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deepak chopra ordains in thailand

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:25 am

สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

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Re: deepak chopra ordains in thailand

Postby Ben » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:19 am

Well...
I'm no fan of Deepak Chopra, but I do hope he gets genuine benefit from the experience.
Thanks for the newsbreak JC!

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Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:29 am

i thought it was interesting at the very least. at least now he can say he's practiced Buddhism instead of just writing what he thinks about it. :tongue:
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Postby appicchato » Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:41 am

Found it reeeally tough to get all the way through the Huffpost article...

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Postby PeterB » Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:29 pm

We must hope that his experience in the robe might change him...

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Postby christopher::: » Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:18 pm

I remember being surprised some years back when he was mentioned as assisting with the script for the big budget ... The project was put on the shelf but seems to have been revived again. Chopra may be preparing to assist once again.

In 2004 he came with no creditials. Since then he wrote a book and graphic novel on the Buddha. Now he can say he "was ordained as a Buddhist monk for two weeks."

Cough, cough.

:thumbsup:

P.S. Auditions are still on for the role of Buddha, if anyone's interested.

http://www.buddha-movie.com/actors/register
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Postby christopher::: » Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:51 pm

If this marks the beginning of a deeper exploration of the dhamma for Chopra, then great, my hats off to him. On the other hand, if its just some Buddhist notches he wanted on his belt, for his career as a "spiritual authority" i can understand feelings of distaste. Kind of like someone marrying your sister for 2 weeks so that he could sleep with her, knowing beforehand that he had no intention of sticking around and building a relationship.

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Re: deepak chopra ordains in thailand

Postby adeh » Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:08 pm

I wonder if his photographer ordained too.

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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Postby Goedert » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:38 am

If he is in robes he is deserved and must be respect as such.

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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:41 am

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Postby mikenz66 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:28 am

Temporary ordination is the norm in Thailand and could hardly be seen as disrespecting the robe if taken seriously. A number of members here have been ordained.

As I said, what bothers me is that DC sounds like a complete novice. Those are the sort of thoughts I've had in Thailand when doing things such as accompanying my teacher on alms round (to carry the offerings, which soon get too heavy if you do an alms round in Bangkok...). What he says about how touching that sort of experience is is correct (and I wasn't even the one receiving them directly).

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Postby phil » Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:03 am

I think it's great, I read his books before I came across the Dhamma, and I left them behind, but they helped at the time. I have no concern about the Dhamma being diluted or corrupted because it already is. If what he writes/says about his experiences brings more people into a big wide gate that vaguely leads in the direction of "Buddhism", more people will eventually make it through the narrow gate into Theravada, I say. :smile:
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Re: deepak chopra ordains in thailand

Postby phil » Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:52 am

Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
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