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Postby lucky-2012 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:52 pm

Hi

Can anyone recommend a teacher who accepts students for an online relationship, or is this not a good idea (ie should it be face to face)? I feel I am at a point in my practice where I would like (need?) to have a good teacher. Also how would one go about asking to be a teacher's student? I have had various teacher-student relationships previously, but feel I am looking for something different this time, ie. someone both advanced and with a strong theravadan background.

Any advice would be gratefully received.

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Re: Online teachers

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:28 pm

lucky-2012 wrote:Hi

Can anyone recommend a teacher who accepts students for an online relationship, or is this not a good idea (ie should it be face to face)? I feel I am at a point in my practice where I would like (need?) to have a good teacher. Also how would one go about asking to be a teacher's student? I have had various teacher-student relationships previously, but feel I am looking for something different this time, ie. someone both advanced and with a strong theravadan background.

Any advice would be gratefully received.

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Best to get to know the teacher first!
it is important so you see their keeping of the precepts, and if they act and speak in accordance with eachother, i.e., they walk their talk. and they can get to know you, a online relationship is not the same as a one on one relationship.
If they charge for their time I personally wonder if the teaching isn't just general, something they give to everyone and not specific to the needs of the person!
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Online teachers

Postby lucky-2012 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:05 am

Thanks Cittasanto

My main motivation for wanting a teacher is that I am finding it more difficult to maintain harmlessness (e.g. wrong speech), and I am wishing for some guidance on finding my life's "mission" (for want of a better word). However I am open to the idea that maybe just meditation is the best way forward. For now that seems like the only option so I will try and develop my patience.

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Re: Online teachers

Postby Ben » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:29 am

Greetings,

If you have the time and inclination, a residential meditation retreat maybe very beneficial for you at this time.
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Re: Online teachers

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:00 pm

Hi Lucky-2012,

What's stopping you from developing harmless speech?

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Re: Online teachers

Postby lucky-2012 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:24 pm

Hi Rowyourboat,

To answer your question - just bad habits I think. In particular when online (so maybe that is a sign that an 'online' teacher wouldn't be the way to go). Maybe because I work with computers, I have a tendency to let my fingers take over. This has landed me in 'trouble' on facebook, twitter, online forums, etc etc.

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Re: Online teachers

Postby lucky-2012 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:25 pm

Ben wrote:Greetings,

If you have the time and inclination, a residential meditation retreat maybe very beneficial for you at this time.
kind regards,

Ben


Thank you Ben, I have started looking into this.

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Re: Online teachers

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:35 pm

Hi Lucky,

As long as you think that handing responsibility over to a teacher is going to get you to nibbana, I don't feel you will get there. What you type is your responsibility - your online or otherwise teacher cannot (and will not) police your thinking for you.

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Re: Online teachers

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:27 pm

lucky-2012 wrote:Thanks Cittasanto

My main motivation for wanting a teacher is that I am finding it more difficult to maintain harmlessness (e.g. wrong speech), and I am wishing for some guidance on finding my life's "mission" (for want of a better word). However I am open to the idea that maybe just meditation is the best way forward. For now that seems like the only option so I will try and develop my patience.

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Hi Lucky,
Have you thought about doing a non-Violent Communication course, or Insight dialogue retreat?
these focus on right speech and have useful tools to use in everyday life.

Although Insight Dialogue is based in Buddhism, NVC isn't, although I believe one would be hard pushed to not see any comparison.
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Online teachers

Postby mirco » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:02 pm

lucky-2012 wrote:Can anyone recommend a teacher who accepts students for an online relationship, or is this not a good idea (ie should it be face to face)? I feel I am at a point in my practice where I would like (need?) to have a good teacher. Also how would one go about asking to be a teacher's student? I have had various teacher-student relationships previously, but feel I am looking for something different this time, ie. someone both advanced and with a strong theravadan background.
Any advice would be gratefully received.


Bhante Vimalaramsi Mahathera (& Sister Khema) are teaching online via yahoo-group, email and videos since years.
Many lucky students at any level from around the world.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dhammasukha Yahoo-Group
http://www.dhammasukha.org Site

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Re: Online teachers

Postby lucky-2012 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:11 am

Thank you all for your comments.

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Re: Online teachers

Postby Jack » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:38 pm

Lucky, there are quite a few very good teachers that use Skype. It has worked for me and I know lots of people who have had success with this method. Try http://alohadharma.wordpress.com/ or http://www.pragmaticdharma.com/forum/. They have both very advanced practitioners and beginners as students.

I have more info it you need it. My email is jackhat1@aol.com.

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