Bringing the Dharma to the Middle East

A discussion with students of Israeli Dharma Friends, Israel.

Buddhism to Israel

  • What does it mean to bring Buddhism to the West and to Israel?
  • Importance of knowing the Dharma well and not rejecting any part because it doesn’t suit us
  • Discriminating Buddhism from culture
  • Which way to go in the future for the Dharma group and the individuals in the group
  • The different ways for people to practice together
  • Whether having checklists and structure is helpful for a group
  • The benefits of having discussion groups
  • How the older members can set an example for the newer members

Bringing the Dharma to the Middle East 01 (download)

Useful things for personal practice

  • Whether to have a Dharma center for regular group activities, what activities to plan and whether to get a resident teacher
  • The importance of working together harmoniously and how each member can play his/her role well
  • Being mindful of the influence of the eight worldly concerns
  • What nonviolent communication means and why it’s helpful

Bringing the Dharma to the Middle East 02 (download)

Future development

  • Love and compassion
  • Level of interest in Buddhism in Israel
  • Ways to relate to and work with other Buddhist groups and traditions

Bringing the Dharma to the Middle East 03 (download)

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