Go forth, o bhikkhus !

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Re: Go forth, o bhikkhus !

Postby manas » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:45 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Postby befriend » Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:56 pm

when i teach guided metta meditation, i dont say stop believing in jesus and muhammed and take refuge in the triple gem. i say visualize someone you love and wish them well. not much of a conversion. ever been to catholic church and experienced everyone shaking hands and saying peace be with you? sounds like metta to me.
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Re: Go forth, o bhikkhus !

Postby befriend » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:07 pm

everyone complains about religious sectarionism then when we find something we all have in common like metta. we say oh dont teach that THATS buddhist. i think we can learn a lot from eachothers religions. buddhists could maybe learn how to pratice more community charity. like the christians do. and christians could learn how to do metta meditation. no much of a stretch. its not blending its just amplifying things in each religion.
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Re: Go forth, o bhikkhus !

Postby Buckwheat » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:00 am

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Go forth, o bhikkhus !

Postby Buckwheat » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:21 am

So, let me see if I am getting this straight:

Appropriate:
Supporting a teacher or sangha through service, donations, and advertisement (fliers). Organize an event if there are none locally.
If qualified, teaching meditation and/or dhamma talks
Offering exposure to the dhamma to those who are accepting, while working from a place of compassion and a desire to alleviate suffering
When asked, answering questions to the best of one's ability, adding clear qualifiers when uncertainty arises.

Inappropriate:
Forcing dhamma in a way that would cause anger or defensiveness
Working for conversion, larger sangha, more donations, or other self aggrandizing goals
Teaching beyond one's understanding of the dhamma, or mis-representing one's level of realization

What are the credentials for teaching? Can a lay follower teach a few basic concepts and basic meditation techniques if they feel comfortable and confident?
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.


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