david.sojourn wrote:waterchan wrote:indian_buddhist wrote:However those that have Stream entry and more spread the message. its a duty for them to spread the message.
I don't understand your obsession with stream entry as a minimum requirement in this thread and others. Where, in which sutta is it stated that stream entry is a requirement to teach the Dhamma to anyone? Most monks including arahants are not great teachers.
Those who are skilled in teaching should teach the Dhamma and those who are not skilled at teaching can progress towards their own final enlightenment.
Watch this video starting at 2:09 to understand what true "conversion" means in Buddhism:
This is the problem.
This is why you are all so confused on the Dhamma. Why you have 9000000000 posts, and no answers on these forums.
An Arahant is always a great teacher. It can be no other way. Monks, on the other hand.....eh.....Most monks aren't Enlightened.
Those who do not have "Direct" experience of Dhamma, should not try to teach Dhamma.
It is this very behavior that causes so much confusion in the world. It is why a process, Enlightenment, which is very, very simple, is so very, very hard to obtain (Worst of all for buddhists, Christians find it easier).
How do you know if you have direct experience of Dhamma?
Oh, you will know.... When Dhamma is understood, Dhamma is understood.
Blind leading the blind is what you get when non-Enlightened teachers, teach. It is an ego. To "Be" a teacher. And you are teaching from a position of ignorance, still. Ignorance does not begin to fade away until the Dhamma has been encountered, and understood.
One should not teach, if one does not have true happiness in ones own life.
Discovering the true Dhamma, brings true happiness. So when one teaches "My techniques", or "My theory", or "My Understanding", one is working exactly in the opposite fashion required to understand and reveal true Dhamma.
The Dhamma is received, by those who are prepared to receive it. It is not "Found", accumulated, or algorithmically attained.
If you are not sure if you have experience with Dhamma, do not teach. You are part of what is destroying the world. Part of why so few can attain Enlightenment. Every word spoken in Ignorance "About" Dhamma, causes another problem. Every time.
It is Karmically negative to try to teach without direct experience of Dhamma. Period.
And to charge for Dhamma teachings, violates all of the Universal rules. Period.
Oh Thank God !.