There is the frequent question:
How to introduce Buddhism to someone?
There are plenty of suttas that explain a formula on how to introduce Buddhism in such a way that can convert someone or even lead to steam entry on the spot. The text call this formula “gradual instruction (anupubbi-katha).”
Of course there are many discussions, essays and explanations about it . But it is surprising that I haven’t found any book, Dhamma talk, or video, that simply apply it in a skillful manner.
So this is a challenge to all buddhist teachers and artists to test and apply this formula by drawing contents and inspiration related to these topics from the suttas, Jatakas, verses, etc. And expounding them in a manner that is relevant, appealing and attractive to modern day society.
The topics and secuens is as follows:
To start with the wonders of generosity (dana), then the benefits of virtues (sila), then the marvels of heavens (sagga), then pointing out the dangers of sensual desire (adinava) and the reward of renunciation (nekkhamma), and finaly clearly explain the 4 Noble Truths.
This can be done through books, movies, videos, Dhamma talks, courses, retreats, documentaries, apps, social media sites, photos, paintings, songs or any type of expression.
Let’s see how skilful we can be to really make the mind of our audiences ready, malleable, free from hindrances, elevated, & clear so it can easily absorb and understand the 4 Noble Truths. Just as a clean cloth, free of stains, would properly absorb a dye, in order that the dustless, stainless Dhamma eye arise in more and more people, “Whatever is subject to origination is all subject to cessation.” (Ud 5.3)
Therefore this is an invitation to make the gradual instruction (anupubbi-katha) the main theme of 21st century buddhist catechism and arts.