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.
Yes dear Ven. gavesako, its always an higher aim. I have not met a single one who does not do it just for you
. Its good when laypeople atract laypeople and there are millions, so why not focus on having just good sample so that those who are explaining have not to cheat that much. There is a great community of adventure and nature friends and there usual livelihood in performing slide shows all over the world.
Kids and Youth are very straight, like poeple for whom Buddhism is very new. At first they take everything and many are later very disappointed.
Not to think that such things are open to critic, thought that the intention is real a clean one. It would be easy to see it as animal buiness. And it would be also easy to think that Dhutanga is done out of another motivation as the good ones:
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.
How ever, it is difficult but its just tanha that greates higher aims.
So you would tell the kids: "If a Monk has the feeling that is good for others to do things which are usually not puposed, it is ok to do so." or "If a monks is so compassionated he would even sacrify his duties for the wellfare of others"
We live in a time of adventures and people are even so saturated that they make the most crazy things, I am not sure it it is good to bring highest practice of Dhamma on the same level with selfish freaks.
I guess especially Dhammadana attachment needs a lot of honesty to one self. And do not ask me why I write this here, I would maybe have a problem to explain.
Some would say, as soon one is unsupported...
I guess as soon as one wears the robe of the arahants it is the most importand thing to give a sample and nothing else. People all over the world are busy to report and tell each others, so it would run its way anyway.
Come to the last forests, but be sure that you have no problems that you might never return and don't eat the last refuge for endangered species, of the Arahants, in seeking adventure.