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[5] Top Ten Buddhist Class Challenges 十大佛学班挑战

[5] Top Ten Buddhist Class Challenges
十大佛学班挑战

The following is not in order of occurrence, frequency or severity.

[01] Brevity: The class might be too short and introductory, while insufficient in conveying the essence of the Dharma.

[02] Lengthiness: The class might be too long in duration, even spanning years, while not conveying the essence of the Dharma soon and well enough, before interest and attention is lost.

[03] Technicality: The class might be too difficult, with excess long, technical and academic Dharma terms in multiple languages (e.g. Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Tibetan, English…). This makes that taught hard to follow through without forgetting what the terms mean.

[04] Generality: The class, be it short or long, might be too broad, general and vague, with too little depth on the essence of the Dharma.

[05] Practice: The class might have too little focus on application of the Dharma for everyday practice.

[06] Inaccuracy: The class might be with semi-accurate or totally inaccurate Dharma, not with the spirit and letter of the Right Dharma (正法).

[07] Opinionatedness: The class instructors might be too opinionated, thus with subjective and erroneous perceptions and instructions shared, that are not aligned with the Right Dharma, as taught by the Buddha and respective Patriarchs in the scriptures and commentaries. The instructors might not be well-versed enough in theory and practice, to represent the teachings shared.

[08] Queries: The class might lack ample and clear question-and-answer sessions for resolving burning doubts swiftly.

[09] Impermanence: The class might not emphasise adequately on the swift impermanence of this life, on how to best handle eventual death systematically, for oneself and others, to facilitate the ideal rebirth with the Pure Land teachings: https://purelanders.com/now. If Pure Land is not reached, which guarantees recollection of all past lives (and liberation), everything learnt in this life will be forgotten, (while still being trapped in rebirth).

[10] Cultivation: The class might lack follow-up practice-discussion fellowship sessions and retreats for troubleshooting interaction, and to motivate one another to strive on diligently in practice.

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