This is a good question to ask. I think the "form" can either be used in a stiff and lifeless fashion, or it can be quite a beautiful framework within which people can develop mindfulness of their actions and interact on the basis of blameless behaviour. Many of the Western monastic teachers have found ways to make the Theravada form more enjoyable by adding their personal touch and humour to it (although some would find Ajahn Brahm's jokes going a little bit too far or even outrageous and un-monk-like). Also it is good to move away from the formal situations and do something together with the young people, such as activities in natural surroundings, and to speak on current topics that are relevant to their lives.
Here are a few examples:
Dhamma Talk by Ven. Dhammasami "the beauty of ordinary things"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbYkHl4Yucg
Ajahn Khammai Dhammasami (Oxford Buddha Vihara) talks about excitement and happiness, and how university students these days look for stimulation in alcohol and drugs, about boredom and never being satisfied.tuṭṭhī sukhā yā itarītarena
it is good to be content with anything that is available
Dhamma Talk "Corruption vs. Compassion, the karma of doing business" (Part 1)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpZZ3Vm3qOshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy7gk8QUEj0
Ajahn Khammai Dhammasami (Oxford Buddha Vihara) at Sasin, Bangkok, Feb 28, 2012
Is It Sinful to Be Rich, by Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasamihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZInm_kdzJs
The difference between the Abrahamic religions' idea of "sin" and the Buddhist understanding of "wholesome & unwholesome" (kusala - akusala).
Can we have the best of both worlds? How to develop detachment. Buddhist economic ethics. Greed and guilt. Kamma and result.
Dhutanga (tudong): it is not for showing off externally but for reducing defilements in the mind, one can go wherever it is suitable (sappaya) for practice such as forest, roots of trees, mountains. Physical seclusion (kaya-viveka) leads to mental seclusion (citta-viveka). It is best to walk in pure nature without any artificial human creations, there is nothing to fear there. There is no need to rush anywhere, one should walk slowly with mindfulness. (LP Amnat Obhaso teaching laypeople in Thailand)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7sQV0r5IT8
Beautiful scenes of tudong monks in Thailand -- collection of photos by Ajahn Cagino. http://youtu.be/QEVIJAZ3jxo
Last week Ajahn Cagino paid me a visit. Ajahn is a monk in Ajahan Chah’s tradition and has spent several years wandering through the jungle of Thailand. Prior to joining the Sangha he was an award-winning photographer. He ‘wandered’ into the ‘concrete jungle’ of Singapore for an exhibition of his photos. Parallel exhibition were held in several venues in Malaysia too. Proceeds from the exhibitions will go to an orphanage for hill tribes children that Ajahan supports in Thailand. For further information about this worthy project you can contact [email protected] http://sdhammika.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04 ... hotos.html