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by Kim OHara
Sun May 20, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 63
Views: 801

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: 63
Views: 801

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: 63
Views: 801

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: 1490
Views: 111819

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: 63
Views: 801

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: 63
Views: 801

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: 63
Views: 801

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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Kim
by Kim OHara
Fri May 18, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rocket festival in NE Thailand
Replies: 2
Views: 75

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: 63
Views: 801

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: 50020

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: 167
Views: 7719

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...
by Kim OHara
Wed May 16, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 29
Views: 500

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Zom wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 12:48 pm
Do you know the background to it? Who compiled it? Their sources?
This is by Ven. Prayudh Payutto. Probably, the most renowned scholar monk from Thailand.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayudh_Payutto
:thanks:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed May 16, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 376
Views: 50020

Re: Buddhists and copyright

why be so anal about getting everything into a mega thread? how about do that if you have multiple threads on the same topic per day or per week but let people start fresh if it's been awhile. otherwise you get perhaps valuable commentary buried under pages and pages in a big, junky thread that is ...
by Kim OHara
Tue May 15, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1490
Views: 111819

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Leeuw2, I am going to post here a very small selection of the results I got when searching "fossil fuel subsidies". You may (and, on the basis of your past behaviour, I suspect you will) howl them down as being unreliable, incomplete, biased, etc, but I don't want to leave others thinking that your ...
by Kim OHara
Tue May 15, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings on Tantra and Mayahana (from: Tantric Theravada?)
Replies: 33
Views: 376

Re: Tantric Theravada?

Why then does Lotus Sutra state the following: adhimānīnna seveta vinaye cāgame sthitān| arhantasaṁmatān bhikṣūn duḥśīlāṁścaiva varjayet||4|| One should avoid those arrogant, who follow the Vinaya and adhere to Agama, Monks with dubious virtue who consider the Arahantship to be topmost. Don't know....
by Kim OHara
Tue May 15, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 167
Views: 7719

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

LIVING THE CHANGE Our generation is the first to start feeling the impacts of climate disruption and the last to be able to do something meaningful about it. Despite this, politicians are reprehensively slow to take proportionate action, especially in Australia and the US. We need to keep the press...
by Kim OHara
Mon May 14, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 29
Views: 500

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

What are your thoughts? Here: A Constitution for Living: Buddhist Principles for a Fruitful and Harmonious Life :bow: That is good - at least, the first few sections, which is all I've had time to read so far. Do you know the background to it? Who compiled it? Their sources? :namaste: Kim
by Kim OHara
Sun May 13, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1490
Views: 111819

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

:goodpost: There's a lot of truth in what you say although there are also some significant gaps. The biggest gap is that you fail to acknowledge the enormous subsidies paid to fossil-fuel producers and power generators. While they continue, subsidies to solar and wind have little net effect on taxes...
by Kim OHara
Sun May 13, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?
Replies: 137
Views: 3414

Re: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?

The novel 'The Narrow Road To The Deep North', by Richard Flanagan inspired me to go there. The book won some prizes, I believe. Lots of Aussies died on the Burma Railway, too, so it was part of the WW2 history we learned in school. Flanagan is one of Australia's internationally-respected novelists...
by Kim OHara
Sun May 13, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?
Replies: 137
Views: 3414

Re: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?

To answer your question...Americans will assume any ".com" domain is automatically American...(isn't it?) and will assume every other person is most likely American as well. ("Those foreign people have their own websites") ...and since, you know, we invented everything... :tongue: Hope it helps. :a...