Next Meeting This FRI JULY 12, 7 PM — What Does NY Times Mean to MY Practice?

Our next meeting is this FRI JULY 12 at 7 PM.

For those who did not attend  last session, we will recap the discussion on the disturbing article on the front page of  New York Times. — Extremism Rises Among Myanmar Buddhists and in   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/killing-with-kindness-burmas-religious-battleground–and-the-monks-at-the-heart-of-it-8627571.html

The discussion will continue with emphasis on what does this mean to me?

AND, what does the Buddha want US to do?

If you do not have them, could you please print, read and bring:

– The articles.

– The attached Monk in Burma Discussion

– If possible pages 91 – 108 of Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Gunaratana.

Hope to see you there!

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2 Responses to Next Meeting This FRI JULY 12, 7 PM — What Does NY Times Mean to MY Practice?

  1. jazzydhamma says:

    Jim,

    Thank you for providing such a thought provoking article and topic. I was not aware of any of this happening as I am not a regular reader of the NYT or Time magazine. It encouraged me to go out on Google and do a little more research. I found a variety of viewpoints on this issue, especially from the international press.

    I respectfully offer this article as an alternative viewpoint (and more contextual approach) to the NYT article, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/killing-with-kindness-burmas-religious-battleground–and-the-monks-at-the-heart-of-it-8627571.html. Please read it thoroughly. It gives, to me at least, a more nuanced and historic perspective to the topic.

    While I applaud the effort to make our discussions more topical and relevant to current events and issues facing Buddhists of all nationalities, I would caution restraint and the application of virtue (see Brahma-vihara citation below) in the discussion of topics that we may hold differing views on and that may inadvertently provide unwholesome stimulus to our joint study of the Buddha and his teachings. The Buddha likened the discussion of politics (define below as ministers and armies, danger and war”) to “animal talk” with, I think, good reason:

    “Generally in talking to bhikkhu one should try to avoid unsuitable subjects of discussion. Bhikkhus were several times rebuked by Lord Buddha for engaging in “animal-talk,” which is defined by this quite common passage in the discourses: “Talk about kings and robbers, ministers and armies, danger and war, eating and drinking, clothes and dwellings, garlands and scents, relations, vehicles, villages and markets, towns and districts, women and heroes, street talk, talk by the well, talk about those departed in days gone by, idle chatter, talk upon the world and the sea, and also on gain and loss” (AN 10.69). ” excerpt from The Buddhist Monk’s Discipline, Some Points Explained for Laypeople by Bhikkhu Khantipalo http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/khantipalo/wheel130.html

    May we come together on Saturday keeping in mind the The Four Sublime States Contemplations on Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/wheel006.html and have a wonderful dicussion.

    with metta,

    John

  2. asenerchia says:

    Brandy(i?) and I recounted a story about Ajahn Chah & – we thought – Ajahn Brahm, in which the latter received instruction through an abnormal, although dare I say not unheard of, method from the former. The real recipient of the teaching was Ajahn Nyanadhammo, and that story as well as some other nice recollections can be seen here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZSJUWEHBBs

    Enjoy!

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