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by shaunc
Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2020, part 1
Replies: 141
Views: 9266

Re: POTUS 2020, part 1

Michelle Obama could be a dark horse in with a chance.
by shaunc
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Do Animals Grieve?
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: Do Animals Grieve?

I would imagine that it would depend upon the intelligence of the animal we're discussing. But in the more intelligent species I would say that they most definitely do grieve and feel other emotions as well.
by shaunc
Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:42 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The World's Top Ten Most Generous Countries
Replies: 19
Views: 2280

Re: The World's Top Ten Most Generous Countries

China makes the top 10 least generous in all 3 categories.
by shaunc
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The World's Top Ten Most Generous Countries
Replies: 19
Views: 2280

Re: The World's Top Ten Most Generous Countries

lyndon taylor wrote:I think it rather suspicious that in a BBC article, 6 English speaking countries make it into the top ten, Is there something inherently generous about speaking English????
Not really. The English speaking countries probably have more disposable income and therefore are able to be more generous.
by shaunc
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A trip to the Cambodian Buddhist Temple
Replies: 26
Views: 1473

Re: A trip to the Cambodian Buddhist Temple

His reasoning for saying the 5th precept was the most important is because breaking the 5th precept could lead you to break the other 4, for instance you're probably not going to go off and kill someone unless drugs or alcohol is involved, at least that, as I understand it, was his reasoning. That ...
by shaunc
Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A trip to the Cambodian Buddhist Temple
Replies: 26
Views: 1473

Re: A trip to the Cambodian Buddhist Temple

I find it interesting that he believes the 5th precept is the most important (alcohol/drugs). I personally don't have a dog in this fight but I do find that this is the most controversial of the precepts among westerners. I suppose I was a bit luckier than most as I'd already left that part of my li...
by shaunc
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right speech in a blue collar environment
Replies: 26
Views: 1206

Re: Right speech in a blue collar environment

I've worked in a blue collar environment my whole working life and sometimes you've just got to box on with the best of them. Quite a bit of what constitutes harsh language is who it's aimed at and how it's said. I certainly wouldn't talk to my workmates wives and children in the same way that we ta...
by shaunc
Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Romantic Love
Replies: 119
Views: 11107

Re: Romantic Love

I've been married for 15 years and have 4 kids varying in age from 23 to 7. Every person that you come across in this world is capable of causing you suffering. It's up to you to decide which ones are worth suffering for. My 2 oldest boys mother left me with the kids when they were 3 and 1. I learne...
by shaunc
Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:28 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Radicalism on buddhist forums
Replies: 65
Views: 3343

Re: Radicalism on buddhist forums

Communism/socialism are great theories. The main problem that I see with both of them is that they take away a mans hopes and his incentive to try and work harder than the next bloke.
by shaunc
Fri Jun 17, 2016 2:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you drink alcohol
Replies: 26
Views: 1977

Re: Do you drink alcohol

No . I don't use alcohol.
by shaunc
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Using Thai-Style Altar Table Sets
Replies: 7
Views: 1389

Re: Using Thai-Style Altar Table Sets

I attend a Thai Forrest monastery on a semi regular basis. I do know that lay devotees also offer flowers & fruit. My youngest daughter loves doing this for us when we go.
by shaunc
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: BuDhaGirl Mindful Jewelry
Replies: 22
Views: 1584

Re: BuDhaGirl Mindful Jewelry

If only I knew that I just had to buy jewellery I could have avoided all of this study and practice.
by shaunc
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Albert Einstein say this?
Replies: 19
Views: 21149

Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

I reckon they're both great sayings regardless of who said it.
by shaunc
Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do Buddhists believe in predicting the future?
Replies: 33
Views: 3031

Re: Do Buddhists believe in prediction for the future?

It's best to make your own luck by following the 5 precepts & the noble 8fold path as best you can. If everything in life was predetermined there seems little point in following Buddhism , accumulating merit or any other religion for that matter.
by shaunc
Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thich Nhat Hanh Is Seriously Ill
Replies: 9
Views: 1478

Re: Thich Nhat Hanh Is Seriously Ill

He is a great man that is a credit not only to Buddhism, but to all of humanity.
by shaunc
Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: mad from grief
Replies: 5
Views: 683

Re: mad from grief

Try reading the story of Kisa Gotami. It was either the first or one of the first Buddhist stories I heard & it meant a lot to me at the time.
by shaunc
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do you practice Dhamma if you are living in a war zone?
Replies: 17
Views: 1435

Re: How do you practice Dhamma if you are living in a war zo

Best thing is many of us are fortunate enough to live in a country without wars. ========= Living in a civilized land, having made merit in the past, directing oneself rightly: This is the highest protection. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/snp.2.04.than.html :goodpost: :namaste: Int...
by shaunc
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do you practice Dhamma if you are living in a war zone?
Replies: 17
Views: 1435

Re: How do you practice Dhamma if you are living in a war zo

SarathW wrote:Best thing is many of us are fortunate enough to live in a country without wars.
=========

Living in a civilized land,
having made merit in the past,
directing oneself rightly:
This is the highest protection.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
:goodpost: :namaste:
by shaunc
Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nail-gun attack at a Sydney Buddhist Centre
Replies: 10
Views: 981

Re: Nail-gun attack at a Sydney Buddhist Centre

The latest news that I've heard about this event is that it involved a 29 year old monk & a 59 year old caretaker. Police are still unsure who the initial shooter was. I hope both men recover.
by shaunc
Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Revealing a cheating spouse: Wrong Speech?
Replies: 37
Views: 2133

Re: Revealing a cheating spouse: Wrong Speech?

In one of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's talks on wrong speech he mentions that the Buddha taught that it is wrong speech to inform someone that their spouse is having extramarital affairs. After bringing up this teaching with one of my classes today, it was agreed by the students that they believe revealing...