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by Kim OHara
Thu May 24, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh

I have been lucky enough to visit both Cambodia and Laos in the last few years - only as a tourist and only for a couple of weeks so read my comments with that in mind. Once consequence of the persecution in Cambodia is that it left a big gap between the few monks who survived it, who are now very o...
by Kim OHara
Thu May 24, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1493
Views: 112406

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

On the way to mostly* renewable power - The ongoing debate around whether it’s feasible to have an electric grid running on 100 percent renewable power in the coming decades often misses a key point: many countries and regions are already at or close to 100 percent now. According to data compiled by...
by Kim OHara
Thu May 24, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1616

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

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Michael Leunig, one of our best cartoonists and a gentleman well aware of social justice and mental health issues, makes a comment which is completely in line with my own prime reason for rejecting the wedding hoopla.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Thu May 24, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8074

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

You're right, of course, but it's an issue which very quickly leads to a problem no-one wants to tackle, i.e., population growth. The two big engines driving us to global environmental collapse are population growth and consumerism. Tackling the first takes us into eugenics and one-chid policies, a...
by Kim OHara
Wed May 23, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8074

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Agreed - Schopenhauer was a miserable bloke. His philosophy was therefore wrong. We know that as Buddhists. But can we now get ...
:focus:

:thanks:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed May 23, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8074

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Wonderful essay from Bhikkhu Bodhi in Tricycle - The Need of the Hour A new vision and scale of values are necessary measures for safeguarding our world. It’s hardly a secret that human recklessness is reaching a critical mass, threatening not only our collective sanity but even our long-term surviv...
by Kim OHara
Wed May 23, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8074

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

This one is broader than just climate change but is so good that I wanted to share it. The UK government wants to put a price on nature – but that will destroy it George Monbiot The government argues that without a price, the living world is accorded no value, ... https://www.theguardian.com/commen...
by Kim OHara
Tue May 22, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Some Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 413

Re: Some Questions

What is the Akashic field, is it real? I'm watching a programme that talks about the Akashic field, and how it's a repository of information that surrounds us and we can access it via meditation. Apparently, it exists and it's being scientifically researched. Anyone know anything about this? A word...
by Kim OHara
Tue May 22, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1616

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

The thread is wandering all over the place at this stage so I can't possibly be OT :tongue: Here's a really good look at the way Meghan was identified, from one of our best journalists, and one who happens to have considerable personal experience of the issue. What race is Meghan Markle? The world h...
by Kim OHara
Sun May 20, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1616

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

:bow:

I thank everyone who plants a tree.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Sun May 20, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1616

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

I'm no royalist but do want to give credit where it's due and this looks like a good place to do that. I have just watched a really positive TV show about the Queen's project to encourage preservation and extension of forests in all the countries of the commonwealth. David Attenborough was the narra...
by Kim OHara
Sun May 20, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1616

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

Yes, I saw the sick bag on FB too - truly a universal platform but not noted for its elevated level of discourse. :tongue: One of our political cartoonists was rather more inventively anti-wedding: It's a fairytale for the modern age. An age filled with flying deathbots and murderous inequality http...
by Kim OHara
Sat May 19, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1493
Views: 112406

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects , compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis. Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the scientists warn. Their research shows t...
by Kim OHara
Sat May 19, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1616

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

The Queen didn't stop it in Australia in 1975. :jedi: Kim I'm a bit shaky on my Australian political history, but wasn't it justified and a good call in the end? "No" to the first question (at best, they could find plausible excuses for it) and "maybe" to the second (Whitlam was probably going to c...
by Kim OHara
Sat May 19, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1616

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

I'm going to watch the wedding tonight with my mother, it will be a nice sociable time with family. Watching big public events like this... it's like watching motor-racing... there's always the chance of a spectacular crash or accident. Plus they have bunting. How often do you get to see bunting in...
by Kim OHara
Fri May 18, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1616

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

Quite a few memes have been doing the rounds of facebook. This one reflects my own attitude very nicely.

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:coffee:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Fri May 18, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rocket festival in NE Thailand
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Rocket festival in NE Thailand

Gunpowder, whisky and a prayer to the gods: Thailand's rocket festival Thamnong Chaiyanit concentrates as he plunges a metre-long drill bit directly into compressed gunpowder. Water floods the whirring drill bit, but one spark could be the end of him, and all the other men nearby packing explosive ...
by Kim OHara
Fri May 18, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 103
Views: 1616

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

The general feeling here in Australia is that the Queen has enormous respect because of her long service and hard work but that Australia will become a republic soon after she is gone, because neither Charles nor the next generation will get the same support. Even in the UK, I think, the royal famil...
by Kim OHara
Thu May 17, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 376
Views: 50230

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

I see it's not an 'open and shut case'. It's more like a case-by-case case. :tongue: Various arguments are being made on both sides. Most of them boil down to "don't take what's not given" on one side (funny, that) and "but it's not hurting anyone" on the other. I agree we shouldn't download Photos...
by Kim OHara
Wed May 16, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8074

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

This one is broader than just climate change but is so good that I wanted to share it. The UK government wants to put a price on nature – but that will destroy it George Monbiot The government argues that without a price, the living world is accorded no value, so irrational decisions are made. By co...