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by Kim O'Hara
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pureland in Thailand
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Pureland in Thailand

Welcome back :hi: I'm a bit surprised you found a Pure Land temple as such but not at all surprised that you have seen a blurred boundary between Theravada and Mahayana. If you look around, you will also see Hindu deities in Theravada temples, and of course the ubiquitous 'spirit houses' are none of...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Merry Christmas (Thangka)
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Merry Christmas (Thangka)

by Kim O'Hara
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Merry Christmas (Thangka)
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Merry Christmas (Thangka)

Every year I'm very glad, when Christmas is finished. :thumbsup: I am, too. I find the fake goodwill and the unavoidable over-consumption of food and drink hard to deal with, especially in the light of the real ill-will and scarcities around us. All I can do is focus as much as possible on the (gen...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Merry Christmas (Thangka)
Replies: 17
Views: 421

Re: Merry Christmas (Thangka)

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by Kim O'Hara
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Electricity for nearly free
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Electricity for nearly free

I watched it.
I think it's partly a trick (there's something we're not seeing), partly real, and completely useless at anything above toy size.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: New Tax Plan is a war on the Disabled, Poor, and a Boon to the Rich, Corperations, and Foreign Trade partners of theirs.
Replies: 9
Views: 267

Re: New Tax Plan is a war on the Disabled, Poor, and a Boon to the Rich, Corperations, and Foreign Trade partners of the

:offtopic: BTW, what's a liberal icon like Vidal doing using a politically incorrect (not to mention offensive) term [Mongoloids]? I say burn all his books. In his time, and earlier, Down's Syndrome was known as "Mongolism" and people with the syndrome were known as "Mongols" or "Mongoloids" because...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: New Tax Plan is a war on the Disabled, Poor, and a Boon to the Rich, Corperations, and Foreign Trade partners of theirs.
Replies: 9
Views: 267

Re: New Tax Plan is a war on the Disabled, Poor, and a Boon to the Rich, Corperations, and Foreign Trade partners of the

:good:

This has been the Trump agenda all along - steal from the poor, give to the rich, and try to con the middle class into thinking he's doing them and the country a favour. I just wish there were enough Republicans with a sense of social justice to have stopped it.

:toilet:
KIm
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 94
Views: 13975

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by Kim O'Hara
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...
Replies: 22
Views: 866

Re: You Know You've Been on Dharma Wheel Too Long When...

Harimoo wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:44 am
You read the same topic years ago on e-sangha
...and it got the same answers.
:popcorn:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Sugar and Junk Food
Replies: 11
Views: 290

Re: Giving Up Sugar and Junk Food

daibunny wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:10 am
Never shop on an empty stomach, that way you have a better chance of buying with your head rather than your appetite.
:good:
Someone near and dear to me falls for this one far too often! :rolleye:

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 162
Views: 3455

Re: Santa La Muerte

She was new to me so I looked her up. To save others the trouble: Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte[pronunciation?] (Spanish for Our Lady of the Holy Death) or, colloquially, Santa Muerte (Holy Death), is a female deity (or folk saint depending on school of thought) in Mexican folk religion, particu...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Sugar and Junk Food
Replies: 11
Views: 290

Re: Giving Up Sugar and Junk Food

Another way to think about it is Cutting Down o n Sugar and Junk Food , rather than Giving Up Sugar and Junk Food . Why? Because the end result can be the same, if you just keep on cutting down, but the path is far easier because you're giving yourself permission not to go cold turkey. It means you ...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Commercialisation of yoga and mindfulness
Replies: 0
Views: 94

Commercialisation of yoga and mindfulness

Quite a well balanced article: ...at what point does the commodification of something dilute its substance? Yoga student Lauren Anseline's practice began as a concerted effort to avoid consumerist fitness programs. "I was never one of those people who liked the gym," she says. "I'd been to one in my...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The cost of our cheap clothing
Replies: 39
Views: 7099

Re: The cost of our cheap clothing

Breathing new life into this old thread since the issue hasn't gone away and I've just come across a useful resource: https://baptistworldaid.org.au/resources/2017-ethical-fashion-guide/ It's a very quick, easy tool ranking lots of fashion labels according to how good their labour rights management ...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Believe nothing unless..." quote
Replies: 44
Views: 1366

Re: "Believe nothing unless..." quote

I did a little poking around and I found a statement in a lecture by Henry S. Olcott, presented and published in 1880, which I think is more than likely the original source for what eventually became this "quote": Buddha said that we should believe nothing upon authority, not even his own, but beli...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Believe nothing unless..." quote
Replies: 44
Views: 1366

Re: "Believe nothing unless..." quote

Translator's note by Thanissaro Bhikkhu to AN 3.65 which should be of interest to everyone: Although this discourse is often cited as the Buddha's carte blanche for following one's own sense of right and wrong, it actually says something much more rigorous than that. Traditions are not to be follow...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Believe nothing unless..." quote
Replies: 44
Views: 1366

Re: "Believe nothing unless..." quote

Both answers are sort-of-true. The Buddha didn't say exactly that, but he did say something quite similar. However, that quote by itself misrepresents what the Buddha actually said because you need the context. As one translator puts it, "One's own preferences are not to be followed simply because t...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do hundreds of people view postings here for new threads but only few respond?
Replies: 53
Views: 1238

Re: Why do hundreds of people view postings here for new threads but only few respond?

Would be nice if more of our Buddhist brothers and sisters contributed more here to the discussions. :namaste: :twothumbsup: :woohoo: The ratio of 'views' to 'replies' is normally about ten to one. Don't be too negative about it. A lot of views are exploratory, and people realise they are not very ...