Dear Dharma Friends,
I have been participating in on-line Dharma forums for many years, and my connections with some of you go back a decade or more. I have benefitted greatly from feeling a sense of connection with a world-wide community of people who are seriously interested in the BuddhaDharma.
However, I’ve been advised by someone who’s opinion I respect, that making posts on online Dharma forums is no longer appropriate for me. I think he is right. So, except for times when I need to get/give information for something really necessary (like about Dharma texts), my time on DW or any other forum has come to an end. This isn’t one of those situations where someone says goodbye then is back the next month.
I’m sad, but I’ve had a lot of time to think about it, and I do think it is for the best. Participating in forums does inflate both my pride and my judgmental-ness. I do want to apologize for the times that I have most certainly spouted off my opinions about the online conduct of others. I’m sorry. Who am I to think I know what is best for you, or for the Dharma?
I value my connections with ya’ll, and am happy to correspond privately. I’m especially interested in maintaining connections with people who practice and study the Dharma more or less full time. The idea of a small Google hangout group for mutual support comes to mind.
I will keep my account open for private communication.