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Postby becky62 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:27 am

Hi my names Rebecca.
I'm currently doing a study of religion assignment and i have chosen to do buddhism. I need to conduct an ethnography and interview an adherent of the buddhism religion in relation to the ethical issue of poverty. I was wondering if anyone was interested in helping me out?
muchly appreciated :D
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Re: Interest

Postby Ben » Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:34 am

Greetings Rebecca

We get many requests from high school to post-graduate students.
Perhaps before anyone responds you can tell us a little more about what you are studying and where you are studying.
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Re: Interest

Postby becky62 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:00 am

yeah sure. I'm from a Catholic school in Australia doing an assignment in religion. We have been asked to investigate the extent to which the views of adherants in relation to the issue (I have chosen poverty) align with their religion's ethical code.
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Re: Interest

Postby becky62 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:03 am

It was suggested i put the questions up on my thread so here they are for those interested :) :

What is your occupation?

What is your ethnic background?

How long have you been practicing Buddhism for?

Do you attend services for your religion? If so how often?

What is your knowledge of poverty?

In your opinion, how do you feel about poverty?

Is this influenced by Buddha’s attitude in the approach to poverty and in saying this do you agree or disagree with the stance?

Can you justify this further?

Do the teachings and scriptures of Buddha influence your viewpoint?

Does your personal life affect your views on poverty due to family values, career or a particular incident?
Are there any points in which you disagree on the religions viewpoint on poverty?

Do you recognise and identify your religions ethical code?

What do you, from your understanding, believe this is?

Does the ethical code align Buddhist views and values on poverty?

If so, how do you feel the issue should be approached, considering the values and ethical code.
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Re: Interest

Postby Ben » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:04 am

Hi Rebecca,
Please indicate the name and location of your school.
Thanks

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Re: Interest

Postby becky62 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:05 am

Trinity College Beenleigh, Brisbane
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Re: Interest

Postby alan » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:27 am

Hi Becky
Can you offer a good reason why we should do your homework for you?

If you develop an interest in Buddhism and want to discuss it, fine. But please don't assume you can go here and data mine.
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Re: Interest

Postby becky62 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:50 am

Its not getting anyone to do my homework for me. im doing an ethnography of how a buddhist feels about poverty which i then develop into an essay which is produced as a multi modal. If you had no interest in helping me answer some questions then you dont have to comment. I'm looking for someone who will genuinely help me. And i do have an interest in Buddhism but i can not interview myself.
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Re: Interest

Postby m0rl0ck » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:52 am

alan wrote:Hi Becky
Can you offer a good reason why we should do your homework for you?

If you develop an interest in Buddhism and want to discuss it, fine. But please don't assume you can go here and data mine.


From what i understand, she is doing an ethnographic study. By definition that entails meaningful communication with those whose views and culture are of interest.
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Re: Interest

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:53 am

Greetings Becky,

Nevermind Alan, he'd be the first to admit he can be a little curt sometimes. 8-)

I'll look at answering these questions soon, but don't have time just at the minute, and they seem quite detailed.

Metta,
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If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
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: Interest

Postby Ben » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:55 am

retrofuturist wrote:I'll look at answering these questions soon, but don't have time just at the minute, and they seem quite detailed.


Same here. Also...
They're not questions that one can give straight forward answers.
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tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Interest

Postby becky62 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:00 am

Thank you so much!
I appreciate your kindness and time greatly :)
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Re: Interest

Postby becky62 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:01 am

I understand some of them are indepth and thats what we were suppoed to do. apply open and closed questions so they can be further justified and explained further
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Re: Interest

Postby alan » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:09 am

This is a good place to be if you are interested in Buddhism. Much more interesting than ethnography!
But--What response were you expecting?
"Buddhists say it sucks to be poor"?
I'd say most everyone agrees. If you are looking for an overriding philosophy on the subject of poverty, you won't find it here. That seems to be the realm of economists. Have you read Adam Smith?
http://clubtroppo.com.au/2008/06/22/what-if-adam-smith-was-right-about-poverty/
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Re: Interest

Postby plwk » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:41 am

So here's a simplistic shot...
What is your occupation?
What is your ethnic background?
Will PM you...
How long have you been practicing Buddhism for?
Since 1999
Do you attend services for your religion? If so how often?

Yes. The weekly (2-3 times), the twice a month observance of the New/Full Moon Days, the annual special festive days.
What is your knowledge of poverty?
This is a wide range question...
Personally, through various charitable bodies, I have visited and seen areas where poverty is present, both in rural and urban areas.
In terms of statistics and wider opinions that I have read, from my country's context, please refer to these: 1 2 3 4 5
And here too: Liberation of the Poor
In your opinion, how do you feel about poverty?
It is both an artificial and avoidable situation.
Is this influenced by Buddha’s attitude in the approach to poverty and in saying this do you agree or disagree with the stance?
I would yes.
Can you justify this further?
Here's some examples..
On Debt: Ina Sutta
Political:
When a King neglects to rule according to righteousness: Cakkavatti-Sihanada Sutta
When an entire nation reduces to misery when the Head of State is corrupt: Adhammika Sutta
Hoarding and mal-distribution: Agganna Sutta
Other causes of loss of wealth: Sigalovada Sutta
Kammic causes: Culakammavibhanga Sutta
Do the teachings and scriptures of Buddha influence your viewpoint?
To a large extent, yes
Does your personal life affect your views on poverty due to family values, career or a particular incident?
To some extent, yes
Are there any points in which you disagree on the religions viewpoint on poverty?
Only those which seek to either further keep people in poverty or refuse to alleviate them.
Do you recognise and identify your religions ethical code?
I should think so.
What do you, from your understanding, believe this is?
See this...
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .budd.html
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.

Does the ethical code align Buddhist views and values on poverty?
If based on the above quote, then yes.
If so, how do you feel the issue should be approached, considering the values and ethical code.
Sikkha Sutta
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
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: Interest

Postby rowyourboat » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:38 pm

I think it is very interesting how Christian adherents research other religions in such depth. There is apparently one who had done a thesis on nirodhasamapatti! Amazing. I do find it mildly disconcerting as well, I must admit.

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Re: Interest

Postby octathlon » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:40 pm

rowyourboat wrote:I think it is very interesting how Christian adherents research other religions in such depth. There is apparently one who had done a thesis on nirodhasamapatti! Amazing. I do find it mildly disconcerting as well, I must admit.

The ones I've noticed since I've been here, have been from students at religious schools and the questions were vaguely worded and difficult to understand what was being asked, such as "Is this influenced by Buddha’s attitude in the approach to poverty and in saying this do you agree or disagree with the stance?" - huh? I suspect these assignments are ways that students can be reinforced as to the superiority of their own religion. Especially that "survey" we had a while back.
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