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.
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Yudron wrote: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 would be interested in learning more about the rationale, if it is not too personal. Or maybe you could respond through PM, if you don't want to air your reasons in public...
Anyway, thanks and hope to see you one day at a retreat.
lots of love
"To reject practice by saying, 'it is conceptual!' is the path of fools. A tendency of the inexperienced and something to be avoided."
"Even though you have recognized your essence, if you do not get accustomed to it,
You will be carried away by the enemy of thoughts, like a small child in a battle field.
So long as you are not free from the limitations of accepting and rejecting,
That long will you not recognize the view of the innermost secret heart-essence."
heart wrote:Well, dear Yudron, I understand exactly what you are getting at. I have considered doing the same many times. However, at times it seems I accidentally benefit someone and also I think I would feel a lot more lonely without my cybersangha. Anyway, thank you for everything! Lets keep in touch!
lots of love
Everything Magnus said.
Except from here.
https://www.academia.edu/25482900/WHAT_ ... _OF_STRESS
Be dedicated to the Ultimate Benefit of All Sentient Beings.
And until then, maybe this thng has not only a sad side, maybe there can be something fascinating about learning new habits.
Anyhow: be well.
Best wishes, Ayu
"We're fascinated by the words - but where we meet is in the silence behind them."
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
We pray for their precious lives to be long
We pray for their activities to spread and increase
May we be blessed never to part from the teachers.
From a short practice by Dudjom Rinpoche
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. . . and also what Magnus said.
That all said I respect your decision, and that it was made after considerable reflection.
Detachment is the final happiness. ~Sri Saraha
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