Huifeng wrote:I see three staff members, two Admin and Mod. But as far as I know, only one of them is a Mahayana practitioner.
Huifeng wrote:However, at present, a lot of these online Buddhist Forums are single tradition. I think that a lot of context is lost. (Leave this little for another day!)
Huifeng wrote:Is there any reasoning behind the layout for the remaining stuff?
Huifeng wrote:I don't know how an "anything goes" "Lounge" is in "General Dharma".
Huifeng wrote:And I also can't see how Mahayana and Vajrayana in general can be separated from a Meditation Forum
Huifeng wrote:if Prayers and Aspirations includes Bodhicitta, which it should, how can that be separate again from the Mahayana or Vajrayana sections?
Huifeng wrote:There is a sutra section, but no Sastra forum?
Huifeng wrote:How do the specific Chinese, Korean and Japanese schools (which are all related) fit in? (After all, they can be quite different at times, and may differ from, say, Indian or Tibetan Mahayana, and of course, each other.) How do the four (or five, or six) main Tibetan traditions fit in? (After all, they aren't entirely Vajrayana, as the exoteric elements in them are often very strong, too.)
Huifeng wrote:Okay, I'll leave it at that for now. I'd like to have it in this thread, but if David, Paul and / or Laura want to take this up elsewhere, you know where to find me, and how to contact me.
Huifeng wrote:Perhaps one of the reasons why numbers haven't picked up, is that a Mahayana / Vajrayana practitioner looking at the format will not see a little slot which makes them feel right at home.
Of course you are right, a lot of segregated and hermetically sealed individual sub-forums is not the way to go either, but I question the idea of "de-emphasise specific traditions and focus more on the commonalities" somewhat.
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings bhante,
We went through an extensive process of trying to identify moderators and administrators from the Mahayana or Vajrayana traditions. Unfortunately we've not had much luck to date in our search (how busy are you nowadays, sir? ).
retrofuturist wrote:Laura has been a blessing...
retrofuturist wrote: In a sense, my role here is more about maintaining some continuity and consistency between the two DW sites - both technically and philosophically.
retrofuturist wrote:Sadly, some people have been unwilling to join Dharma Wheel specifically because Vajrayana is part of it. I can however understand their reticence.
Luke wrote:Yes, she has been. Big hugs to Laura
LauraJ wrote:I also like the idea of a new sect called Huifengianism. Cool
Huifeng wrote:Hi Laura,
In your PM, you mentioned the restructure of the forum, sub-fora, etc.
It looks pretty good so far, nice work.
A question, though: On one hand you have put Zen / Chan / Thien & Son all together;
but then you have Pureland and Jodo as separate.
There are connections, but also differences between the (roughly equiv) schools from China into Korea and Japan. If you are going to separate one branch, why not the others? eg. separate Zen / Chan, etc. Or, keep each branch together. eg. put Jodo and Pureland back together.
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