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Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby Mawkish1983 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:05 pm

I was asked to read something of my choosing to the pupils at school. The librarian said I could choose any book I wanted. I chose Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Wings to Awakening.

The pupils generally didn't enjoy it and the librarian looked almost angry at ne for not choosing a fiction book, I suppose.

Thought I'd share to see if it induced some Dhamma conversation here

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:31 pm

she should of been more specific :)


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: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:11 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:38 am

Greetings,

Good to hear... even if the experiment might have failed, it shouldn't backfire on you personally.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby danieLion » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:08 am

I'm sure it's put me to sleep a time or two also (I'm technically not a child).
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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby Kenshou » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:16 am

While I'm sure your intentions were good I'm not really surprised. It's more of a study guide than something that's good to present aloud to people who don't know anything about the subject.

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:29 am

What are the ages of the children? If they are fairly young, there is always:

http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Siddhartha ... 0861713753

which has lots of pictures and is meant for a young audience.
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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby Dan74 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:16 am

I haven't read Wings to Awakening but one of the key points I think is how something is read. I mean it generally has to be a very vibrant energetic, even passionate reading to keep modern kids awake.
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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby Ben » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:51 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

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby Mawkish1983 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:23 am

Actually these suggestions could turn out to be very helpful indeed. I've been asked to supervise a 'Buddhist society' at the school. There is already a Christian Union, a Muslim Society and a Hindu and Sikh Society. A couple of the boys (it's an all-boys school) have approached me and asked if I would supervise their Buddhist Society. I know one of the boy's parents come from Sri Lanka because have have discussed some of the cultural aspects of his practice in the past. I am not sure how much demand there is for a Buddhist society at the school, but in order to be inclusive I will likely have to brush up on my Mahayana texts.

(Context for those who don't know, I'm a physics teacher at a prestigious single-sex (boys) grammar school).

It's likely I'll avoid in-depth study of the Satipatthana Sutta (a la Analayo), so advice about specific texts that might be worth using would be really appreciated, as would any references to any child-friendly (?) guided meditations.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Wings to awakening puts children to sleep

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:36 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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