Dhamma propagation - most effective form?

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Dhamma propagation - most effective form?

Post by rowyourboat » Sun May 08, 2011 2:17 am

What's the most effective form of dhamma propagation, in your opinion?

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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by Ben » Sun May 08, 2011 2:23 am

Practice, Matheesha, Practice!
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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by plwk » Sun May 08, 2011 2:41 am

Location Matheesha Location :jumping:
(Where people are the most, that's where Dhamma should be made available, in my POV)

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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by Reductor » Sun May 08, 2011 7:29 am

I am think both Ben and plwk are right. Practice energetically and put yourself out there to offer to others a buddhist answer/perspective on their questions. Whether or not they are receptive depends on many more conditions than just what you say.

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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by LastLegend » Sun May 08, 2011 7:36 am

Represent Buddha's teachings by truly practicing the teachings to become a good role model. When people see that you are peaceful and vibrant, people will be curious about what you do. Then you can tell them that you practice Buddhism. :smile:

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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by rowyourboat » Sun May 08, 2011 1:19 pm

Thanks Ben, I somehow knew you were going to say that :D. Yes, I agree wholeheartedly that there is no substitute to personal experience and practice, in becoming a good teacher-interestingly I didn't consider that aspect of dhamma propagation. Hmm.. :thinking:

I agree with plwk about location. I see that I do reach more people at London Buddhist Vihar where the transport links are better and the temple is more established, with an active programme list.

I guess I am thinking on a broader scale than just one person doing classes. What about utilising the media, bibles in hotels, that type of thing as well..

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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by bodom » Sun May 08, 2011 10:07 pm

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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by pilgrim » Mon May 09, 2011 3:41 am

For the average practising Buddhist who does not expect to be a teacher, I would say the most effective thing you can do to propagate the Dhamma is "Organisation". Get a number of people together, form common objectives like organising teachngs, retreats, etc.. implement..

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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by alan » Mon May 09, 2011 4:08 am

How about taking full page adverts in all the major papers?
Or, we could put the Suttas in every hotel room.
Or, we could start a TV network. People could turn to channel 77 and hear the teachings!
That might work.

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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by cooran » Mon May 09, 2011 4:15 am

But, most likely, it would turn as many people off buddhism as the Jehovah Witnesses do re christianity. Next someone will suggest door-knocking in pairs.
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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by alan » Mon May 09, 2011 4:23 am

My famous blend of sarcasm and literalism didn't seem to work here. So I'll have to use the technique of last resort--honesty.
Be like Ben and live it. Some will respond. Don't worry about the others.
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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by cooran » Mon May 09, 2011 4:31 am

:jumping:

So we agree! :smile:
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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by Reductor » Mon May 09, 2011 4:35 am

But JW attracts new members all the time. So it must work... Perhaps similar approaches, minus the obnoxious doctrine, would be successful. But god no door knocking!

There are community centers, pools, doctors offices with specific places to place pamphlets. Perhaps get something like "Just be good" and pull enough out of it to make a small and welcoming pamphlet.

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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by rowyourboat » Mon May 09, 2011 5:53 am

alan wrote:How about taking full page adverts in all the major papers?
Or, we could put the Suttas in every hotel room.
Or, we could start a TV network. People could turn to channel 77 and hear the teachings!
That might work.
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The result? - 5 billion Christians!
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Re: Dhamma propagation

Post by rowyourboat » Mon May 09, 2011 5:56 am

pilgrim wrote:For the average practising Buddhist who does not expect to be a teacher, I would say the most effective thing you can do to propagate the Dhamma is "Organisation". Get a number of people together, form common objectives like organising teachngs, retreats, etc.. implement..
Pilgrim,

Really great point. Thank you! If we really want this for our kids, and not let it die out, we will have to so more than sit on our backsides! (not that that is not important :) )

Edit: Another option is to set up Buddhists websites, forums, chat rooms and become moderators in them. :tongue:

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