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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2013, 12:51:10 pm »
Well, I have a load of laundry that needs to be done. Are you volunteering? LOL

Right now, I'm in the process of contacting the people suggested so far, not only from this thread, but from those members who have been involved in the development of the subsection, as well as authors and other monastics I have a personal relationship with, to see if they might be interested in participating, answering their questions, concerns, ect.

It seemed better to have one person do the contacting in the beginning phase --- eventually a small team or advisory committee of members will be over-seeing such things, at least that's the plan.

One issue has been left unresolved, namely the type of platform or application that we'll use for real-time online interaction --- there's a variety of them, so maybe you and Hakan could weed through them and figure out what would work best on the forum. For example, a chat program might work depending on it's features.
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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2013, 01:19:35 pm »
Regarding lecture platforms:  I am familiar with the chat platforms.  Seems we could do that easily with what we have.  Since Hakan is the IT expert, I will let him make that choice, as my computer mommy days are long over.   :-P  (Thanks to the gods of retirement.)
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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2013, 04:04:33 pm »
responding to what Dharmakara wrote (which is quoted below) -


Respectfully, I fully understand the intent and purpose of this thread - which is to suggest that this internet format look for qualified teachers to interact with the members.

To be clear, I responded that there already exists an online format - Treeleaf Zendo, run by a Zen sensei, which does just this.

My comment was that I joined Treeleaf Zendo and found the online experience there to be greatly lacking.

I don't think the problems can be resolved by a "better" internet experience.  I think they can only be resolved but aspirants interacting with a Buddhist center in the real world.

If you do not agree with my assessment, that is fine.  But I think it is certainly my place to warn aspirants about the limitations of the internet and online experiences...and how important it is to make contact, with actual practicing Buddhists, in the real world.

My spiritual insight has been confirmed by a nationally recognized Zen teacher from Los Gatos, California.  While that does not confirm upon me perfection, it does declare me, in that teacher's eye, to be someone who can transmit the Dharma.  I am, in fact, one of those teachers that you could approach.  But, I will not communicate online, with people who have anonymous identities, where one cannot interact with the other persons' tone of voice, body language and all the spirituality that happens, live, between two beings. 

And, my suggestion is, that other teachers may feel the same way.  And it is my suggestion that if they don't feel that way, it is simply because they themselves do not have extensive experience interacting online, with all the problems inherent in that interaction.

If people want to follow the Buddhist path, if there is any way possible, please try to visit a Buddhist center, in the real world, and interact with people there.  That is, precisely one exact purpose of the Dharma.

It is nice to have an online format in which people can interact with Buddhism in this kind of general way.  However, once a person is ready to interact with a teacher...the call is that they visit a Buddhist center in the real world.  I am not interested in a debate or any response on this matter.  This is my best opinion as to what the Dharma teaching is on this matter.

Gassho

PS - also, I will not engage in any teaching online, other than generally, with anonymous identities, etc. etc. etc.   











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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« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2013, 04:32:13 pm »
Yes, I'm very aware of Treeleaf Zendo --- actually both Jundo Cohen and Taigu Turlur are at the head of the list of potential teachers due to their experience. Of course, interacting with a Buddhist center in the real world is always the most preferable way to go, but sometimes that isn't an option.

In other words, there's always the possibility that the problems won't be resolved by a "better" internet experience, but this doesn't mean that we shouldn't give it try, especially if participants stand the chance of walking away with something that they find beneficial to their practice.

The problems inherent in an internet based format are well known to anyone who's tried to do such, especially within the Zen/Ch'an traditions, where even my own preceptor managed to make it work for a number of years before he passed away, so we're certainly not going into this blindly, but relying on the experience of teachers who have had some success in doing so.

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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #34 on: November 28, 2013, 06:26:29 pm »
"sometimes that isn't an option."

those are just words.  They don't mean anything.  You can do it.  Get to a Zendo.
That is the teaching.

The beings at the Zendo need your presence.  And you need their presence.  It is how the Dharma is fulfilled.



Yes, I'm very aware of Treeleaf Zendo --- actually both Jundo Cohen and Taigu Turlur are at the head of the list of potential teachers due to their experience. Of course, interacting with a Buddhist center in the real world is always the most preferable way to go, but sometimes that isn't an option.

In other words, there's always the possibility that the problems won't be resolved by a "better" internet experience, but this doesn't mean that we shouldn't give it try, especially if participants stand the chance of walking away with something that they find beneficial to their practice.

The problems inherent in an internet based format are well known to anyone who's tried to do such, especially within the Zen/Ch'an traditions, where even my own preceptor managed to make it work for a number of years before he passed away, so we're certainly not going into this blindly, but relying on the experience of teachers who have had some success in doing so.

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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #35 on: November 28, 2013, 06:38:54 pm »
Like I said, I agree with you that a formal Buddhist center is the ideal, but sometimes people don't live near one, where the best they might be able to hope for is finding an informal sitting group to participate in --- even that is a better alternative than just relying on internet based formats, but let's not cut our nose off in spite of ourself.

Some people have neither a formal center near them nor a sitting group. What are they supposed to do? Uproot their lives and move somewhere else? If that's actually an option for someone, then that's certainly their decision to make, but please don't sit here and attempt to disparage our sincere attempt to add a meaningful feature for the benefit of all members.

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« Reply #36 on: November 29, 2013, 02:28:39 am »
well, ok.

It is certainly wise to do the best that you can actually accomplish.  Many of us are indeed greatly burdened.

If you can't get to a Zendo regularly, then do try to go at least once, or once a year, maybe even take a weekend retreat there.  Do what you can.

Best wishes to you and everyone else.




Like I said, I agree with you that a formal Buddhist center is the ideal, but sometimes people don't live near one, where the best they might be able to hope for is finding an informal sitting group to participate in --- even that is a better alternative than just relying on internet based formats, but let's not cut our nose off in spite of ourself.

Some people have neither a formal center near them nor a sitting group. What are they supposed to do? Uproot their lives and move somewhere else? If that's actually an option for someone, then that's certainly their decision to make, but please don't sit here and attempt to disparage our sincere attempt to add a meaningful feature for the benefit of all members.

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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #37 on: January 22, 2014, 04:32:23 pm »
Where are we in terms of getting the guest teacher program going?

I see the posts are a couple of months old.

I love the idea.

Here are a few teachers Id like to see here:
Thich Nhat Hahn
Ajahn Brahm
Stephen Batchelor
The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what's skillful,
the cleansing of one's own mind:
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« Reply #38 on: January 22, 2014, 06:44:15 pm »
The following people have aggreed to participate as guest teachers:

Martine Batchelor (Agnostic/Secular)
Stephen Batchelor (Agnostic/Secular)
David Brazier (Pure Land)
Jundo Cohen (Zen)
Bhante Dhammika (Theravada)
Bhante Sujato (Theravada)

Unfortunately there will be a delay in launching this new feature on the forum --- the chatroom we're currently using on the forum isn't stable enough, too many glitches occuring, ect., so we'll need to find a different software application that's compatible to make it work.

Hopefully we'll be able to start doing this in the next month or two.

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« Reply #39 on: January 22, 2014, 08:10:18 pm »
Id suggest The Dali Lama too, but I doubt he would have the time or even consider it....

But He would be pretty cool to have IMHO :jinsyx:
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« Reply #40 on: January 22, 2014, 09:02:02 pm »
The same with Thich Nhat Hahn, but he wouldn't have the time either.

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« Reply #41 on: January 23, 2014, 05:06:41 pm »
The same with Thich Nhat Hahn, but he wouldn't have the time either.

I agree with DK, Thich Nhat Hahn would be great too, but DK is right, he would probably be too busy as well.

As far as a question or questions to ask the guest teachers, I would like to hear their takes on

"emptiness is form - form is emptiness"

I can see how form is empty because everything is dependent on many other conditions and nothing is permanent...but how is emptiness form?

Id like to hear the guest speakers takes.

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I am sure I will have other questions
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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #42 on: January 23, 2014, 07:20:05 pm »
Everyone participating in any given seminar/dharma talk will have the opportunity to pose questions --- they'll be gathered together and submitted to the person in advance of the scheduled date.

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« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2014, 12:52:52 am »
Think we could get Lama Surya Das as a gust teacher?

I have his book "Awakening the Buddha Within" and I quite liked it

Plus he is also Dzogchen so that may help even things out and satisfy some of our Dzogchen practioners.

Hope this helps

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Re: Suggestions for Guest Teachers
« Reply #44 on: September 20, 2014, 09:25:28 am »
For an NKT teacher, I think highly of Ben at Ashoka Centre in Plymouth, England. http://www.meditationinplymouth.org

 


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