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စား၀တ္ေနေရးအဆင္ေျပေစရန္ ဆန္အိတ္လွဴျခင္း ႏွင့္ အျခားလိုအပ္သည္မ်ား လွဴဒါန္းျခင္းတို႔ျဖင့္ လစဥ္ ေထာက္ပံ့သြားမည္ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ သီလရွင္ႏွင့္ ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ား ေအာင္ျမင္စြာ ပညာသင္ၾကားႏိုင္ေရး အတြက္ အနီးကပ္စာျပေပးမည့္ ဆရာမ (၆) ဦးအား တစ္လလွ်င္ (၅) ေသာင္းက်ပ္ျဖင့္ ငွါးရမ္းေပးရန္ စီစဥ္ထားပါသည္။ ပညာေရးအလွဴအား ေစတနာရွင္မ်ားမွလည္း ပါ၀င္ လွဴဒါန္းႏိုင္ပါသည္။ ေကာက္ခံရရွိေသာ အလွဴေငြမ်ားအား ဘဏ္စာအုပ္ထားရွိ၍ ေငြစာရင္းရွင္းတမ္းအား လစဥ္ေဖာ္ျပသြားမည္ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ ေက်ာင္းသား/ေက်ာင္းသူမ်ား၏ မွတ္တမ္းမ်ားအား အလွဴရွင္မ်ားထံသို႔လည္း ေပးပို႔သြားပါမည္။

ပညာေရးအလွဴေတာ္ ႏႈိးေဆာ္ခ်က္


ရန္ကုန္ျမိဳ႕ အေသာကာရာမ သီလရွင္စာသင္တုိက္မွ နဝမတန္း ေျဖဆုိမည့္ သီလရွင္ ဆရာေလးမ်ားအတြက္ ဆရာ၊ ဆရာမမ်ား လစဥ္ ထားေပးႏုိင္ရန္ ပညာေရးအလွဴရွင္မ်ား လုိအပ္ေနပါသည္။ ေရႊေစတီ ဘုန္းေတာ္ၾကီးသင္ပညာေရးေက်ာင္းတြင္လည္း ဆင္းရဲႏြမ္းပါးသည့္ ၉ တန္းႏွင့္ ၁၀ တန္း ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ား ေက်ာင္းအိပ္ေက်ာင္းစား ေနထုိင္ပညာဆည္းပူးႏုိင္ေရးအတြက္ ကူညီေထာက္ပံ့မည့္ ကုသုိလ္ရွင္မ်ား လုိအပ္လ်က္ ရွိပါသည္။ ေစတနာရွင္ အလွဴရွင္မ်ား အေနျဖင့္ ေထရဝါဒ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ လူငယ္မ်ားအသင္း http://www.mmtheravada.org ဖုန္း
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သီလရွင္ ဆရာေလးမ်ားႏွင့္ ကေလးမ်ား ဇြန္လအမီ ေက်ာင္းတက္ႏုိင္ေရးအတြက္ ကာလဒါန ကုသုိလ္အျဖစ္ သဒၶါတတ္အား နည္းမ်ားမဆုိ လွဴဒါန္းကူညီၾကပါရန္ ႏႈိးေဆာ္အပ္ပါသည္။

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ေနာက္ဆက္တြဲသတင္း.....

ပညာေရးအလွဴေတာ္လႉဒါန္းမည့္အစီအစဥ္

ေထရ၀ါဒဗုဒဘာသာ လူငယ္မ်ား အသင္းမွ ဦးစီး၍ (၂၀၁၁) ခုႏွစ္တြင္ န၀မတန္းသို႔ တက္ေရာက္မည့္ ေက်ာင္းသား (၂၅) ေယာက္ႏွင့္ ေက်ာင္းသူ (၂၅) ေယာက္အား ပညာေရးေထာက္ပံ့မႈျပဳလုပ္ေပးႏိုင္ရန္ စီစဥ္ထားပါသည္။

ျပဳလုပ္မည့္အစီအစဥ္

ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားအား ေရႊေစတီဘုန္းႀကီးေက်ာင္း (ဆရာေတာ္ ဦးေတဇႏၵိ၊ ခ/(၃) ရက္ကြက္၊ ေရႊေစတီေက်ာင္း၊ မဂၤလာဒုံၿမိဳ႕နယ္) တြင္ထားရွိမည္ျဖစ္ၿပီး ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားသည္ မိမိတို႔ ဆႏၵအေလ်ာက္ ကိုရင္၀တ္လိုကလည္း ၀တ္ႏိုင္ပါသည္။ ေက်ာင္းသူမ်ားအား အေသာကာရာမ သီလရွင္စာသင္တိုက္ (ဆရာေလးေဒၚသုနႏၵာ (ဖုန္း-၀၉-၈၆၂၈၈၁၁)၊ ၀ါယာလက္ေစ်းမွတ္တိုင္၊ ေရႊႏွင္းဆီရပ္ကြက္၊ မဂၤလာဒံုၿမိဳ႕နယ္) တြင္ထားရွိပါမည္။ အေသာကာရာမေက်ာင္းမွ သီလရွင္မ်ားသာလက္ခံသည္ျဖစ္၍ ေက်ာင္းသူမ်ားမွာ သီလရွင္၀တ္ရပါမည္။ သီလရွင္မ်ားတက္ေရာက္ရမည့္ အ.ထ.က ေက်ာင္းမွာ အေသာကာရာမ ေက်ာင္းမွလက္ရွိ သီလရွင္မ်ား တက္ေရာက္ေနေသာ ေက်ာင္းျဖစ္၍ ပညာသင္ၾကားမႈတြက္ အခက္အခဲ မရွိႏိုင္ပါ။ စာသင္သူမ်ား စား၀တ္ေနေရးအဆင္ေျပေစရန္ ဆန္အိတ္လွဴျခင္း ႏွင့္ အျခားလိုအပ္သည္မ်ား လွဴဒါန္းျခင္းတို႔ျဖင့္ လစဥ္ ေထာက္ပံ့သြားမည္ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ သီလရွင္ႏွင့္ ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ား ေအာင္ျမင္စြာ ပညာသင္ၾကားႏိုင္ေရး အတြက္ အနီးကပ္စာျပေပးမည့္ ဆရာမ (၆) ဦးအား တစ္လလွ်င္ (၅) ေသာင္းက်ပ္ျဖင့္ ငွါးရမ္းေပးရန္ စီစဥ္ထားပါသည္။ ပညာေရးအလွဴအား ေစတနာရွင္မ်ားမွလည္း ပါ၀င္ လွဴဒါန္းႏိုင္ပါသည္။ ေကာက္ခံရရွိေသာ အလွဴေငြမ်ားအား ဘဏ္စာအုပ္ထားရွိ၍ ေငြစာရင္းရွင္းတမ္းအား လစဥ္ေဖာ္ျပသြားမည္ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ ေက်ာင္းသား/ေက်ာင္းသူမ်ား၏ မွတ္တမ္းမ်ားအား အလွဴရွင္မ်ားထံသို႔လည္း ေပးပို႔သြားပါမည္။ အေသးစိတ္ေဆာင္ရြက္မည့္ အခ်က္အလက္မ်ားအားလည္း ဆက္လက္ေဖာ္ျပသြားပါမည္။

ေလ်ာက္ထားမည့္ သူမ်ား ျပည့္စုံရမည့္အခ်က္မ်ားမွာ

(က) ေက်ာင္းသူမ်ားမွာ သီလရွင္၀တ္ႏိုင္ရပါမည္။

(ခ ) မိဘမ်ားမွ ေနထိုင္ရန္ခြင့္ ျပဳသူျဖစ္ရပါမည္။

(ဂ ) စာသင္သားမ်ားေနထိုင္မည့္ ေက်ာင္းတြင္း စည္းကမ္းမ်ားကို တိက်စြာလိုက္နာရပါမည္။

(ဃ) ေက်ာင္းထားရန္ အမွန္တကယ္အခက္အခဲ ရွိေနသူျဖစ္ရပါမည္။

အထက္ပါအခ်က္အလက္မ်ားႏွင့္ ျပည့္စုံသူမ်ားသည္ ေထရ၀ါဒဗုဒၶဘာသာလွဴငယ္မ်ား အသင္းသို႔ ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းႏိုင္ပါသည္။ (http://mmtheravada.org)

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Angry Asian Buddhists



a partial, personal, response to Jaed Coffin's 'A Chant To Soothe Wild Elephants'

Among the huge number of Buddhist blogs is one I often look at called Angry Asian Buddhist. It's maintained by someone called Arun, who also writes on the group blog Dharma Folk. And whilst I think that Arun often goes a little too far (he recently compared making a mistake over an unfamiliar name with the bombing of Vietnam), I generally think he makes some excellent arguments.

His latest post on Dharma Folk addresses the assumption made by many that western Buddhism is white Buddhism, whereas in fact, he points out, "most Western Buddhists are of Asian heritage" and that "common sense tells me that I can be Asian and a Western Buddhist without being a contradiction". In this, I fully agree with Arun and with his insistence on avoiding sloppy thinking.

The inaccurate assumption that all western Buddhism is white is amazingly common, and I recently came across a good example of how it might arise in a beautifully written memoir by Jaed Coffin entitled A Chant To Sooth Wild Elephants. The book recounts Jaed's American upbringing and the three months he spent in a temple in Thailand trying to resolve the conflict he felt between his western background and his Thai heritage.

From the very start this is a personal and honest account of Jaed's struggles and is full of eloquent snapshots of the conflict within him. Standing in the non-Thai line at Bangkok airport he describes how he was desperate to distance himself from the backpackers around him, and how, when on the streets of Bangkok, he'd speak in his loudest Thai to ensure that other foreigners knew he wasn't one of them.

And, like so many new arrivals in an exotic new country, he romanticises everything, even the kids playing in the street - "so much happier than American kids" he says. And when he is asked about American Buddhism, Jaed replies "I started thinking of all the meditation retreats and workshops run by white men with long beards and attractive women with fit yoga bodies. 'Yes.' I said. 'There is some Buddhism... it is expensive'."

Jaed, young and with little previous interest in Buddhism, had never actually been to any of the retreats or workshops he'd pictured in his mind. Neither had he been to any of the American Thai temples. His image of white men and expensive retreats was an instant dismissal brought about not from experience, but because he wished to see only negative things about the west, as if by doing so he could become more authentically Thai.

"I found shallow joy in scoffing at my liberal white classmates for romanticizing third-world cultures", he writes at the beginning of the book, unaware that the romanticisation was entirely his. This is evident from his assumptions about the happiness of the kids playing in puddles, kids that likely never get to see a dentist or any kind of specialist doctor, to his romantic involvement with a village girl against the specific warnings of his Thai family.

In fact, he even toys with the idea of staying in Thailand, marrying her, and building a life there. Entirely unaware of course that, unlike America where his mother settled and was given full rights, it would be unlikely that as an American citizen he'd be allowed to ever fully integrate into Thai society. At one point Jaed asks "Was Thai-ness a measure of blood?" If he'd stayed he'd have discovered the official answer to that question.

Here I need to say a little more about why I found this book so fascinating, and how it links to Arun's blog posts. Like Jaed's father, I lived in Thailand, married, and returned to live in the west. Once in England, my wife was granted permanent residency, with no need to renew or extend her visa, no need to register with any authorities, and no need to obtain a work permit. In fact, she is now eligible to apply for British citizenship. All good.

In contrast, at the end of our relationship, I once again returned to Thailand where, despite being a spouse and father of Thai citizens and working for a Thai university, I have to renew my visa and work permit every year. I also have to undergo Alien Registration every ninety days and am fined almost a week's wages if I miss the deadline. My visa becomes invalid if I change employer, and there are only a small number of jobs I can legally apply for.

Arun writes that "in North America, Asian Americans... have had to wrestle with the perception of being perpetual foreigners" and I suspect he's right. However, for non-Thais in Thailand this is no mere perception. The official system is specifically designed to ensure that those without Thai blood remain forever foreign. I have western friends here who speak fluent Thai and have Thai grandchildren, but who have to live with the life-long insecurity of official outsider status.

For me this no longer matters, my future is now elsewhere. For my son, he's eligible for Thai citizenship but he'll have much the same journey as Jaed. I hope one day he'll visit his Thai brother (my stepson) and the rest of his Thai family and spend some time ordained. I hope he'll appreciate the answer his mother will give him, in similar words to Jaed's no doubt, when he asks about his background: "Do what you want. But do not forget that I [gave] you many opportunities". And I hope he learns, as Jaed did, that finding the Buddha is not a question of race or place.

Links:
  • Angry Asian Buddhist
  • Dharma Folk: Is Western Buddhism White?


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    ဘေလာ့ဂ္ဂါမ်ားမွ မိမိတို ့၏ကိုယ္ပိုင္ စာမ်က္ႏွာမ်ားမွတဆင့္ ေရးတင္ေနၾကသျဖင့္ ဖတ္ရႈေလ့လာသူမ်ားအတြက္ ေနရာမ်ားစြာသို ့ သြားေရာက္ ဖတ္ရႈေနၾကရပါသည္။

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