Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find

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Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find

Postby a_human_being » Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:01 pm

What do you guys think about the idea of putting dharma material in analog and/or digital media, put this in airtight, weatherproof, waterproof, maybe even fireproof, containers and hide these at various places (dig down deep in the earth, hide in caves etc) with the intention that maybe sometime in the future, when most dharma might have been lost due to nuclear war or whatever, it could be found and benefit people?

This could be done at many different levels of effort and budgets. We wouldn't know which would "survive" anyway, and which would be able to be understood by any eventual finders in the future, be it due to language or the chosen medium. So, the more people just ...putting some dharma on a cheap usb stick or printing a couple of pages on their printer with the basics of buddhism, putting it in some box and try to waterproof it and dig it down or something... the higher the chance of some of these "dharma treasures" for the future surviving to maybe one day be found by someone who really needed to find it. That would be a happy thought. :namaste:

What would cost most would be the "time capsules" I guess. Beyond that, usb sticks are cheap for example. If digging down analogue media, for example books, one could take them apart and laminate every single page to further provide protection against time and the elements (well I hope that laminating paper really does provide better longtime protection and that the laminate itself will not speed up the decomposition of paper!).

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Re: Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find

Postby Sherlock » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:11 pm

Little guarantee that current digital media would still be working when they are rediscovered.
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Re: Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find

Postby Caz » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:17 pm

A good Idea, It would be more appropriate for Sutra Material !
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Re: Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find

Postby Malcolm » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:47 pm

There is no need for this.

The sublime Dharma arises from the intrinsic sound of Dharmatā. That is always present, just as awakened beings are always present to communicate it. Hence, the treasure tradition.
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Re: Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find

Postby ram peswani » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:13 pm

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Malcolm wrote:There is no need for this.

The sublime Dharma arises from the intrinsic sound of Dharmatā. That is always present, just as awakened beings are always present to communicate it. Hence, the treasure tradition.



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Re: Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find

Postby kirtu » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:26 am

Sherlock wrote:Little guarantee that current digital media would still be working when they are rediscovered.


We can engineer a storage device to last up to 10 M years. As long as technical civilization continues they will be able to read it.

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Re: Hiding "Dharma treasures" for future generations to find

Postby vajrahorizon » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:16 am

Whether current technical civilisation will continue is one of the great questions of the age.

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