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Teaching the unteachable-encounters with mentallly ill, and suffering Buddhists in the West

Gandhari Mayana scroll jar 1st c. BCE

This is a follow up to the first article.  Read what comments I have received and the original link to the article for more information in the previous post.  I really want to emphasis this blog is just for readers information and it’s not too detailed for a reason people just need to read sutras/suttas to get their own minds purified, note in the first article a link is provided of a typical interaction between myself and Daisy who was reporting in unrelated replies to the article that she had experienced abuse at the hands of named guru.  In explosive vulgar posts she relates the stories, in a monk’s blog. Bitterly accusing famous monks of crimes and when confronted by other posters she recants and moves on to other Sangha groups in different traditions.  She sent a comment to me because she said she is not mentally ill. I never said she was, but had I linked the article to my blog becuase of it’s value as a realtime example of interaction between sangha (who she was demanding be held responsible solving her or others’s situations of abuse) and requests for help.  I repeatedly asked her to seek professional counseling or therapy and visit with a pyschiatrist.  It is apparent she needs some kind of help.  It’s one thing to write stories and quite another to demand help while storytelling then later admit to fakery and claim she wasn’t abused and that she made it up and beside I must have misunderstood her. Then demand removal of her link here. I have no link to her specifically.  I don’t have technical savvy to have one.

The title of the first post should have included those suffering abuse but since I just posted related posts about that very topic I didn’t add to the title specifically.  The content had more information, and a summary of what I have seen in temples and dealt with as a Sangha member during these past 10 years.

It is useful to read blogs widely from Sangha, not all is sweetness and light nor is all doom and gloom, and hardly any try to teach those or to correct wrong views and provide enough encouragement for their progress on the path, as touchy as the mental illness is and equally touchy is the abuse issue we as adults need to face it; it’s there, not everyday but there what is outside the temple walls is inside the temple walls.

I am setting up rules in my blog to help those who tend to spout and do provide a little helpful information.  I expect readers to seek resources on their own, plenty of online sutras and bookstores.  I strongly believe people need to read widely from all storehouses of all traditions in order to understand themselves and also other people better, also include daily practices of morning and evening services, join and seek out groups to gather together in communities for ease of mind and friendships on the path, seek out sangha members to teach Buddha dharma and contribute generously to those in need of comfort, food, shelter and resources.  And the big one, holding to the commonly accepted teachings of what is Buddhism as it was taught by Buddha.

That’s all.  I have the same old boring advice to offer, take refuge and 5 precepts formally with a monstic Sangha so you can take the class to learn the Buddhist culture and have a moral framework in which to walk the path, read all available traditions sutras/suttas and their supporting commentaries by monks and nuns who are scholars, seek out dharma teachers and monastic Sangha for dharma talks, get involved in a good community of like-minded people, commit to dana with and be interested in the Buddhist culture that you find yourself in, learn a bit from it, it’s quite fun and enjoyable; strive everyday for regular daily recitations, take bitty breaks and do 12-15 mins of meditation; get out and join in life. Look forward to your days and be happy.

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I am a Bhikshuni ordained in Mahayana Chinese Buddhist tradition. I'm currently translating Vinaya sutras from the Chinese Mahayana Tripitaka.