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by Kim OHara
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 29
Views: 297

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

automatic denial of disagreeable metaphysical aspects of the canon is the kind of view clinging rejected by the buddha regards :goodpost: :anjali: But there is nothing "metaphysical" about 2500-year-old geography. It is as irrelevant to the dhamma as the geographical location of the Garden of Eden ...
by Kim OHara
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 140
Views: 4325

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

This is more about the media than the data so I'm posting it here rather than the other thread although some of the data is worth a look ... 2017-disasters_map_lrg.jpg Extreme weather events in the United States seemed ever-present in the media during 2017, with historic wildfires, floods, hurricane...
by Kim OHara
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 29
Views: 297

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

...I don't know if there is any center-of-the-universe, but if there is one it is highly unlikely to be earth or anywhere near earth. Sorry, David, but you are wrong. I am the centre of the universe. :smile: My universe, of course. It's the only one I know, or can possibly know. "All perspectives a...
by Kim OHara
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Social Media
Replies: 23
Views: 296

Re: Social Media

I like it, of course, when people like my photos. Sometimes I'll put up one on my personal page just to check out the results. But, I'm the guy who makes the final decision about what is Art, and what just I have to say. One thousand Wows is not as important to me as the one person who really gets ...
by Kim OHara
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?

Thanks for chart. Yes, it's the combination of heat and humidity that gets uncomfortable. Then again, most of us wouldn't like to be outdoors in Canadian winter weather, either. :namaste: Kim We got a nice dry -49c earlier this week in my little town in the arctic. I was just fine. Last time I went...
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?

:rofl: Let's not be too silly, folks. Millions of people - billions, in fact - live happy, healthy lives in tropical climates. I'm one of them. :smile: The question was about how westerners (who mostly don't live in a tropical environment) might find it difficult, nothing to do with people's abilit...
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 465
Views: 15638

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

The best damn government money can buy ... Kimmel writer quotes every GOP lawmaker’s post-Florida ‘thoughts and prayers’ tweet — and how much money they took from the NRA https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/kimmel-writer-quotes-every-gop-lawmakers-post-florida-thoughts-prayers-tweet-much-money-took-nra...
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: People with a background in western philosophy
Replies: 11
Views: 137

Re: People with a background in western philosophy

You may also want to look into what might be called neo-classicism in philosophy. Check out the book Philosophy as a way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucalt by Pierre Hadot. A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine is a great neo-stoic overview of how to understand and practi...
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?

If he is comfortable working outside at 42 C he clearly should audition for Stan Lee's Superhumans or wait maybe that is Doodoot .. Doodoot is that you in the picture? :namaste: Mount Isa is dry country - very low humidity - which helps. And country people have always stretched the truth a bit when...
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?

Meanwhile in western Queensland ... South-east Queenslanders might be cranking up the air-conditioners for one of the hottest February weeks on record, but Mount Isa road worker Christopher Petersen reckons those people are a "pack of sooks". Mr Petersen, a traffic controller in the state's north-we...
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?

Among those opining to have visited Thailand and felt the climate was like Switzerland .. I can't actually see anyone on this thread saying that. Is my eyesight faultier than I thought? ... did they do so at 35 C/ 95 F and 90% Humidity .. it is beyond 130 F "realfeel" .. Just asking .. because I ho...
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: What is wrong with Thai tropical climat ?

Some examples based on what I have heard: Heat, humidity, mosquitos that carry malaria, water bourne illnesses/diarrhea, food bourne illnesses, different foods than one is used to, remoteness of modern medical care, lack of modern toilets, wild animals (insects like ants and millipedes that bite), ...
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: People with a background in western philosophy
Replies: 11
Views: 137

Re: People with a background in western philosophy

I have a BA in philosophy, so I'm a certified dilettante. While I don't think philosophy is necessary for studying the Buddha's teachings, I think it has certainly enriched my own studies, but generally in a very broad sense, such that the enrichment comes from studying philosophy as a whole and th...
by Kim OHara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: People with a background in western philosophy
Replies: 11
Views: 137

Re: People with a background in western philosophy

I wouldn't bother with Heidegger or Sartre if I were you. If you feel you have to read a phenomenologist, read Merleau-Ponty. :goodpost: Especially since postmodernism is considered by Buddhism to be the only one, out of 64 philosophies, that is "a product of sheer stupidity". https://dhammawheel.c...
by Kim OHara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1390
Views: 100133

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

People have been pushing hydrogen as a substitute for petrol and diesel in vehicles, but that never made sense to me. As a storage solution (an alternative to big batteries or pumped hydro) for renewable energy, though, hydrogen has advantages. The South Australia government has announced funding fo...
by Kim OHara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Why Do Buddhism Sections in Libraries / Bookstores Omit the Suttas?
Replies: 7
Views: 138

Re: Why Do Buddhism Sections in Libraries / Bookstores Omit the Suttas?

Hi, Jubal, I can think of three separate explanations for what you've observed, and they may all be true: 1. Scriptures aren't books "about" the religion so they are treated differently by libraries and bookshops. Are there bibles in the Christianity section? Korans in the Muslim section? 2. Buddhis...
by Kim OHara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 55
Views: 1155

Re: Pretty pictures

:twothumbsup:

:thanks:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1390
Views: 100133

Re: Solar Power: The Case for Tempered Optimism

It's strange, even shocking, when someone tells me that they believe global warming is an "existential threat" and the major threat to mankind and yet they also strongly oppose nuclear generation of electricity. Who are you talking about that says this? Or are they just :strawman: :strawman: :straw...
by Kim OHara
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1390
Views: 100133

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

So much going on ... here's a random collection from my FB feed.
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Kim
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1390
Views: 100133

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Solar replaces nuclear in Vietnam: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Vietnam-sees-solar-power-construction-boom-as-nation-goes-green?page=1 The jist of the story being that: the country scrambles to make up for the anticipated power shortage due to the recent cancellation of nuclear power pla...