JKhedrup wrote:If something is done with a whisper and a smile , maybe you keep a newcomer interested in Buddhism. If the correction is done is a disdainful or intimidating way, maybe you turn someone away from the dharma.
First impressions count for a lot.
Huseng wrote:I don't see a compelling reason to recreate petty social conventions in foreign countries. Is it really necessary in a western country?
I mean if people are polite and not acting foolishly (like talking during a lecture), then what's the big deal? The dharma police should be told to knock it off. Social conventions are all subjective and vary from culture to culture. If you're not Tibetan in a Tibetan gonpa, why insist on recreating Tibetan social norms in your western dharma center?
dude wrote:... to presume that it was the Buddha's intention that such customs should be observed by practicing Buddhists in other countries or other times would be absurd.
Um, I presume by "such customs" you can't mean the Pratimoksha vows.
JKhedrup wrote:During degenerate times things are difficult enough as it is without the bridle of the praktimoksha!
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