Is Theravada too conservative for the youth?
Can Theravada make itself attractive to the young without sacrificing too much of its principles?
Hanzze wrote:Of course, I just wonder what one would answer if a child asks him, if it is usual to go Dhutanga with a camera equiment...
Buckwheat wrote:a Zen temple in Salt Lake City
... a person well-suited for youth outreach... a devout lay person and parent...Maybe there is a middle path?
gavesako wrote:Hanzze wrote:Of course, I just wonder what one would answer if a child asks him, if it is usual to go Dhutanga with a camera equiment...
I think it is good to present nature and walking in nature in such a way in order to attract the laypeople to try it out and experience it as a kind of adventure.
1) Out of complete ignorance, without even knowing their advantages: after having merely heard the practitioners of the dhutaṅgas are of good renown, for being able to say " me, I practice the dhutaṅgas", etc.
2) For benefitting with the advantages feeding up greed, such as: for receiving a lot of gifts, for being well considered by others, for causing a great veneration to arise from others, for attracting disciples to oneself, etc.
3) Out of madness, out of complete ignorance, without being in quest for anything whatsoever.
Buckwheat wrote:Maybe Theravada, instead of compromising it's principles, could have a person well-suited for youth outreach (maybe a devout lay person with a witty personality) run a youth program that meets (maybe after the main congregation) in a more casual atmosphere, talking about how the youth can use dhamma to deal with their day to day difficulties. It would be an environment of understanding and tolerating certain forms of non-virtue for the sake of making a connection. This approach would probably not turn teenagers into saints, but it might set the table for a lifetime of contemplation and varying levels of renunciation.
It is not common in my community because the rites are a turn-off, but some do change yanas often because of the personality and charisma of the Lama.DAWN wrote:I often see peoples that comes from complicate tantric buddhism to The simple Dhamma. But i've never seen somebody who comes from The simple Dhamma to complicate tantrism.
I am beginning to think we need a total image change.
daverupa wrote:Kanzeon? I wonder when you were stopping by; I've been there a few times, mostly back in the 90s.
pilgrim wrote:Buck, this works well, but it is extremely difficult to find such persons who are willing to commit.
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