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Dhamma Dana Documentary

Postby yuttadhammo » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:54 am

Dear Friends,

Just found this, not sure if anyone has posted it yet, but I couldn't find it in a search. Anyway, this is a documentary about Burmese Buddhism that won several awards. Just watching it now.



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Re: Dhamma Dana Documentary

Postby Viscid » Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:47 am

Thanks Bhante, I'll give it a watch.
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Postby Viscid » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:23 am

It was okay.

Seems like an environment which promotes a lot of clinging to their traditions; a monk says that what does 'not accord' with the canonical texts they don't accept. Understandable, considering how well it appears they've preserved their traditions.
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Re: Dhamma Dana Documentary

Postby rowyourboat » Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:47 pm

This sound quite good. I think it is up to each of us to do our bit for the dhamma - to spread it far and wide. The gift of dhamma (dhamma dana) is the greatest gift and the producer of this video seems to know this. In my meditation class I encourage people to email, photocopy, do little sermons, even just ask questions to further discussions as a way of giving dhamma dana. If you give the dhamma at the right time you will get it back when you need it the most!

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Re: Dhamma Dana Documentary

Postby rowyourboat » Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:47 pm

Clinging to what is wholesome and to not what is unwholesome is a useful thing. It allows us to develop these things in the storm of unwholesomeness which assails us everyday.

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:24 pm

To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Dhamma Dana Documentary

Postby lojong1 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:28 pm

AHhh, 17:10 "it's only academic too, like they can't..." Wonder what he meant by that. Business is usually pretty academic, isn't it?
Good flick, I like seeing how it's done elsewhere.

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Postby Phra Chuntawongso » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:41 am

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Re: Dhamma Dana Documentary

Postby rowyourboat » Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:01 pm

Hi Viscid

The 'pali cannon and the associated commentaries' do not necessarily list all the unwholesome/wholesome things a person would do 2600 years ago. Or perhaps to put it in another way, what is wholesome or unwholesome then is pretty much the same now, as human beings our brains haven't got rewired any differently, even though the world may have changed a bit. Even then, the world changes according to the human brain, as we are it's creators.

Furthermore the teaching teach us the basics of what is wholesome/unwholesome so that it can be applied to any novel situation. The basic (fundemental?) teaching that intentions based on non-greed, non-aversion and non-delusion are wholesome and those based on greed, aversion and delusion are unwholesome applies across the board and across the centuries.

However I agree with you that the packaging might not be optimal at times. We need to change the packing at suitable times to draw in the crowds.

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Re: Dhamma Dana Documentary

Postby rowyourboat » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:55 am

Hi Viscid,

Yes a whole raft of questions coming to the surface.

The way I see it, one of the fundamental problems that we have in the West is the devaluation of what is good/wholesome. People simply don't value goodness any more. Without that core aspect the search for what is wholesome and unwholesome cannot even begin. And as you say- then there needs to be externally applied force- to be TOLD what to do and not to do, in its absence.

Also the dhamma is a thinking man's teaching. There are no 'rules' from above. Only principles and guidelines which lie at the core of this path we are trying to develop. It is up to us to apply them or not. It gives you responsibilities for your own life, your family and your society; ie the actions which you perform, which affect your life, family and society must take place after contemplation, whether it is wholesome for yourself and others. If it is not clear after thinking,then ask someone else on the same spiritual path. if it is still not clear, it is very likely it is not very important!

I don't think the Buddha ever set out to change societies, but targeted individuals; which of course changed societies once a critical mass was achieved. So this is not a set of rules for everyone to follow. It is a rich multi-textured collection of teachings, we can use for our own development as individuals. And that is the intelligent way to set out a teaching. Not knock someone on the head with a set of rules for all to adhere to, which is a suboptimal method of teaching.

The modern worlds reliance on science must be questioned. Scientists will always say that their conclusions aren't permanent. However most people in society will take their conclusions to be fact and forever true, without even knowing that they have done that. From year to year, what is 'true' in the eyes of science changes and the whole of society has to keep up with half truths. So if you base your measure of the world based on science you are on shaky ground. It is something to think about.

Science has little to say on what is wholesome and what is not. So you are not going to get your guidance on that matter, there. It helps to keep this in mind:

To do no evil;
To cultivate good;
To purify one's mind:
This is the teaching of the Buddhas.

--The Dhammapada


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