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Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All

Postby oldbob » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:30 pm

Wish list. :soapbox:

1. Enlightenment Engine. Suffering being in - Happy :buddha1: out.

Programmed learning modules could be set up for all practices / lineages. You progress as you succeed in each practice, including practice in meditation / absorptions. This can be developed from within each lineage, with links to living Masters / sources of empowerment / on-line / off-line transmission / reading authorization, live webcasts, recorded explanations, retreat opportunities and support groups, as appropriate. Many poor people have access to the web, through libraries, schools, or through friends, but lack the resources to go to teachings and or buy Dharma media. This could help make practices available in a useful way.

Example:

Massimo Catalfo, http://www.casedellabucca.info, has made a brilliant and kindly, usable multimedia module on Tara, using resources from ChNNR. Works for me. For various reasons it has not been released. While it is not "programed learning" the source material could easily be adapted.

2. On-line library of all the teachings by each Master in hyper-linked cross reference, for all media. Access to be controlled by each lineage holder, but stored in a common place on the cloud. Many poor people have access to the web, through libraries, schools, or through friends, but lack the resources to go to teachings and or buy Dharma media. This could help make practices available in a useful way.

3. It would be helpful if there were a website not just listing the world wide Teaching schedules of all Masters, but also cross referencing Teachings by type, time-line and price. (Perhaps we need to invent a Dewey Decimal index of practices.) A newcomer, looking at the swirl of confusion/ massive information overload, on the web, has little clue, and finds Teachers / Teachings by happenstance and karma.

A responsible,vetted web site (perhaps Dharma Wheel) could help a lot, with a cross referenced data base of Teachers, Teachings, Time Lines, schedules and prices.

This could be a simple language, clearly presented, starting point for Buddhist spiritual seekers.

The key point is not to replace or change, in the slightest, any current Teaching structures or methods, but to provide additional resources, free on the web, for Buddhist spiritual seekers for whom the current resources fail to engage. Maybe this can be called Easy Dharma.

May this be of use to someone!

Long life to the Masters, may they live long, in good health, and with success in all things.

ob
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Re: Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All

Postby Astus » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:20 am

Great ideas, although little to do with this forum. You should perhaps find someone with the necessary programming skills to create the structure, then upload and maintain all the data.
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All

Postby Lhasa » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:40 pm

Oldbob,
That link doesn't work. Great ideas,btw.
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Re: Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All

Postby oldbob » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:56 pm

Astus wrote:Great ideas, although little to do with this forum. You should perhaps find someone with the necessary programming skills to create the structure, then upload and maintain all the data.


Dear all and All,

Yes, this makes sense. It will take time, but maybe not so hard. Maybe Dharma Wheel can collaborate?

This is a gentle Spring breeze of the future, that you can feel with each breath.

A few years ago Jody Williams made a big wish.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jody_Williams

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_collaboration
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_intelligence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing
http://www.kickstarter.com/

Let's say it costs a million dollars to start (501C3, start-up staff, small endowment - could be run out of a back room at Google / Facebook, etc., with lunch time help from expert programmers to make it happen). 3 months till first practice ap roll out. Donations and sales of fancy ap modules monetizes the project. All aps available for free, for poor, in simple, but same info, form. Lineage holders license the use of their material and control the content of their aps. Transmission, as appropriate, available, on line 24/7. Doable now: potential market, 7 billion.

Look at what Jody did. One person can change the world. It is a choice. Your kids can play "Warcraft" or "Be a Buddha."

Not a big deal: one million people offering one dollar; one thousand people offering a thousand dollars; or one person offering one million dollars.

All sorts of things get funding.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... d=ITP_AHED

What is important?

My 2 cents is that all Dharma Centers, Teaching events, practice materials, Teachings and explanations in all media, are not the key point.

The key point is how do you / we promote the direct experience of individual realization?

Build it and they will come.
See Field of Dreams
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097351/

When you make a big wish the universe hears you.
Note for Buddhists: if you, as the universe, make the wish, then maybe, there is no duality. :smile:
Be care full what you wish for.

Kindness matters.
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Re: Wish List - Real Dharma Free for All

Postby oldbob » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:39 pm

Lhasa wrote:Oldbob,
That link doesn't work. Great ideas,btw.

Lhasa,

Maybe it is for the good that too many people do not contact Massimo frivolously.

I've heard that he has a friend who has a beautiful boutique B&B near Merigar. Maybe you can meet Tara there too.

If anyone is interested, they can PM me for the contact info.

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