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Section for Dhammaduta

Postby pilgrim » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:42 pm

I think a section that is missing in this forum is Dhammaduta, or Dhamma Propagation, sometimes poorly translated as missionary work. This could be useful to discuss organisational work, teaching, sunday school syllabus, charitable work, outreach, sharing of resources, artwork, etc..
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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:17 pm

Greetings Pilgrim,

There's certainly merit in that idea.

Whilst there's nothing prohibiting the discussion of Dhammaduta there's a few specific topics which the existing structure doesn't really give weight to. Another that comes to mind is Sila. Elsewhere, Dhamma Events were mentioned as another possible gap.

I'm not sure if that would be one forum, a series of forums, or things that could be absorbed within the existing forums, but the door is open to discussion and ideas. If I had to describe the gap in really broad terms, it would be those things which Asian Buddhism tends to rate comparatively higher than Western Buddhism... yes, that's a massive generalisation, but that's the common underlying thread between some of these ideas.

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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby Aloka » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:55 am

I think there are enough sections/forums here already, to be quite honest, without having more additions.

Personally I knew of a organisation which was run for several years by Buddhists who did a lot of voluntary charity work, but they didn't do it under a 'Buddhist' banner. The people who started it didn't like the way other religious organisations actively try to convert others along with the work they do.
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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby pilgrim » Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:26 pm

It is unfortunate that many modern day Buddhists have wisdom but little compassion or motivation to bring the Dhamma to others. A Hinayana mentality perhaps?
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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:35 pm

Greetings Pilgrim & Aloka,

Aloka wrote:I think there are enough sections/forums here already, to be quite honest, without having more additions.

I tend to think you're correct. There's nothing proposed here that couldn't be discussed in the "Theravada for the Modern World" forum, for example. We tend to create new forums online when there's a certain line of discussion that is hard to conduct unless it is bounded by some appropriate parameters.

pilgrim wrote:It is unfortunate that many modern day Buddhists have wisdom but little compassion or motivation to bring the Dhamma to others. A Hinayana mentality perhaps?

It depends on how you look at it. Being something of a 'futurist', I see the Internet to be a valuable opportunity "to bring the Dhamma to others". Not only sites like Access To Insight which act as warehouses for Dhamma teachings (ancient and modern), but also sites like Dhamma Wheel which allow people to discuss that very Dhamma, ask questions, find answers, find kalyana-mittas where none are to be found in 'meatspace', and experience sympathetic joy when those we come to know online find that the Dhamma has enriched their life. Perhaps the "mentality" we bring to online discussions on the Dhamma can determine whether it is the online equivalent of "organisational work, teaching, sunday school syllabus, charitable work, outreach, sharing of resources, artwork, etc." or whether it is "Hinayana mentality". Sure, the Buddha never spoke of the Internet, but he never spoke of sunday schooling, funding dhamma books and the like either. We apply the Dhamma in our circumstances, whatever they may be.

As you suggest, I think it's about the mentality (i.e. the intention, the volition), so don't get too hung up on the external form such volition takes and whether it accords to the traditional forms with which you may be accustomed.

If you want to see some artwork, loosely defined, here's a link to a picture I took yesterday of a blossom tree which blossoms only for a short time each year. During Summer it is covered in leaves (you can see the start of their growth in this picture), and in Winter it is barren... somewhere inbetween the two, after the barreness of Winter, the tree comes to life in a beautiful, yet poignantly impermanent display of flowers, enjoyed by me and the bees who buzz around it. Not clinging to the beauty, and the general improvement in the weather is something I need to learn to enjoy without clinging. If my enjoyment is rooted in craving, it makes the inevitable Winter all that much more difficult.

Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50222498@N03/5043149686/

If you wish to pursue any of the points above generally, and not in the context of forum structure, it might be worthwhile doing so in a new topic.

Have a nice day, you two.

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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby Aloka » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:10 pm

Have a nice day, you two.


Thanks Retro ..though its actually bedtime here - so good night !

Lovely tree.

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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby pilgrim » Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:13 am

I'm reviving this thread because I remember there was a thread by an OP named Jody who was also asking for advice on starting a meditation group in her Uni. I can't find it now. The intro by Jody seems to have dissappeared and a search of her name could not locate her. I really think a section for Dhammaduta would be really useful as it would facilitate efforts by those who wish to do something for the advancement of the Sasana to quickly locate these resources and threads.
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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby appicchato » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:58 am

pilgrim wrote:I really think a section for Dhammaduta would be really useful as it would facilitate efforts by those who wish to do something for the advancement of the Sasana to quickly locate these resources and threads.


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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby plwk » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:06 am

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What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:56 pm

Greetings,

OK Dhammaduta-enthusiasts... does anyone have any thoughts on what such a forum might be called?

As a title "Dhammaduta" is a little clumsy because you need to know what it means first, or you wouldn't use the forum.

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby appicchato » Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:29 am

The word Dhammaduta is a draw in itself...especially for search purposes...
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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby pilgrim » Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:11 am

Dhamma propagation
Dhamma teaching
For the welfare of the many
Dhamma missionary ( ugh!...pls no)
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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:18 am

Greetings,

Here you go, then...

Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
viewforum.php?f=36

Enjoy.

P.S. It's a sub-forum under Theravada For The Modern World, which was originally intended to be inclusive of Dhammaduta.

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Section for Dhammaduta

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:41 am

Greetings,

If anyone has any topics they may have initiated and wish to have moved to the Dhammaduta forum, please post a link to the topic here or advise a moderator.

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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