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by KathyLauren
Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Euthanasia and the 1st Precept
Replies: 69
Views: 7848

Re: Euthanasia and the 1st Precept

The problem with the automobile analogy is that it assumes that all the people have the same motivations: to make money and/or drive cars. That is likely to be accurate for the trade in vehicles. The assumption of uniform motivation is not accurate for the "trade" in companion animals. The motivatio...
by KathyLauren
Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Either china communism falls or Humanity perishes
Replies: 16
Views: 2094

Re: Either china communism falls or Humanity perishes

I don't wish to argue with the premise stated in the thread title. However, the same could be said of capitalism. Both communism and capitalism are manifestations of the same mindset and values, namely that nature exists for the purpose of our exploitation of it, and that all interests (especially s...
by KathyLauren
Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Euthanasia and the 1st Precept
Replies: 69
Views: 7848

Re: Euthanasia and the 1st Precept

It's kinda like that the seemingly faultless act of taking abandoned animals can be a flawed one if, in the thinking through of it, the factor of how the idiots who dump animals in the first place will percieve such acts has not been taken fully into account? Hi, CG. I follow your reasoning, and I ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Dec 25, 2009 1:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Euthanasia and the 1st Precept
Replies: 69
Views: 7848

Re: Euthanasia and the 1st Precept

I am sorry that your dog is suffering. And that you are, too. There is no right answer, and there is no wrong answer. It is wrong to criticize a person for making any decision that is based on compassion. The Buddhist answer of course is that there is no refuge from suffering except the Triple Gem. ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Eating Meat vs. Drinking Alcohol--Which is worse?
Replies: 90
Views: 8232

Re: Eating Meat vs. Drinking Alcohol--Which is worse?

Clueless Git wrote: Those who know what it is like to be free of both will undoubtedly vote that the worse of the two is meat.
Insightful as always, CG. Good to see you here!

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas (Perfections)
Replies: 16
Views: 2356

Re: The Six Paramitas (Perfections)

But that does not mean that one has to pracitice wisdom after method, right? Because method and wisdom have to be practiced in parallel ... at least according to Lam Rim. Well, one would not stop practicing the first five paramitas when starting to practice the sixth, so, yes, at that point one wou...
by KathyLauren
Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Buddhist prayer...
Replies: 23
Views: 4578

Re: Buddhist prayer...

I do not pray "to" anything. In fact, I do not think that I pray at all. However, I recognize that some of what I do could be called prayer by others. When I say, for example, "May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness", I am not petitioning some external or omnipresent enti...
by KathyLauren
Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Welcome Huifeng
Replies: 16
Views: 2147

Re: Welcome Huifeng

Welcome, Venerable! :sage:

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha Booze
Replies: 19
Views: 2141

Re: Buddha Booze

I am inclined to vote "Other", for the same reason as Dharmagoat. I seldom drink, but I do enjoy an occasional wine or beer. My annual consumption is less than many people's daily consumption. When I do drink alcohol, it is always mindfully. I am aware of its mind-dulling effect, and I mindfully cho...
by KathyLauren
Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:28 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Howdy, again
Replies: 7
Views: 1052

Howdy, again

I am not a brand-new member, but I haven't been here in a while. However, since it doesn't look like e-Sangha is coming back any time soon, I think it is time I contribute to building a "critical mass" here at Dharma Wheel. I am happy that this site is here! :smile:

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:03 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings to old friends and new
Replies: 8
Views: 1111

Re: Greetings to old friends and new

Hi, Ben. I knew you were a cool guy, but I didn't know you were a greyhound guy. My wife will be happy to hear that. She is agitating for us to adopt one or more greyhounds. In fact, as I type this, she is lurking on a greyhound website, and interrupting me to show me the cute pics. Om mani padme hu...
by KathyLauren
Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Heart Sutra
Replies: 15
Views: 1836

Re: Heart Sutra

I think the Heart Sutra is best understood in the context of the entire body of Prajnaparamita Sutras. They all cover the same material, just in different amounts of detail. (My favourite is Conze's translation of the 8000-line Prajnaparamita Sutra - I find it the most accessible.) If you take a sub...
by KathyLauren
Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Howdy!
Replies: 3
Views: 808

Howdy!

Hi, friends! It is great to see this site start up.

Om mani padme hum
Keith