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by KathyLauren
Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 56625

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: 2619

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: 1494

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: 6105

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: 6105

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: 6105

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: 3240

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...
by KathyLauren
Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: My problem with Boddhichita
Replies: 10
Views: 1298

Re: My problem with Boddhichita

:good: You are mistaking ability with intention. Do you currently have the ability to directly help all sentient beings? Probably not. Do you think it would be a good thing if you could help them? Do you plan to do what you can to help them? Do you want to improve your ability to help them? If the a...
by KathyLauren
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: May buddhist use antibiotics?
Replies: 19
Views: 2963

Re: May buddhist use antibiotics?

Bacteria are not animals. By any traditional categorization of sentient beings (i.e. the six realms), bacteria do not fit. So, if you are a traditional Buddhist, there is no problem. Some new-agey folks think everything is a sentient being, even rocks. That could be a problem. Om mani padme hum Keith
by KathyLauren
Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Lost in Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Lost in Buddhism

The most important thing about choosing which school or sect to go with is that it doesn't matter. Any of them will get you to where you are going. Choosing based on what is available near you is as valid as any other criterion. Once you pick one, it is good to stick with it for a while. But if it r...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to decrease attachment to friends??
Replies: 14
Views: 1169

Re: How to decrease attachment to friends??

I don't think distancing is the opposite of attachment. Learning to detach need not produce any change in your outward behaviour. If your behaviour does change, improvement in your relationships would indicate that you are on the right track; deterioration would indicate that something is wrong. Om ...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma kitty
Replies: 26
Views: 2619

Re: Dharma kitty

Riley is 18, though we have only had him for less than a year.

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma kitty
Replies: 26
Views: 2619

Dharma kitty

Riley, our cat, seems to have some karmic connection to the Dharma. This is one of his favourite spots.
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Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activity?
Replies: 245
Views: 15813

Re: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activi

Thank you all for illustrating my point so effectively: that people get defensive when they encounter something that calls their values into question. That is the source of most of the denial on the climate change issue.

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activity?
Replies: 245
Views: 15813

Re: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activi

Thoughtful analysis, Urgyen Dorje, and probably correct. One additional bias that contributes to the problem is an avoidance of personal responsibility. If people want to believe that they are inherently good people, then they will reject any suggestion that their actions can contribute to any harmf...
by KathyLauren
Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activity?
Replies: 245
Views: 15813

Re: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activi

Solar power is good and necessary. But the real issue lurking behind all this is sustainability. How sustainable is the solar cell industry? To be specific, those solar cells are made in a coal-powered factory. So does the coal saved by their use equal the coal consumed by their manufacture? i don't...
by KathyLauren
Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activity?
Replies: 245
Views: 15813

Re: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activi

The only serious question now is what to do about climate change. There will always be dinosaurs in the background squawking about how it is all a hoax, just as there are still flat-earthers 500 years after Magellan. Unfortunately for the well-being of society, flat-earthers, climate change deniers ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activity?
Replies: 245
Views: 15813

Re: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activi

WeiHan wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
Ummm, last I checked Al Gore is also not a climate scientist.
That is not the point. The point is that politician can exaggerate the issue for their own self interest.
And so can WeiHan.

Om mani padme hum
Keith
by KathyLauren
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activity?
Replies: 245
Views: 15813

Re: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activi

But CO2 is only a small percentage of all type of greenhouse gases. Water Vapour, for example, also a greenhouse gas, constitute an even larger percentage of atmospheric component than CO2. Natural processes also don't identify whcih CO2 is manmade and which is nature created, they simply remove al...
by KathyLauren
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activity?
Replies: 245
Views: 15813

Re: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activi

Could all (or most of) the goals of reducing Global Warming be accomplished through a campaign of reducing pollution? It would seem that consensus could be more easily built around that issue, thereby sidestepping the controversy? No, it is not enough. Not only do we need to commit to a zero carbon...