Ajahn Brahm for sale?

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This is quite funny n creative. But i dont know how
the conservatives will react.

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Conservative types are usually more dogmatic. To me Buddhism is a liberal religion and should be open to many interpretations, even within one specific tradition. Ajahn Brahm often goes against the grain, and personally I think that's why loads of people love him, because he is unorthodox.
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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

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Maybe we'll get lucky and get to hear a long, pointless, rambling joke!
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Well I wouldn't see myself as conservative but I don't see it as funny or appropriate but there you go.
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I think the Buddha would disapprove.
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

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Didn't the Buddha have a sense of humor PolarBuddha?
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah
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"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."
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I doubt it's "Prostituting his time" when it comes to a good cause. Ajahn Brahm strives for equality and will take whatever measures necessary. If that would have pissed off the Buddha, I don't think he'd mind. The Budha didn't even want to teach women and had to be convinced by Ananda to do so. There's still a heirachy in Thai Buddhism now, men are seen as superior but People like Ajahn brahm want to change this.
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah
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Is there any evidence that its not just a spoof or a scam?

Buddhists should be trying to conserve the Buddha's genuine teachings, so “conservative” or “orthodox” are not dirty words in the Buddha's teaching.

The Venerable Mahākassapa convened the First Buddhist Council to conserve the Dhamma/Vinaya for future generations after the Buddha's demise.
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lol I think its funny. Ajahn Brahm is great and what he's doing for the Bhikkhuni's is great as well. Of course other people are going to try to project their perceptions of what they think a Bhikkhu should or should not be doing... but really, who are we to tell Ajahn Brahm anything lol.
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I couldn't agree more Marc
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah
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it is extremely inappropriate for a mendicant to do such a thing. they are not commodities for sale. People should give not because they get something, but because they find wherever it is inspiring.
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