I realize I may have been rather unclear, and I apologize.
I have nothing to hide that I would lie about. To be precise. That is if confronted with a truth by someone in a way I wouldn't normally disclose, I've never felt afraid of standing behind my actions, poor or proper as they may be, they are my own and my ongoing "life lessons" so to speak. That is what I meant. In that sense I have nothing to hide. If you can find it about me, I can answer it, more than likely. Whether or not I choose to disclose is my business just like yours is your own. I would say that is implicit.
Your basic ethic will show through your words and actions, there is no way to really interact and not exchange that means you become visible to each other. Stick around long enough in any forum, you get to know your peers by how they think and write. But most importantly, they get to know you. And they show you who you are through your reactions to what you encounter in the exchanges.
The reason I wouldn't not disclose a guru is simply because if it's easily accessible information, I think it'd be kind of public. Odds are your sangha is trying to have a website, trying to be visible without soliciting from people. But the whole point of online attention for sanghas is two fold, making teachings accessible, and assisting the organization with its sustenance from people's help.
Isn't that the whole point of this internet connecting with other folks far away in body, but right here in stride online. It's one the crazy wonders of technology. And of course, such freedom carries risk. Nothing good was ever easy. But the benefits for someone like myself have been tremendous.
I realize that it's not perfect, it's what we got. I guess for myself what many others feel, is that the relative risk is worth (at least still is, who knows for how much longer - carpe diem
) the benefits of connecting with other like-minded or unlike-minded folks globally is worth the potential for "breach of privacy"... a bank account can be changed, an identity reclaimed. It's a pain in the butt, I agree, but people tend to reveal to whom they trust, if they mean well. If they don't and you don't know and shared some information in good faith and someone uses it poorly, it's like any other accident in life, you used the best judgment you had for your action. If you realize the action was incorrect, you try to adjust how you do the action. Meaning you have to stop and reflect on where it was you lost track of the part that steered your judgment poorly in that situation. If applicable. Depending on the circumstances, there are many realities, and all of them true, contradictory as they may seem, no?
Sadly, it is actually rather easy for some individuals to find out where anyone lives, what their credit card number is, and we know that there are people very crooked in their views and rather ignorant about the consequences that result from such actions. Use the best common sense you have, if not research online common sense on google and go at it.
Dhondrub thank you for the kind words, I also think these are strong teachers. Yeshe I do agree with you there are matters of privacy because quite plainly some people just mean ill to others and to continue to live in a way that is conducive to growth one must absolutely take basic care of those pillars of daily stability.
Also, if I had samaya, I would absolutely uphold this, and would not be and open book. That is perfectly sensible in this regard. One must always prioritize what is most beneficial to the current situation and its constituents. I don't know if that's Buddhist, but it's human. And practical compassion is what makes the world a better place. That doesn't mean throw caution to the wind. It means the four noble truths and the eightfold path, human beware what is sweet also carries bitter.
There are I think many lessons in those two bits right there, right? Was it the Buddha who said the heart of awakening is in those practices alone. Or was it that you could fully realize your potential even just practicing taking refuge alone. Beautiful. Shows how simple truth really is in its "prime numbers" or indivisible components.
Just a few thoughts, thanks for inspiring them!