
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Turkey practices?
Replies: 21
Views: 2323

Re: Turkey practices?

Thanksgiving is about to come up, what practices are we to do to liberate all these turkeys? Sorry for spamming, but I'm trying to find out the Mahayana way of liberation for these sentient beings. 1. Don't eat one. 2. Say mantras and/or prayers for them. As with all things, you do what you can and...

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