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Offline J. McKenna

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Re: Brought Friend to Dharma center..
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2011, 01:51:50 pm »
That lack grows more prevalent with each passing year ..... a shame really .... always trying to -ismize everything ....
...i found there was no "i" anywhere.....

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Re: Brought Friend to Dharma center..
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2011, 03:38:59 pm »
Actually they explained that you dont have to say anything and can just sit or meditate.
That's cool.

At Shambhala centers you can see a parade of people who lean towards the Shambhala teachings (as opposed to Buddhism) filing into the shrine room after opening chants and then leaving the room just before the closing chants begin.  Some people can and do come in and simply sit through the chants, but most of the folks who don't take part stay out of the room till the Buddhists are done with that segment of the practice session.

No big deal.

I'm of the belief that Newbs should be handled very carefully -  to not lay too much on them too soon and to not make an issue out of ideas they may have that aren't strictly Buddhist.  Give them time.  Give them space.  Let them come to the Dharma on their own terms.

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Re: Brought Friend to Dharma center..
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2011, 06:59:45 pm »
I'm of the belief that Newbs should be handled very carefully -  to not lay too much on them too soon and to not make an issue out of ideas they may have that aren't strictly Buddhist.  Give them time.  Give them space.  Let them come to the Dharma on their own terms.
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I first got interested in Dharma because of Chime R. (Kagyu of the U.K.). He didn't talk about "Dharma" at all, but spontaneity, authenticity, and other humanistic themes. I moved into a Center in order to be on the inside so that when he came back the next year to California I'd be able to hang out with him instead of petitioning for a 5 minute interview with a timekeeper. So I helped out with all these very very traditional lamas coming to visit, but I had no real interest. But after a while, partly by osmosis and partly by meeting other lamas, I became interested in the traditional approach. But it took a long while.

If a bunch of stuff had been pushed on me to begin with I would have been out of there so fast you could not believe. I still do love Chime R. though...
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