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Dhamma club on campus?

Postby dhamma savaka » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:41 pm

Hi folks,

I work for a University and was a student there several years ago. Our campus lacks a Buddhist/Dhamma club. There are tons of Christian groups, a Jewish group, and a Muslim group. I don't know how feasible or useful it would be to organize such a club and keep it running? I figured it might be a good group to organize Buddhist events or meditate together. I am already part of the Meditation club but it's not the same. It would also be a good group to have discussions on the Dhamma and maybe get non-Buddhists interested as well. The problem is, I don't even know where to start and if there are even like minded individuals or if other Buddhists just want to be left alone.

I would like the organization to be organized along the Venerable Walpola Rahula's "Basic Points Unifying the Theravada and the Mahayana" document (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_Poin ... 1y%C4%81na). Do you think this would work? Or is it too broad? Is it a worthwhile effort? The other thing I need to factor in is that it seems a lot of young people aren't too interested in this type of stuff.

Please let me know what you folks think.

:anjali:

Al

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Re: Dhamma club on campus?

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:52 pm



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Re: Dhamma club on campus?

Postby Ben » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:56 pm

Hi Dhamma Savaka

You may wish to contact Zavk (a member here) who has started a group at a university here in Australia for tips and for how he got his group going. Also, I know thereductor also got a group going in his community.

If it were me - I would keep it really simple and focus on stuff that I would like in a group. Perhaps a focus on meditation with perhaps listening to a podcast of a short dhamma talk afterwards with or without discussion following it. I also think an important aspect of a group should be the informal social at the end so practitioners can get to know each other. As you get a bit of momentum and interest you could then tailor the group a bit more to what people need/want.
kind regards,

Ben
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Re: Dhamma club on campus?

Postby Dan74 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:25 am

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Re: Dhamma club on campus?

Postby pilgrim » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:53 am

Many of the universities in Australia have Buddhist societies, and even an organisation uniting them. They could probably give you some good points.

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Re: Dhamma club on campus?

Postby Monkey Mind » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:00 pm

This person asked a similar question, so this thread might be of help:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5043&hilit=+university#p77864
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harm no one nor have them harmed.

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Re: Dhamma club on campus?

Postby dhamma savaka » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:58 am

Thank you all so much for the info! This is really helpful!

:anjali:

Al


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