Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

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Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:31 pm

Greetings,

I hadn't seen this for ages until someone posted it over at Dharma Wheel, so I thought it warranted posting here...



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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby bodom » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:18 am

Shocking speech? Not sure what was so shocking about it. Thanks for posting it Retro. Very inspiring.

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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:35 am

Greetings Bodom,

Maybe it was "shocking" because they were probably focused on macro-solutions, rather than recognising that peace comes from within.

Actually, in saying that though, I think there is something in the U.N. charter to that effect.

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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby Ben » Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:04 pm

Its a great speech. I've got it on DVD somewhere around here and haven't seen it for ages.
One of the things I love are the muslims who are looking suitably surly and downright miserable.
Modern day Falstaffs!
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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby Tex » Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:30 pm

Hadn't seen that before, thanks for posting.
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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby ruby » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:17 am

Love his statement... :anjali:

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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby nyanasuci » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:41 am

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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby David2 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:39 am

Hi,
this thread is already old, but I would like to mention that there is also the whole speech online (about 15 min):

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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby rowyourboat » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:20 am

I guess he agrees with 'don't talk the talk, unless you walk the walk' - with his web of meditation centres he has tried to change the world- but I think true epoch ending/changing transformation comes about by the actions of a Sammasambuddha, who has the parami to do so. :anjali: :buddha1:

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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:12 am

rowyourboat wrote:I guess he agrees with 'don't talk the talk, unless you walk the walk' - with his web of meditation centres he has tried to change the world- but I think true epoch ending/changing transformation comes about by the actions of a Sammasambuddha, who has the parami to do so. :anjali: :buddha1:

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You cant not can you RYB ?....always with any reference to Goenka or the Burmese Method, always the passive aggression.
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Re: Mr Goenka's speech to the United Nations

Postby rowyourboat » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:40 pm

Hi Sanghamitta,

Since you have asked me - I'm going to try :jumping:
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