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Noble Conversation

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Noble Conversation

Postby convivium » Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:54 am

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/stud ... ation.html

There are 10 wholesome topics of conversation the Buddha suggests, when repeatedly discussed we will outshine both the sun and moon:
Modesty, Contentment, Seclusion, Arousing Persistence, Virtue, Concentration, Discernment, Release, and Knowledge and Vision of Release.

How do we discuss these topics appropriately with people not familiar with the Dhamma, in ordinary conversations? Any thots are welcome.
Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php

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Re: Noble Conversation

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:10 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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Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:49 pm

i find it best not to talk about Buddhism with non Buddhist unless they ask specific questions. I'll talk about work with out gossiping about other co-workers, I'll talk about what i did over the weekend etc, but i try to avoid anything "deep", people know I'm a Buddhist at work, i have no idea how, it just got around somehow, so i don't have to say anything about it or explain why i don't do certain things. i don't talk about it with family unless i have to explain why i wont do certain things or am against certain things or why I'm doing things they don't understand. all my friend for the most part either are Buddhists , have converted to Buddhism after hanging around me, or are into weird stuff that they think is somehow the same as Buddhism, so i have no problems talking to them however.
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Noble Conversation

Postby SDC » Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:24 pm

I find that some people that have not been exposed to Buddhism are aware of a variety of aspects of the dhamma. But without the validation that we all have, due to our exposure to the teachings and our practice, they consider certain thoughts and ways of thinking to be much more "out there". Therefore it is not too significant to their daily life, and it is not something they talk about often. In the rare case that a conversation goes in that direction, I look to support their views that align with the dhamma. The discussion always starts with something common and then starts to break down into something else, and in my experience that takes time So it is rare. I usually let the other person lead the discussion, mainly out of the interest not to force anything, but also to see how their way of thinking is similar to the teachings and where it is different. And in most cases, though there are exceptions (close friends and family), I choose not to say that it was what the Buddha taught, nor do I get into specific concepts.

Most don't think they should, or don't think they are ready to follow a path such as the one the Buddha discovered. But I see no harm in supporting and/or enhancing their appreciation for the dhamma. That simple support/validation can mean a lot to someone's confidence and may encourage them to make whatever was discussed a bigger part of their lives.


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