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  • @Dakini This is what my friend had to say, she also recommended a book that sounds interesting: Hi Kim, interesting topic. From what I have seen -- You are right about the harsh conditions in Tibet and for the Tibetan people now. The current Ch…
  • Interesting point @Dakini. I wonder if in Tibet (even those in exile) they are so focused on survival that it is not a priority at this point. Or, if they even get information that extra care is needed at this point. I do not know what their general…
  • @techie How would you like us to ascertain what "most Buddhists" believe about any topic, since they live all over the world? I don't think anyone suggested happiness was not a positive state. For me, it simply does not encompass what my goal is for…
  • Even though I've only been a Buddhist for a few years, spiritual practices have been part of my life for quite a long time, most of my life. Despite my parents' attempt to raise me Lutheran, I always had my own things I did that made me feel connect…
    in Blog Comment by karasti April 26
  • We tend to view happiness as a sort of hyper, smiley, almost excitable state. I prefer to be content to excitable.
  • Morning is my contemplation time. I am up early for meditation and yoga, and then I write and read. My afternoon is chore time (or just outside time depending on the day, today we have an ice storm, so, chores it is) and my late afternoon to evening…
    in Blog Comment by karasti April 26
  • Not Buddhist themed but interesting. My cousin made this film and released it on youtube a few days ago. It reminded me a little of watching The Wall movie when i was in college, lol. AI/Science Fiction themed for those who like the topic. Not my fa…
  • I got the same note, I sent a message to see if he has a screen shot or template or something. Haven't heard back just yet.
  • Note that I tend to read too much into simple questions, so it might just be me, LOL. I don't want to influence anyone else's perception so I'll shoot you a private message.
  • @yagr indeed. I just don't understand that level of fear. To the point you want to change the entire world of millions of people just to feel better about what you are afraid of. I wish they could explain it, why they can't keep their lives and let …
    in Trump Comment by karasti April 25
  • I did it as well, I found a couple questions hard to answer because I felt they could have been a bit more clear.
  • Since climate change is so new, there isn't anything in historical teachings specifically. Modern teachers have touched on it, most of them are of the opinion we should the utmost care in caring for our planet and its inhabitants. We do need to be p…
  • The withering tear of the ego, lol
  • I technically have 2. I keep a wordpress account, so I actually have 2 different blogs on there (one was for a specific project which is done). Years ago I kept a livejournal, which I no longer use but it's fun to go back and read. I chronicled lots…
    in Blog Comment by karasti April 24
  • It's strange/interesting that there is such an upsurge of right-winged politics right now. I wonder why. I mean there are a million theories as to how Trump won, how Brexit happened etc. But I wonder what is going on on the deeper consciousness of p…
    in Trump Comment by karasti April 23
  • I have much to learn about international politics. I thought this WAS the big election and didn't realize there will be another.
    in Trump Comment by karasti April 23
  • Everyone is in a different place. Someone who isn't capable of understanding what you even mean isn't yet capable of putting it into action. Don't you ever wonder why it seems like we seem to be almost different species for the ways we view the worl…
  • It's funny when people realize something about themselves and think it should apply to everyone. My mom is like this, it's just funny usually but sometimes awfully frustrating. There are people who like to switch jobs every 5 years. I personally can…
  • For myself, I find the more I let my inner chatter factory go, the more attached I get to thinking they are important thoughts. The more I can slow the factory down, the better the quality control. For me anyhow.
  • Indeed. My dad worked shift work for 30 years, driving an hour each way to work. thankfully they could car pool so some could nap in the car. but I don't know how people do it. I worked night shift at a good job for about 3 months before I quit.
  • If you look at the core of Buddhism it's usually fairly easy to apply it to current events, but it depends on the issue. How you view it is going to vary based on all of your previous experiences. Buddhism isn't much different as it is interpreted b…
  • I suppose it depends what is most important to you. But shift work tends to be hard on the body and can lead to health issues because of the lack of following circadian rhythms. I actually prefer a more physical job, especially if it allows a chance…
  • If you use the search bar at the top, you should find several threads about books. It kind of depends if you are looking for more general overall info or a specific school (Tibetan etc). The first one I ever read was Thich Nhah Hanh's The Heart of t…
  • If I am buying avocados, I don't really need to be put at ease, personally. Living in a small town, sometimes the amount of small talk is very disruptive to everyone else. On the one hand, it's nice to have so much community where neighbors all know…
  • I go to bed wondering if we'll wake up to nukes having been dropped The thing is it is pretty easy to cause a war on accident, and if anyone can manage that, it's Trump. I don't live in fear, I just go on with life. But I do wonder. I mean, by say…
    in Trump Comment by karasti April 22
  • Keto is LCHF. LCHF may or may not be keto. I do not strictly follow keto but happen to usually be in ketosis when I bother to check. I eat more like 50g of carbs while most keto people stick to 20-30g. 30g is the number normally thrown around that k…
  • It just adds more noise to the world and makes it hard to discern what is important. And makes it easier to place importance on things that don't really have any (like celebrity news). It makes it easy for people to be distracted and harder for them…
  • This Buddhist has never told anyone to not ask questions. Fire away. I'm tired of being lumped in with so many negative experience of other Buddhists. Especially when most of that is probably happening online which complicates that communication we …
  • It really is incredible how many carbs are in the majority of what people tend to eat. I always look what people have in their carts at the store, and it's no wonder we have the issues we do. My oldest son loooves Olive Garden. It's just disgusting …
  • I may not agree with what a person says to me, but I do gain understanding of their perspective if they are good at communicating. What they think is true might not match up to what I think is true, but I can respect someone who puts some thought in…
  • I don't think that practicing right speech is about pleasing anyone else. I think it has more to do with making ourselves think about what we say and how we say it so that what we are saying is appropriately heard by the receiver. That doesn't mean …
  • cholesterol is made by the body and is minimally impacted by consuming cholesterol. It is actually made in excess by the body in reaction to a high carb/high sugar diet. It is kind of like the tar they use to fill potholes. Sugar damages your vascul…
  • Pain is much more complicated than simply physical or psychological. The more we focus on pain, the more our brain is trained on it. We can make ourselves feel pain when nothing is physically wrong. Or long after the physical problem is resolved. I …
    in Pain, ego Comment by karasti April 21
  • @kerome when I write I tend to do so much more so "free association" style. You should see my journal, By comparison nothing here I've ever written has been lengthy I use writing as a way to not just attempt to make a point but to work through st…
  • It seems freedom has definitions that span an ultimate nature and a relative nature. It means something different every time you use the word depending on the context. Ultimate freedom to have no limitations to "who" we are or what we are able to do…
  • I have found that to be true. I wrote about it on FB last year and boy did it get a reaction! I still use the word "I hope you feel better soon!" and so on. But hope as a state of mind or a true feeling just doesn't jive with me. It is, I think, an …
  • It is ok, and quite possible, to care for your body without being vain. Usually when we take care of ourselves, we also look our best as well. If that was your only question though, why did you bring up the stuff about your husband and his requests?…
  • @Hozan you live in the Desperate Housewives neighborhood, don't you! Never actually watched that show but my dad did and used to tell me about it, We have a lot of the similar in our small town. Everyone already knows everyone else's business, a…
  • @Kerome I assumed he wasn't talking as much about just neighborhood politics (I experience much the same as you describe) but the actual politics of organized housing areas. There are neighborhoods that are set up with a board of people who make rul…
  • Indeed, I wasn't suggesting such issues shouldn't be brought to light (even repeatedly as happens in forums). I just notice themes myself (within my own mind) where I spend more time pointing out the wrongs of others rather than looking at what I ca…
  • While that stuff will happen in any type of community or neighborhood, I refuse to live in things like HOAs for exactly that reason. We don't pay for our home and yard and utilities just to be told how to use them. We live in a very small town, a…
  • For myself, I try to focus on how I am doing with right speech etc rather than always pointing out the problems with others. That doesn't mean we shouldn't speak out against oppression and other problems. We should. But I think many people focus on …