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What would you choose to help someone understand?

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:26 am

If someone close to you had a desire to understand your practice/Theravada Buddhism, and you had to pick a single thing (be it a book, a Dhamma Talk, a movie, an article, an interpretive dance you made up, whatever) what would you choose?



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Re: What would you choose to help someone understand?

Postby dagon » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:44 am

PsychedelicSunSet wrote:If someone close to you had a desire to understand your practice/Theravada Buddhism, and you had to pick a single thing (be it a book, a Dhamma Talk, a movie, an article, an interpretive dance you made up, whatever) what would you choose?



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Let them see the positive changes in you.
Invite them to ask questions if and when they were ready.
Leave a few basic texts around so that they could read them if and when they want.

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Re: What would you choose to help someone understand?

Postby Mkoll » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:08 am

dagon wrote:
PsychedelicSunSet wrote:If someone close to you had a desire to understand your practice/Theravada Buddhism, and you had to pick a single thing (be it a book, a Dhamma Talk, a movie, an article, an interpretive dance you made up, whatever) what would you choose?



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Let them see the positive changes in you.
Invite them to ask questions if and when they were ready.
Leave a few basic texts around so that they could read them if and when they want.

metta
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If someone asked for a single work to read about Theravada, I would definitely pick Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi's In The Buddha's Words. It has a great selection of suttas presented in an organized manner with helpful words from the author. Its broad approach gives a balanced picture of the Dhamma that I haven't found in another work. It was the first book about the Pali Canon that I read.

:anjali:
When this is, that is.
From the arising of this comes the arising of that.
When this isn't, that isn't.
From the cessation of this comes the cessation of that.
-SN 12.61

Ex nihilo nihil fit.

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