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Annual talk to students on Buddhism - Dhamma Wheel

Annual talk to students on Buddhism

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Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:11 am

Greetings all,

I thought I would share with you that tomorrow I will be talking to about 100 Year 10 (16-year olds) on "The Buddhist approach to death and dying". Its a talk I have been doing now for three years as a guest speaker at the christian school where I work. The chaplain of the school is a good friend and despite our close relationship - I am humbled to be invited back three years in a row. Last year and this year I will co-presenting with another staff member who will present on the Vajrayana perspective.
Interestingly, last year our two talks dovetailed nicely although we did not consult each other prior to the talk. This year I will be dusting off last year's talk which includes:
- Personal context (life experiences)
- the Spiritual lineage or perspective that informs my practice (and point of view)
- Demystifying Buddhism and busting some stereotypes (historical)
- What the Buddha actually taught (4NT and 8NP)
- Story of Kisgotami
- Brief foray into kamma and rebirth doctrine
- Pragmatism of the Buddha's teaching
- Buddhist practice (inc. description of charnel ground contemplations)
- Three marks

- Question and Answers

I'm sure this year will go well.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Ytrog » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:16 am

Great that you have the chance and capacity to do this :twothumbsup:

Good luck tomorrow :)

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:18 am

Thank you my friend.
The talk is peppered with lots of images and its light on the doctrine.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby rowyourboat » Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:05 am

Good to know you're doing this talk Ben. Hope it goes well.

I was reminded of the upajjhathana sutta:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upajjhatthana_Sutta

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:08 am

Thanks Matheesha, I'll check it out/
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:15 am

Hope it goes as smoothly as last year!

How long is your talk going to be?


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:30 am

About 40 minutes, Cittasanto.
Thanks for your good wishes.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Ytrog » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:33 pm

Will it be recorded?

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:47 pm

No it won't be recorded!
Its essentially Buddhism 101.
You're already intimately familiar with the material I will be covering - of that I am sure.
kind regards

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby zavk » Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:07 pm

Hi Ben

Would you share your experience of Burma (I still prefer this name over the one chosen by the ruling regime)? Perhaps give them a glimpse of how 'Buddhism' is enacted there, how it suffuses the everyday activities of Burmese culture? Perhaps even highlight aspects of Buddhist understandings and practice you've encountered there which must surprise them and exceed the assumptions they might have about 'Buddhism'? It may be helpful, I think, to generate an awareness and understanding of how other cultures have hosted the Dhamma, given that 'the West' is now being called upon by the same call of hospitality to host the Buddha's teachings. Indeed, I imagine the Burmese are very hospitable people?
With metta,
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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Alobha » Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:32 pm

Sadhu Ben! What a wonderful thing to bring young people the gift of Dhamma! And on such an important but "unpopular" topic on top!
My highest respect that you seem able to transport teachings like the charnel ground contemplations and the topic of death so well that you get reinvited three years in a row!

Out of interest: When presenting, do you usually quote or refer to the suttas or do you try to put it in your own words as much as possible?

Best wishes,
Alobha

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby cooran » Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:34 pm

Hope you interest many young people in the Dhamma, Ben. Much merit to you!

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Ben » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:27 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Dan74 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:36 am

Good stuff, Ben!

I'd be very interested to see/hear it if there is a record, or notes or some materials from it that you are OK sharing.
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Re: Annual talk to students on Buddhism

Postby Ben » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:25 am

Thanks Dan.
As I mentioned earlier - there is no recording of the talk I give.
Basically the outline is as above and i flesh it out with a couple of quotes, lots of pictures and the story of Kisogotami.
Having said that, I think next year I'll spend a bit more time on the presentation to ensure that it flows smoothly and not too heavy on the doctrine.
my audience basically doesn't want to be there and very few would be genuinely interested. So I need to make it more relevant to them and their lives.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •

e: [email protected]..


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