Humor and the Dhamma

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Humor and the Dhamma

Postby Paribbajaka » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:12 pm

Hello everyone!

I was watching this video by Bhante Yuttadhammo http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Emw57HsFCDQ and was a little surprised by his answer.

I understand the view that humor might distract someone from their dukkha, but in my experience I have seen many teachers use humor: Bhikkhu Bodhi has a great sense of humor in his talks whenever I have the opportunity to see or hear him, my own primary teacher Ajahn Bounlieng is nearly always laughing, and the suttas sometimes even indicate a dry wit the Buddha had. What are people's thoughts? At least in my experience a little humor nearly always adds a personal feel to the teachings. Thank you for your help!
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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

Postby Buckwheat » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:04 am

Categorizing humor as skillful or unskillful seems beside the point. Shouldn't we really be examining the intentions behind the joke? Are we clinging to pleasure? Are we trying to cope with dukkha? Are we trying to use the power of emotional response to make a dhamma point stick?
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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

Postby alan » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:04 am

In MN 78 The Buddha used some humor--perhaps sarcastically, to make a point.

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

Postby Paribbajaka » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:43 am

May all beings be happy!

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

Postby alan » Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:10 am

Not for me.

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

Postby DAWN » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:15 am

When you feel free you laught a lot, and about everything.

It's like jump from airplain.
In the begining you are afraid. But if you take a time to find that beyond your back there is parachute, this experiance of jumping become plesant, beyond fear. :rofl:

When your morality is pure, you feel your self very light, and this lightly feeling make smile arise on your face. :smile: There is no any enemy for you, no any attachement.

When attached beings are sad, freed beings are happy.
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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:00 am

I think I'll stick to being a humourless and cranky bastard.
Its so much more fun.
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Learn this from the waters:
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loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:46 am

That's right, Kim.
To most of my fellow-members here, I already am a cranky old bastard.
I do it so well its almost a comedy act in its own right.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

Postby Kusala » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:53 am

There's a sutta where a monk(or was it a nun) pokes fun at a Brahmin for bathing in the river Ganges.
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

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Re: Humor and the Dhamma

Postby Kusala » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:20 am

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "


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