Yet Another Perspective
The Leadership Committee recently sent a survey to gather input from the Anusara yoga community for use in the development of a teacher-led Anusara school. To support this effort, an Anusara student has offered to donate $500, allowing the Anusara community to decide how it can be used best. The donor wants to provide an opportunity for our kula to reflect on its values while it reinvents itself, and is not affiliated with Anusara Inc. or the Leadership Committee.
Should the donation go to support the ongoing development of the teacher-led Anusara school? Or should the donation be used to make a collection of thousands of dharma talks freely available to the public? Which of our communal values do these causes reflect, and which of these values are most in need of cultivation? Join the conversation below.
An Anusara yoga teacher-led school
On the KulaEvolution.com website, the Leadership committee addresses the critical question- "Why have an Anusara yoga organization at all?"
People who are staying with Anusara generally say they do it for two reasons: they love the method and they love the community. If there is no organization, then what holds the community together? The method? So we all teach the method, then what? Then we all become like little islands, alone, or connected with our local communities but not really connected beyond that. Many of us love Anusara for the community. Many students find us, no matter where they happen to be in the world at that moment, because there is an organization called Anusara yoga. We don’t want to give up our global community without trying to build an organization that vibrates to the tune of this method and community.
There’s another very practical reason for the organization: to train and certify teachers. Outside of the U.S., Yoga Alliance is not well known and there is no other governing body or registration organization. Anusara students who live outside the U.S. and who want to be teachers very much see the value of and benefit from having an organization. The question “why have an organization at all?” is not relevant to them the way it might be for those of us in the U.S. community. They want an organization that certifies teachers and supports them and their communities in realizing their highest aspirations in a method that they have grown to love.
Since the early 1980's, Dharma Seed has collected and distributed dharma talks by teachers transmitting the Vipassana or Insight practices of Theravada Buddhism, the oldest Buddhist tradition still actively pursued in the 21st century.
Until now, the recordings have been available only on tapes and CDs. For the first time, this website makes them freely available for download or streaming as digital audio files (MP3s). New recordings are being added continuously from contemporary dharma teachers, both those well-known and those still known only to those who have attended their retreats.
About 20 percent of the almost 10,000 Dharma talks in our archive are currently available online, but we are adding more as time and resources permit. Dharma Seed needs your help to fund the process of making more talks available and creating a good subject index.