JKhedrup wrote:But the onus is also on westerners who complain to learn Chinese and help to adapt the Sangha appropriately from the inside out.
I mean my complaints are made because I would actually like to see Chinese Buddhism be more successful in the West. I think it has a lot to offer. I'd also be sad if temples have to start closing because the second generation isn't interested and there is no support.
The teacher of the Dharma should be clean, have gentle behaviour, be neat, and well dressed.
Concerning the generosity of giving the Dharma,
If someone requests it,
First you should respond this way,
“I have not studied that in detail.”
Do not relate it immediately.
You should start by examining the vessel.
Once you know the vessel well,
Then you should give teachings even without a request.
King of Meditative Absorption Sutra
One should understand that a bodhisattva who has eight qualities is a perfect spiritual master. What are the eight? One who:
1.possesses the moral ethics of a Bodhisattva,
2.is learned in the bodhisattva’s teachings,
4.possesses compassion and kindness,
7.possesses an indefatigable mind, and
8.is expert in verbal expression.
Ten Stages Sutra
Possessing great scholarship and dispelling doubt, Whatever he says is acceptable, distinguishing the two realities — This is a perfect bodhisattva spiritual master.
Ornament of Mahayana Sutra
A spiritual master is always
Expert in the Mahayana teachings.
He will not abandon the bodhisattva’s vow
Even at the risk of his own life
Engaging in Bodhisattva Behaviour - Santideva
Huifeng wrote:All I can say is thank for your pointing out the problems. Barely a day goes by when I do not think of how much work we have to do, how many people need help, yet we are not able to provide it. I could easily forget about this, just do my own thing, but reminders are there. So, thank you for that. One who points out one's faults is a teacher. So, those are the people to whom I ask for guidance and direction. My faults are many, so fortunately I have many teachers. Thank you all for that.
My lack of skill in expression also lets me down. Some think that I am being sarcastic, passive aggressive. My words written on a page have no tone, no emotion, no feeling behind them. So, that may be hard to tell.
Seems I've let everyone down. Unfortunately, my best is simply not good enough. I do not know what else to say. Sorry.
Luke wrote:What about Korean Buddhism? Nobody has really talked about that yet...
Are westerners successfully living as monks and nuns in South Korea? Have Korean Buddhist sanghas successfully integrated with the local communities in the west?
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