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  • The Lego Batman movie was fun. It's always interesting the lessons some "kids" movies impart. Inside Out is a favorite, that's a really deep movie considering it's a cartoon aimed at kids. It's all about dealing with emotions and what happens when w…
  • Indeed, being averse to suffering is just as bad as being attached to pleasure. For me, it brings balance. I am a worrier and deal with anxiety in some situations, so for me it pulls me out of obsessing with the worst possible outcomes and keeps me …
  • I think it's an overall good attitude to have. To look at things another way rather than to get sucked into and wallow in the fear and negativity. Though I'm a bit perplexed about his comment about cheaper funerals in a plane crash. Here at least, t…
  • Our boxer has never seemed to have any skill to know when not to eat, lol. Unless she is feeling sick, she will eat whatever and however much you give her. We don't let her free-feed as a result. She eats around 50% dog food and 50% "people" food bu…
  • @Dakini He has been chosen to speak at many, many colleges. Usually by republican/conservative groups. Most likely because they know he'll draw a large enough crowd to make the security etc costs worth it. My son goes to college in a very red state…
  • It seems like the govt never listens to outside groups, especially environmental groups. The govt. couldn't ever possibly be wrong! @Fosdick indeed, people like their gargantuan projects to "cement" our place in the memory of the world. Ugh. W…
  • Agree. We have a boxer who sometimes loves a hug and cuddle. Other times she will box you in the head if you try, LOL. Respect their space the same as anyone else.
  • It's interesting to think about how our desires to become more comfortable and efficient have really caused a lot of problems all around. For the environment, for our health (far less movement, way too much consumption of easy and convenient foods).…
  • A lot of it isn't just to control nature, but to provide water. I don't agree with it, but at this point in humanity it would mean moving many millions of people which just isn't feasible. A lot of areas of Cali, and even CO are actually desert that…
  • Whenever I start to break down even the simplest basis of Buddhist philosophy or terms, I always arrive back at kindness, particularly for ourselves which is necessary to truly extend it to others. It's no wonder HHDL so often has quotes such as "My…
  • @Kerome yep, I totally agree.
  • It is pretty hard to know the truth of the things people are basing their ideologies on. But some foundational truths should be in place, though we seem to have lost them entirely. The right who support Trump are so trusting of him that they truly b…
  • It might become more of a consideration or regularly occurring thought but I'm not sure how much it would change my behavior. I just am not good at long term goals, lol. I prefer to work on right now, whether we are talking my Buddhist practice, my …
  • I talk to almost everything I come across. Even rocks. Especially rocks. They provide such a good foundation for our planet and lives. Everything talks back if you know how to listen. Yesterday we had really fluffy, soft, snow globe-style snow. You'…
  • @federica you do not trust our arm chair moderating?
  • As a Tibetan practitioner we usually celebrate Buddha's birth, death and enlightenment together on Saga Dawa. Usually it's in May but I think this year it's June. Our teacher asks us to celebrate for the month by taking a vow of vegetarianism. The s…
  • That's why how you say something matters so much. simply adding "I think" "I feel" or "in my opinion" takes a huge judgmental edge off what you have to say because the receiver knows you are sharing your perception and not attempting to put a blanke…
  • Something I think is worth mentioning, not just for this forum but in discussions about any of these topics. Advice I give my kids almost every day. When you are discussing an issue, stick to the issue and not individuals or entire groups of peop…
  • We have had snow every day for the past several days. Usually we think of snow as softly falling fluff. But when you remember snow is really tiny bits of ice, it makes music when it falls. We had some of that lovely snow globe type of snow yesterday…
  • @dhammachick Did you want the extension name? I use Chrome, the one I have is called Trump Filter and you can decide on mild, moderate or aggressive filtering. I know there are others for other browsers as well, I just searched for Trump browser fi…
  • I already commented about it. Free speech is not really free. It does have limits from a moral standpoint even if the government can't legally prosecute you for it. Opposing views are one thing. I am open to hearing all sorts of other views. Harmfu…
  • I don't think it should be surprising that it's discussed in all corners. It's discussed at the breakfast table at cafes, at church, at sporting events, even while people are dogsledding here, lol. It's a major topic because it affects the lives of …
  • @ZenCanuck is there a point to that story other than to disparage someone? I have to agree with Tigger. You are coming across very "get off my lawn!" irate-old-man today.
  • As with most things the media pushes extremes. Yes, there are some crazy things that have happened or almost happened (like a yoga instructor being forced off campus for stealing India's culture after a small group pushed for it despite the numerous…
  • I think that will be a case with a lot of things. There have been a few articles now pointing to what Trump has done and has plans to do and who it'll affect the most. Not surprisingly, it'll be those who voted for him which is a bit of a trend. For…
  • Indeed. Food scientists. It's a crazy thing they do. I have pretty good luck with junk food when I just don't buy it, which I mostly avoid by not going to the store hungry. It works out pretty well, lol. But yes, when it's here, I will eat all of …
  • @federica It appears they will work just fine, thanks! It's a very snowy afternoon and I've had a headache for the past 6 hours thanks to the storm moving through, a good afternoon for some tea and fun videos!
  • I think a lot of it, apart from his awful legislation, is the outright, hands-down lies he and his administration have told. He also said he didn't know that the order he signed demoting 2 very important parts of the National Security Council gave B…
  • I don't think Trump and the Office of the President should even be used in the same sentence. Every single day he does something else to tarnish the title and the entire office. I wish someone here would tell him he's not welcome to speak I get yo…
  • I think our refusal (almost all of civilized humanity) to face our discomforts is behind a whole lot of the problems we all face. When we don't like something, whether it's an idea in our belief system, another person's lifestyle or whatever, we try…
    in Belief. Comment by karasti February 7
  • I don't know if it's as much a case of them wanting to be like Trump, but those ideologies were already in place in those countries, too. They saw it work here, so I assume there is some copycat stuff going on, but the same problems here (and in Can…
  • I'll have to see if I can find those programs to watch here @federica. Very interesting. People here tend to live closer to the land than many but at the same time many of those who hunt their own game and make use of everything they possibly can (a…
  • Yes I agree with @Bunks. Many people choose that metaphor as their belief about rebirth, which is fine of course. It's not untrue, after all. But actual rebirth or continuation of the karmic stream is an actual thing in many 'brands' of Buddhism. Th…
    in Belief. Comment by karasti February 6
  • @techie no
    in Belief. Comment by karasti February 6
  • I agree with others who suggested alternative ways to avoid pests rather than simply kill them. Sometimes, there is no choice, but often more can be done. My main concern with pesticide is it rarely is limited to only the thing you are trying to kil…
  • There isn't a lot we can do, but letters, emails and phone calls do have an impact. It's just a matter of doing the work, then setting the rest aside instead of immersing oneself in it. But, sometimes it is hard to find out what you should call abou…
  • Also, look at how many monks are basically monks because it's all they knew. In many countries it's not like all (or even most) of them were adults who chose the path. Many, many of them are very young children who can't possibly understand what it'…
  • I think a lot of the people who voted for Trump ignored his worst qualities and policies and went for something they saw as the biggest issue and liked his answer best, and he won their votes based on that alone (largely the promise to restore jobs …
  • A friend posted this today, I thought it was a good read. http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/tib/ctbw.htm
  • @silver yes, but in my experience having a farming or ranching background tends to let one a bit removed even in the case of loved pets. Both sides of my husband's family are farmers, and that's just something I've observed with them. They do keep p…
  • Apparently, they (the college) knew this group was planning to come. They had a huge police presence as a result, including copters and the whole deal. The admin requested to cancel the event, but the college higher ups refused. This is per one of t…
  • It often does come naturally but when you live in a culture that forces you out of it, then you have little control over that conditioning. You may not have lived in a place that was supportive of animals, so you kept your natural compassion. But wh…
  • But is it just a matter of opinion when it is literally throughout the entire fabric of your society and culture? To form an opinion you have to be exposed to alternative viewpoints. That is how we learn to develop opinions. That's why when you see …
  • Indeed. I liken it to Right Speech. While I wouldn't make a law on the basis of it, I think it's a wonderful guideline to determine if something is harmful or not. And if you can't answer that it's not, then you have some thinking to do about the th…
  • karasti is my maiden name. There aren't a lot of Karasti's in the world. When I got married, I changed my name to my husband's German name. I don't really regret it, and my reasons for doing so were largely family cohesion because 2 of my kids have …
  • Yes, it is disappointing. At the same time if you spend your whole life in one culture, largely sheltered from any of the rest of the world (which many monastics still are even today) how do you know or ever learn any different? To us it seems commo…
  • In the US, the Declaration came before the Constitution, and it is what guarantees us the " certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." If interpretations of Constitutional rights cause someone else …
  • I do tend to express my opinion too much, LOL. In this case, I'm glad we got to the root of what @JaySon was asking/saying because I wouldn't want him to hold that belief about all Buddhists, and worse tell other people that that is what Buddhism be…
    in Belief. Comment by karasti February 3