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by Kim OHara
Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: How Science Works
Replies: 10
Views: 1125

How Science Works

I do enjoy a good rant ... ...Science doesn’t work despite scientists being asses. Science works, to at least some extent, because scientists are asses. Bickering and backstabbing are essential elements of the process. Haven’t any of these guys ever heard of “peer review”? There’s this myth in wide ...
by Kim OHara
Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada...?
Replies: 14
Views: 1603

Re: Why Theravada...?

I still think the Pali Canon is the most authentic/reliable source of the Buddha's original teachings around, though that does not discount that Buddhism in other cultures does not also represent the path. I'll go along with that and with Retro's reply, but my experience is almost the opposite of M...
by Kim OHara
Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Chinese version of MN 117 is different?
Replies: 30
Views: 5788

Re: Chinese version of MN 117 is different?

Please continue, Ven Pannasikhara - "... and in this particular case we happen to know ..." Because the "we" doesn't (yet) include "me". :smile: :namaste: Kim Sorry Kim, can you run that past me again? "Although there are some basic philological generalizations that can be made, it is always import...
by Kim OHara
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Chinese version of MN 117 is different?
Replies: 30
Views: 5788

Re: Chinese version of MN 117 is different?

Please continue, Ven Pannasikhara -
"... and in this particular case we happen to know ..."
Because the "we" doesn't (yet) include "me". :smile:

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Intro to 'Wings...'
Replies: 18
Views: 2175

Re: Intro to 'Wings...'

That is a good point about this list representing the most important teachings. In several threads here and in other forums, people often ask "what are the most essential teachings?" or "what are the most important Suttas?" And here we have the Buddha's own favorite list in the 37 factors of enligh...
by Kim OHara
Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Bring Nature In
Replies: 57
Views: 2992

Re: Bring Nature In

They are preferences which I think are consistent with compassion for all living things (though AFAIK the Buddha did not express any particular opinions on compassion for plants). Compassion and choices are one thing and judgementalism (evidenced by terms like "cruel" and "torture" being applied to...
by Kim OHara
Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:31 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Chinese version of MN 117 is different?
Replies: 30
Views: 5788

Re: Chinese version of MN 117 is different?

While we're on about irritating people ... the most obvious interpretation of the discrepancy is that some commentarial text snuck into the sutta some time after the two traditions split, i.e. well after the Buddha's time.
:stirthepot:

Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:52 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Bring Nature In
Replies: 57
Views: 2992

Re: Bring Nature In

The bottom line is, there aren't ANY plants that have evolved to be grown indoors in pots, so why be critical of bonsai? Hi, Mukunda, I don't want to make a big issue of it, because there are many things in life which are far more important than whether your pot-plants need pruning or not, but I do...
by Kim OHara
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Bring Nature In
Replies: 57
Views: 2992

Re: Bring Nature In

Okay, Mukunda, 'tortured' was probably too strong. But I do feel better about giving all living beings the best conditions for achieving full growth and development according to their nature. In the case of plants, that's a matter of giving them as much water, light and earth as they need. Why do yo...
by Kim OHara
Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Computer Protection
Replies: 16
Views: 2375

Re: Computer Protection

Get a Mac... :twothumbsup: Macs are lovely to use, great interface and very stable operating system, and no-one bothers writing mal-ware that attacks them. Way to go! Ubuntu would be my next choice, but Linux seems to need geek-type attention pretty often. Even people who are far more interested in...
by Kim OHara
Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Bring Nature In
Replies: 57
Views: 2992

Re: Bring Nature In

Great idea! :thumbsup: We like to have plants growing in pots. Most of them are on a big table just inside a big window so they get plenty of light. If any of them start looking a bit sickly, we put them outside for a few weeks - not in full sun, because that would be too sudden a change, but semi-s...
by Kim OHara
Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Is it April Fool's Day already?
Replies: 10
Views: 975

Re: Is it April Fool's Day already?

Do all these responses mean I should start being pathetically grateful for the quality of the politicians we have here in Australia instead of being critical of them?
It's going to be difficult with some (Steve Fielding and Tony Wingnut, frinstance), but I'll try ...
:juggling:

Kim
by Kim OHara
Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: insight into emotions
Replies: 26
Views: 3365

Re: insight into emotions

Hi, Freawaru, You have made it hard for me to comment on your responses to my post by picking it into chunks that are often too small to be meaningful, so I'll start half way through. They are not thought of as obstacles to spiritual development. Neither are emotions. I mean, okay, fear is considere...
by Kim OHara
Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Climate Change and Copenhagen
Replies: 74
Views: 5858

Re: Climate Change and Copenhagen

Thanks Chris I heard that on Radio National yesterday morning. Didn't surprise me really. China is just apportioning responsibility back to the west. kind regards Ben I heard it, too. (All together now, 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie ...' :tongue: ) But Ben, there's more in it than China just trying to pa...
by Kim OHara
Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Is it April Fool's Day already?
Replies: 10
Views: 975

Is it April Fool's Day already?

I have had to double-check my calendar twice in the last twelve hours, because of totally loony stories in two very different places. The first was on RealClimate and it's OK now, I've worked it out. (You can visit it for fun if you like - http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2010/03/ippc-s...