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by Kim OHara
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Vitamin D
Replies: 29
Views: 20312

Re: Vitamin D

I am vitamin D deficient. I mean I was about 3 months ago. The solution to this that I have been given is not anything like what I read on a medical website. I was told to take 2000 IU a day of vitamin D supplements. I will not be able to speak to my doctor probably for another month. What is the b...
by Kim OHara
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: sleep posture
Replies: 9
Views: 12460

Re: sleep posture

If you're sleeping on your side, a pillow of any kind keeps your neck straight. Without it, you will be very uncomfortable and may wake with a sore neck. A softer pillow is kinder to your ear and skull, but if it's too soft you don't get the support you need. ... whether you are Buddhist or not. :th...
by Kim OHara
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Fellas, may I lean on you?
Replies: 7
Views: 11216

Re: Fellas, may I lean on you?

You will never have a better time in your life to take the step, COVID aside. You have an ideal lifestyle base now, and your age could be an impediment if you wait (waited?) too much longer. Have you had long-term residence in a monastery before? If not, living in one as a lay practitioner/worker mi...
by Kim OHara
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 41
Views: 21160

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

Welcome, Taro :hello:
A lot of DW members are here (at least partly) because we/they are in your position - isolated from other practitioners IRL.
The forum isn't as good as a real community in some ways but it's a lot better than nothing.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)
Replies: 18
Views: 17634

Re: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)

..Just speculation... but the use of rosaries might have been a remnant of previvious Mahayana/Vajrayana traditions before Theravada became dominant... It might have gone all the way back to pre-Buddhist traditions in India, too. The rosary is an incredibly old and widespread tool. Wikipedia has th...
by Kim OHara
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Pest control
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: Pest control

It often happens that there is no perfectly good solution to our problems. You only have two choices in dealing with termites - you kill them (or get someone else to kill them for you, which is equally bad kamma), or you let them keep eating your house. Letting them eat your house until it falls dow...
by Kim OHara
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why I can't meditate?
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: Why I can't meditate?

I would sit and then I would try to not think anything, then watch the breath in and out, there is no problem with some other thoughts coming and disturbing, but instead I would feel restless, uneasy and feel like waking up and think something. Am I doing something wrong? Notice that it's just as i...
by Kim OHara
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What's the Benefit of Practicing Karuna?
Replies: 20
Views: 16670

Re: What's the Benefit of Practicing Karuna?

Lots of good answers here already so I will just suggest that, of the four Brahmaviharas, karuna is the one which is least able to be practised in solitude. It needs to be expressed in action, far more than the other three.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 467
Views: 148951

Re: Coronavirus

DooDoot wrote: Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:10 am
santa100 wrote:hence even more patients will flood the hospitals, and the miserable viscious cycle repeats all over again.
Unproven. Non-lockdown countries have not experienced the above.
Italy and Spain experienced it in the early days of the pandemic. England followed.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 185
Views: 64531

Re: Theosophy

Symbolism of ancient Egyptian rite reveals karma underpinning this after death rite: https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/forum/f21n11p481_the-weighing-of-the-heart.htm It's probably more accurate to say that both the notion of kamma and the weighing of the heart are instances of a universal religi...
by Kim OHara
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 467
Views: 148951

Re: Coronavirus

... But according to the original science, the constant face touching, improper wearing, loose fitting, added safety confidence from wearer, masks are more likely to increase the spread. Science works by a process of constant improvement, keeping what proves to be correct, improving what turns out ...
by Kim OHara
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: SDC stepping down as a moderator
Replies: 25
Views: 36917

Re: SDC stepping down as a moderator

:thanks:
Thanks for your work here, SDC, and all the best for whatever comes next.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 467
Views: 148951

Re: Coronavirus

... Masks are ineffective at stopping the spread. ... Believe what you like, thepea, but I think it's sensible to believe the best recent science. (And I do stress recent . The pandemic is only a few months old and we've been learning fast, so anything more than a few weeks old may have been supers...
by Kim OHara
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 467
Views: 148951

Re: Coronavirus

Its just another corona-virus the world must learn to live with. No it isn't. It's a particular coronavirus and in many ways quite a weird one. Obvious comparisons are with SARS and MERS, and this is what they look like: How deadly is it? The number of fatalities from the new coronavirus has overwh...
by Kim OHara
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 467
Views: 148951

Re: Coronavirus

Here's a good news round-up from around the world - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-14/coronavirus-update-covid19-who-warning-tedros-us-vaccine-testing/12451120 One section says - WHO warns crisis may get 'worse and worse and worse' The head of the World Health Organization has warned that the C...