Dharma Wheel

A Buddhist discussion forum on Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism
It is currently Thu Dec 25, 2014 1:53 am

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Forum rules


Please click here to view the forum rules



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:20 am
Posts: 407
When you try to share dharma with others, do you ever ask yourself:

"Am I inspiring people to practice good dhamma, or am I demoralizing them (undercutting their self-esteem), with criticism, negativity, and a lack of patience or discernment?"

"Am I inspiring people to practice good dharma, or am I flattering them (exhorting their pride) by only saying pleasant and emotionally-supportive things, without pointing out what's wrong & right or what's true & false?"

"Am I inspiring people to practice good dharma, or am I ignoring them, because I think they are too stupid to learn, when the reality is that I am too stupid to teach?"

:)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:51 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue May 19, 2009 9:25 am
Posts: 160
I ask the first question pretty often, I have to because while I am just trying to be frank, it often involves a lot of criticism and words to the contrary. I've always loved teachers that are frank, and they've helped me the most I think, so naturally I talk like they talk, I've picked up their mannerisms. It might not be the best thing for everyone though, and while most of this happens during open discussions, it's really not my place to correct everyone, which seems to be all that I do on the internet.

So I dunno, I like to think I'm snazzing up the atmosphere, bringing critical thinking and integrity to Buddhism in the USA but for all intensive purposes I might just be an @$$hole.

:coffee:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:59 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:20 am
Posts: 407
spiritnoname wrote:
it's really not my place to correct everyone, which seems to be all that I do on the internet.

You're not alone! :)

Internet forums especially seem to attract people that love to argue!

This can really destroy a lot of online communities. It happened even in early Buddhism:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

And sometimes it seems it only takes one troublemaker to come along and disrupt things.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group