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by KathyLauren
Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dial back the moderation a notch please
Replies: 123
Views: 11934

Re: Dial back the moderation a notch please

If your point of view is that you are only going to contribute to threads that you approve of, then that is extremely childish. You can take your ball and go home. It has nothing to do with "approval" or not of any thread. It is about Right Speech. Why would I want to participate in a thread where ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Dial back the moderation a notch please
Replies: 123
Views: 11934

Re: Dial back the moderation a notch please

I hesitate to dip my fingers in this can of worms, but, what the heck, I will anyway... I am much less active on this forum than I used to be on other Buddhist forums because I find the moderation here too slack. Discussions on interesting topics that I might have wanted to participate in degenerate...
by KathyLauren
Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: DW and Political Bias
Replies: 54
Views: 4660

Re: DW and Political Bias

I would have hoped people who practice should be able to discuss and play around with ideas without having emotional reactions to them, but maybe that's asking a lot. :shrug: Internet forums attract people who get their jollies from emotional reactions. Some react emotionally just because that is t...
by KathyLauren
Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: DW and Political Bias
Replies: 54
Views: 4660

Re: DW and Political Bias

I have not noticed a particular bias. I think the moderation is fairly light-handed. Such moderation as I have noticed does not appear to me to have been politically motivated at all, but rather seems to be motivated by the needs of reasonable decorum and respectful dialogue. The forum could use mor...
by KathyLauren
Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: ethics and reverse ethics
Replies: 20
Views: 1379

Re: ethics and reverse ethics

Unlike other religions or philosophies, where ethics are indeed about establishing community norms, Buddhist ethics are specifically about compassion. In the various "angels on the head of a pin" ethical conundrums that people like to think up, the correct answer, from a Buddhist perspective, is alw...
by KathyLauren
Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is drawn to Buddhism?
Replies: 30
Views: 2155

Re: Who is drawn to Buddhism?

as a rule Buddhists are a humourless lot and not terribly good company, if posters on Internet fora are anything to judge by. I can't generalize about who is drawn to Buddhism per se . But certainly if the question is who is drawn to Buddhist Internet fora, there appear to be a disproportionate num...
by KathyLauren
Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is "going with the flow"?
Replies: 14
Views: 842

Re: What is "going with the flow"?

Granted that "going with the flow" is pretty vague. It might be used in a Buddhist context in the sense of not imposing one's will, as an exercise in non-attachment. I have probably heard it used in that sense. I have a bigger issue with the phrase "meant to be". Discussing whether or not something ...
by KathyLauren
Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth algorithm in Buddhism?
Replies: 16
Views: 1451

Re: Rebirth algorithm in Buddhism?

Oriander wrote:Your random rebirth (human-frog-dog) sounds stupid. And also I dont like when buddhist say that human rebirth is higher than deva's rebirth - this is some kind of stupid discrimination.
:ban:
Your attitude isn't going to help you understand our beliefs now, is it?

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth algorithm in Buddhism?
Replies: 16
Views: 1451

Re: Rebirth algorithm in Buddhism?

Please, I need some accurate algorithm of rebirth in Buddhism. It is rebirth into objective physical world? Or new world will creates when you get some new rebirth? If Buddhism does not believe that whole world it is just hallucination, dream from self karma, then how you can find your parents with...
by KathyLauren
Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ready for some comic relief?
Replies: 18
Views: 1282

Re: Ready for some comic relief?

Having just eaten a couple of pieces of chocolate cake, my middle is very much included! :D

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eating at restaurants that serve meat and alcohol
Replies: 57
Views: 4659

Re: Eating at restaurants that serve meat and alcohol

I agree it's their karma but it's still a sign of disrespect to many serious practitioners. No other religions would tolerate their prophets being displayed for purely commercial and decorative purposes. Your options are to tolerate it or not. IMHO, tolerating it is the better option. Not toleratin...
by KathyLauren
Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eating at restaurants that serve meat and alcohol
Replies: 57
Views: 4659

Re: Eating at restaurants that serve meat and alcohol

Lots of people do lots of things that I disagree with. Life is too short to get upset by all of them. It is their karma, not mine. Even if a Buddha image is there with a purely commercial or decorative intent, it does no harm and may do some good. If meat is on the menu (as it is at 99.9% of restaur...
by KathyLauren
Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 53766

Re: POTUS 2016

David N. Snyder wrote: :namaste:

You see there is hope for the Empire to the South of you.
Only if he gets elected. Ain't holding my breath.

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 53766

Re: POTUS 2016

Thanks for posting this poll. I'd never heard of Bernie Sanders before.
by KathyLauren
Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma kitty
Replies: 26
Views: 2417

Re: Dharma kitty

catmoon wrote:Which raises an interesting question - can cats meditate?
Don't they meditate 20 hours a day? :D

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to start with Buddhism?
Replies: 23
Views: 1446

Re: How to start with Buddhism?

How did you become interested in Buddhism? What have you seen of it so far, and why does that attract you? Knowing what your connection is to Buddhism will make it easier to provide you with guidance. Choosing one's path within Buddhism is really just a matter of personal preference. Pick whichever ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 5763

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

There is no genuine compassion without wisdom and wisdom is what these Christian fundamentalists definitely don't have I have to strongly disagree with that statement. Compassion is the wish to free other beings from suffering. Being without wisdom makes implementing that wish problematic, and will...
by KathyLauren
Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 5763

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

I live on the east coast of Canada. I have a hard time understanding how my guidelines could cause offense. Mostly, they are about how I conduct myself, not about what I say to them. There is plenty of room for holding back if being totally open is going to get me in trouble. In a truly hostile envi...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you answer people who try to convert you?
Replies: 74
Views: 5763

Re: How do you answer people who try to convert you?

What do you do in a work environment where your coworkers are hostile or disparaging of your beliefs? When I was working, I did not discuss religion (or politics) with my co-workers. It's not the appropriate time or place. When confronted by holy-rollers, I have some guidelines that I try to follow...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Supporting veterans and war
Replies: 36
Views: 3067

Re: Supporting veterans and war

Veterans, and even actively serving soldiers, are sentient beings. They deserve compassion. My father was a soldier in WWII. Not by choice: he was drafted. He wouldn't talk much about it, but, from various clues, I believe he was a pacificst prior to becoming a soldier. What they did to him - making...