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by zavk
Tue May 13, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Life Stories of Australia-please share and support
Replies: 4
Views: 3431

Re: Buddhist Life Stories of Australia-please share and supp

Dear friends

Here is the full video that Ajahn Brahm made for us. He was very kind and generous with his time. We didn't really have a script for him. We asked if he would say a few words about the project and he did!

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by zavk
Tue May 06, 2014 8:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Life Stories of Australia-please share and support
Replies: 4
Views: 3431

Re: Buddhist Life Stories of Australia-please share and supp

Thank you Ben. This is a very interesting and curious process for everyone involved, as such an approach to conducting research is new. But I think it is an important way for the public and researchers to speak with one another. In terms of Buddhism, the research team is especially grateful that thi...
by zavk
Mon May 05, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Life Stories of Australia-please share and support
Replies: 4
Views: 3431

Buddhist Life Stories of Australia-please share and support

Dear Dhamma friends I am very excited to inform you about the successful launch of the crowdfunding campaign, Buddhist Life Stories of Australia (part of Research My World, a collaboration between Pozible and Deakin University, Australia) You can support the campaign here: http://www.pozible.com/bud...
by zavk
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Meeting Taiwan's new-age Buddhists
Replies: 11
Views: 1204

Re: Meeting Taiwan's new-age Buddhists

Hi Mkoll I have a diasporic 'Chinese' ancestry too. So I guess it helps that we have shared lived experience as a point of reference - though what I'm suggesting is relevant more generally. My grandparents on my mother's side are Chinese-Americans living in the United States but they are still very ...
by zavk
Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Meeting Taiwan's new-age Buddhists
Replies: 11
Views: 1204

Re: Meeting Taiwan's new-age Buddhists

I recall a Dhamma talk I downloaded by Bhikkhu Bodhi (sorry I forget the title) on Dana. He said that 'Western' or contemporary Buddhists who adopt a particular modern approach [this is a trend that developed out of nineteenth century colonial encounters and ideological struggles between the Euro-At...
by zavk
Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday thaijeppe, forestmat, zavk !!!
Replies: 5
Views: 635

Re: Happy Birthday thaijeppe, forestmat, zavk !!!

Hi all. I only visit DW occasionally these days, and especially the past few months when I have been extremely caught up in work. But I remember that the admins/mods always make it a point to wish members a happy birthday. So I thought the responsible thing to do is to express my gratitude. I should...
by zavk
Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

So-called ‘hierarchies’ of Dhamma practice are mutually imposed within indigenous Buddhist communities. The laity have a role, as do the bhikkhus. Both support a ritual symbiosis. And all are invited to practice a contemplative Dhamma. No ‘whitewashing’ there. Yes I am aware of this and not just in...
by zavk
Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

"Dependent on eye & forms, eye-consciousness arises. The meeting of the three is contact. With contact as a requisite condition, there is feeling. What one feels, one perceives (labels in the mind). What one perceives, one thinks about. What one thinks about, one objectifies. Based on what a person...
by zavk
Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

Hey... no worries man. I appreciate it but I don't wish for the thread to get bogged down on what may or may not be disrespectful to me on my account. So to allow for the possibility of thinking otherwise, for further questioning in this thread, I suppose what Retro asks below is inter-involved with...
by zavk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

What I am pointing to, rather, is how their lifeworlds and approaches to Buddhism may not be adequately recognised or appreciated by those deeply embedded in 'Western Buddhism'. Thanks for clarifying your position and showing in conclusion what you are really pointing out -- that you feel that Asia...
by zavk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

...there could be greater recognition of different, multiple realities of BuddhismS. 'Western Buddhists', with their capacity to access to resources, are actually in a good position to learn about these other BuddhismS and become mindful of how one's embeddedness and framing within certain circumst...
by zavk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

I looked at your links and they are not to books. They are to book sellers. I read the abstract and really did not get the impression that they would say much about Buddhists who felt effaced/subjugated/denigrated......seems they are mostly about various scholars who studied religion and gave their...
by zavk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

Greetings, I've read his posts, and your replies. From my point of view your replies seem to be assuming that zavk needs help letting go of his past, and you're going to help him by quoting suttas to him. More generally, I'm assuming that as a Buddhist he is interested in liberation and the teachin...
by zavk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

It is hard to know what the right thing to reply is to zavk's posts... Ok I admit that I had indulged myself in being deliberately provocative in some ways, with the presumption (<-- yes, it is a stubborn habit) that generating discomfort can be a productive way of drawing attention (or not) to thi...
by zavk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

Greetings, In any event, thank YOU for showing me how I am ‘making my self big time.’ Gee… now I really feel like I ought to reflect on the forces that have shaped my self. Alternatively... Do not recollect the past........ Bhikkhus, how do you recollect the past? You think interestedly, I was of s...
by zavk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

..........not to disparage 'Western Buddhism' as such, since I am participating in it too, but merely in hope of encouraging curiosity about the stories of other Buddhists that may be effaced/subjugated/denigrated, even if unwittingly, by the story 'Western Buddhism' narrates about itself. Ok, then...
by zavk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

Let me then try to illustrate these metaphors of ‘white’ and ‘framing’ in terms of my own experience. As I’ve mentioned I have a ‘Chinese’ ancestral heritage. But I grew up in an environment where I was thoroughly educated in English. Because I generally spoke English at home and preferred Western p...
by zavk
Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

Actually, you were the one who first evoked the term ‘race’, not me. Although I can certainly see the rationale for extracting a ‘racial’ thematic in this thread, given that the OP highlights the discussion in Lopez’s book about historical European attitudes towards Asian Buddhist customs and my own...
by zavk
Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

Thank you to those who are picking up on salient points and the objective of the initial posts and subsequent clarifications. I took it as a continuation of the discussions we have had about the origins of modern/western Buddhism, the back-and-forth between colonial attitudes and locals, and the way...
by zavk
Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 9732

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

Greetings, Yes, and I don't know if I am not making myself clear enough, or if you don't want to get it or just cannot get it. But what I have been trying to highlight so far is the need to pay attention to how conceptual groupings still work today in various subtle ways - especially when this habi...