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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2013, 06:55:07 am »
I am quite happy with any of the teachers mentioned.
Do we have an infrastructure yet? Do we have our first time teacher set up?
Is there anything I can do?

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« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2013, 10:12:07 am »
Stephen and Maritine are probably ready, but I'm a bit uncomfortable starting with them first because we don't want to give the impression that we're catering to the secular/agnostic crowd, so it might be better to split them up and have them further down the line --- for example, after Bhante Dhammika or David Braizer.

As for the infrastructure, we'll probably start working on that toward the end of the month, so Hakan and I have some time to look at the various delivery methods available.

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« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2013, 10:20:09 am »

As a general point, how do you see this working?  Will we be asking visiting teachers to be available here on FreeSangha at agreed dates and times to answer questions?

Yes, at agreed dates and times, though we'll probably have a cut-off date prior to it for members to submit questions --- this way the guest teacher can go through the questions, organize them, ect.

Do you have any suggestions in regard to this, any ideas that would make things work better for everyone involved?

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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2013, 01:45:47 pm »
Trying to make contact with Bhikkhu Pesala on Dhamma Wheel, and asking for suggestions for guest speakers from the ranks of Venerables from DW admin.  No response as yet.
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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2013, 02:09:19 pm »
Ron, you might also want to ask him if he has any tips or advice when it comes to web seminars in general.

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« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2013, 02:03:42 am »

As a general point, how do you see this working?  Will we be asking visiting teachers to be available here on FreeSangha at agreed dates and times to answer questions?

Yes, at agreed dates and times, though we'll probably have a cut-off date prior to it for members to submit questions --- this way the guest teacher can go through the questions, organize them, ect.

Do you have any suggestions in regard to this, any ideas that would make things work better for everyone involved?

It would be nice to have an opportunity to ask "live" questions too.  Like those press conferences where they make a statement and then open the floor to questions.
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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2013, 02:51:21 am »
It would be great if teachers recommended online resources to familiarise ourselves with their material.

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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2013, 12:26:17 am »
Hey Everyone

* Please give the names of some Buddhist Teachers you would like to see come on here and chat with members.

*Also while your at it give me a list of practices you like,and we can see if some of these teachers will be willing to post guided meditation videos.

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How about getting someone from the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO)). Along with NKT they are probably the biggest western Buddhist communities. 
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« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2013, 02:23:07 am »
How about getting someone from the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO)). Along with NKT they are probably the biggest western Buddhist communities.

Yes, good point.  I'm guessing both Triratna and NKT would be approachable.
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« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2013, 05:41:24 am »
The San Francisco Zen Center has a large number of dharma talks on their site.  So, folks could always listen to those, to the You Tube videos of Thich Nhat Hahn and others.

Unless you can get an monk from a formal monastery who has been given permission to speak, maybe it is best just to let the audio talks do for now.

San Francisco Zen Center Dharma Talks

http://www.sfzc.org/zc/display.asp?catid=1,10&pageid=440


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Thich Nhat Hahn

Dharma Talks

http://www.plumvillage.org/HTML/dharmatalks.html


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other Dharma talks


http://www.dharmaseed.org/talks/

If folks want more than that, they probably should simply visit a monastery, in the real world, and talk directly with someone.

Zen Centers Guide

http://www.dharmanet.org/infowebZen.htm

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There is a Zen teacher, Jundo Cohen, who has an online sangha:

http://www.treeleaf.org/


However, I really recommend folks take the time to visit a center in the real world.  Nothing online can ever come close to a real world experience.  And if folks have come far enough in their practice to want some guidance, I would encourage them to take that small extra step to visit a center in the real world.

Treeleaf is good for the disabled, folks in extremely remote locations, etc. etc. etc.

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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #25 on: November 24, 2013, 09:42:14 am »
Infinity989, you appear to misunderstand the intent and purpose of this thread --- it's for suggestions on guests teachers, authors and monastics who would be suitable candidates to facilitate web seminars and workshops on this forum, not for suggestions of pre-existing podcasts and audio files.

This is related to a new subsection of the forum that will be hosting such online discussions beginning next year.








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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #26 on: November 24, 2013, 10:15:20 am »
By the way, I forgot to mention that topic suggestions are also needed --- several of the candidates contacted so far have replied back, inquiring if there was an specific subject or topic of interest.

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« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2013, 11:29:52 am »
By the way, I forgot to mention that topic suggestions are also needed --- several of the candidates contacted so far have replied back, inquiring if there was an specific subject or topic of interest.

Seems to me that is a question that should be put to to the total FressSangha membership, so that we are providing our sangha members what they want rather than what we think they need?  (The mistake made by The Roman Catholic Church, which resulted in the shutting-down of numerous community churches over the last few decades.)  Perhaps someone with the knowhow could construct a questionaire, after collecting suggestions in this thread.  We could begin with the most requested topics first and then follow in deminishing order.

What do you think?

For example, I would like to learn more about how to attain the Jhanas during meditation, how you tell one from two, two from three, three from four, and how you know when you have attained nibbana.  ......no small request!  I know! :wink1:
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But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2013, 11:47:57 am »
That's the reason for the thread, so all members could make suggestions. One of my biggest concerns was that we make sure to take everyone's tradition and interest into account right from the start, to ensure that what's being offered is well-rounded and not reflective of just a few members or their interests.

We really don't have the time at this point to create a questionare --- our target date for having the new subsection launched in this coming January, so this thread will have to suffice for the time being.

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« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2013, 12:24:04 pm »
Hi, DK.  Understood!  From the standpoint of a critical path, working backwards to develop a list of necessary steps starting from our starting date, a.k.a. "drop-dead-date", we then need to collect what is suggested by the end of November, give the list to speaker volunteers, and see what they can provide by out January drop-dead date.

We also need to know who is going to contact who (speaker-wise) and when they have to do it.  Then from that info. develop a speaker schedule.

What would you like me to do?  And, when would you like me to do it? :D
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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