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Good evening [Jan. 25th, 2007|12:50 am]
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Hello, everyone. My name is Christina, and I've just started on my path of Shintoism after many years of spiritual uncertainty. I was a generic pagan in the past year or so, but nothing seemed to feel "right" to me, whereas Shintoism seems to call to my heart and soul. I'm a big fan of mythology and religious legends in general, so I figured this community suits me like an expensive...um...suit. Heh.

Since this community is a plethora of religion, I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some good books on Shintoism, particular for someone who wants to learn the religion of her calling but lacks any nearby shrine to learn form. At least...I don't think there's a Shrine in Tennessee, or at least in a part of Tennessee I can afford the trip to, is there?

Anyway, thank you for having me. I hope I can contribute to and learn much from this community.

(partially cross-posted to shintoism)
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Feng Shui in Modern American Design [Dec. 5th, 2006|09:14 am]
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There's a new condo development going up near my home (as they seem to be mushrooming up everywhere). What's interesting about this one is that they utilized a Feng Shui consultant to assist with the design of the building and its units.

Here's there website where they talk about their process: http://www.leparisienflats.com/inn_feng.html

So what do you think - Are people more likely to buy homes that use Feng Shui principles? Does it make a noticeable impact on the living environment? Do you know of similar building innovations in your areas?

And does anyone care to give us an overview of what Feng Shui is (I'm at work and can't steal much more time than this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui).
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Found this elsewhere [Nov. 8th, 2006|07:02 pm]
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There's an interesting question over in ask_me_anything bygrandwazooo that I'll copy here.

My responses (mainly Buddhist perspective) are in the original post.

What do you all think?

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Reincarnation and Killing Ants. [09 Nov 2006|12:29am]

How do religions that subscribe to the idea that you will be
reincarnated after death come to the conclusion that you shouldn't
step on ants?

as I understand it, if you live life as a good person (dog, monkey,
amoeba..etc) you advance up the ladder and get to try more and more
advnaced forms of life until you attain enlightenment - or something.

if this is right, then surely stepping on ants (and kiling "lesser"
life forms in general) simply gives the ant a leg up to the next level
and would therefore be doing them a favour. - however this doesnt seem
to be the case but I cant work out why.

by what logic is killing ants bad karma?
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Shiva's Dating Service! [Nov. 5th, 2006|01:27 pm]
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This is one of the Feature articles on Yahoo's front page today, with the tagline "Soulmate search could lead you to Hindu fast."

It talks about a popular fast that women do on Mondays, along with rituals to Siva, to find a spouse or to ensure happiness in their marriage. "Shiva is the god most Hindus turn to for good spouses and a harmonious family life," the article says.

I'm always delighted to see something about Asian religions in such a mainstream location. And I have to admit, despite all the reading I'd done about Siva and his consorts and family, I would never have guessed he was the god people turn to for help in the romance department. But it does make sense. Perhaps I'll try fasting on Mondays, too, and see what I've been missing!
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Membership [Nov. 5th, 2006|01:15 pm]
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Just wanted to let everyone know I've changed the membership settings for the community, so new members need approval to join. This will probably just be a temporary thing.

For those of you local, I've posted another listing on Craigslist to let people know the group exists, and perhaps find a few more people to join our discussion and hopefully get things hopping!

If there are places you can think of that would be good matches to advertise the group, feel free to do so or let me know and I'll do so.
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A question of Good and Evil (Mostly Evil) [Nov. 4th, 2006|10:39 am]
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I was wondering what people thought of Evil. Is evil in the act, or is evil in the person, which (asian) philosophy feels which way about evil, or is evil merely imblalance of the person?
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(no subject) [Oct. 27th, 2006|08:49 am]
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(Since we need a topic to get us going)

Something I was thinking about a few weeks ago, in relation to Hinduism (when I realized I couldn't remember!), but I think the question can apply to other traditions as well:

Are the gods subject to the laws of karma and rebirth? (adjust terminology as relevant for other traditions)

Or put another way, Just how ultimate are the gods?
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(no subject) [Oct. 22nd, 2006|01:49 pm]
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just joined... profile says it all. I loves me some Hindu mythology...
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Divali [Oct. 20th, 2006|11:29 pm]
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It is Divali!

When I have time this weekend I shall post a bit of information about it.
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Bhagavad Gita [Oct. 20th, 2006|11:26 pm]
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I saw this over in historyisfun and wanted to share it here. It's a little overview piece on the Bhagavad Gita. And there's a pretty picture of Krsna and Arjuna!

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