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Dhamma pamphlet

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:06 am

I would like to make a pamphlet in order to distribute it perhaps in our University, but I would like to know what you'd think is an essential component of a Buddhist Pamphlet?

I have come up with:

The Four Noble Truths
The Three Marks of Existence
The Precepts
Parami

What do you also find important to put in a pamphlet?
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Re: Dhamma pamphlet

Postby Dan74 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:07 am

What are you trying to achieve?
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Re: Dhamma pamphlet

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:20 am

Help people understand the Dhamma, it's a project I've been working on.
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Re: Dhamma pamphlet

Postby Dan74 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:22 am

So it is for a Buddhist Student group, then?

In that case I would probably reprint one of the many excellent introductions by famous teachers.

It can be useful to write one yourself but I guess there are many in existence which are excellent written by people with a lot of experience and some considerable insight. Browse and see which you find most appropriate for young people.
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Re: Dhamma pamphlet

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:25 am

Greetings WITF,

Do you have a good understanding of your audience?

When I went to write a booklet aimed at modern skeptics, it ended up looking something like this...

Buddhism For The Modern Skeptic
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... rn_Skeptic

And when another Dhamma Wheel member Stefan, looked to prepare something, his work ended up looking like this

Wikipedia: Outline of Buddhism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_Buddhism

The more generic your audience, the more I agree with Dan's fine suggestion above...

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Re: Dhamma pamphlet

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:25 am

Great, do you know where I can find some good ones?
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Re: Dhamma pamphlet

Postby pilgrim » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:06 pm

I think this is a good and concise summary
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_i ... 0841191079
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Re: Dhamma pamphlet

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:34 pm

Google on the "Buddhist Publication Society". They have made mountains of free and cheap pamphlets on Theravada Buddhism, many of which may be downloaded freely from their website.

Reading what they have may be a good source of inspiration for what you want to write/rewrite in order to reach your target audience.

If we are talking about college students you might be better off putting up a web site or making a youtube channel about why you think Buddhism is cool.
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