I've been distracted from my mod duties as a result of organising and coordinating an interstate move.
At Dhamma Wheel I have actively encouraged the membership and participation of people from non-Theravadin backgrounds to complement their practice and study by using the facility here to learn about and discuss the Theravada. There are Mahayanist and Vajrayanist practitioners as I am sure there are members who have not taken refuge in the Triple Gem. To ensure that we have an environment that welcomes all so that they may learn and benefit from this unique and precious path, I ask that you be patient, extend generosity of spirit.
Dhamma Wheel is a venue for practitoners to discover and discuss the Theravada. That means, that even in places like the 'lounge' a Theravadin point of view will predominate. Members unfamiliar with the structure of the forums here should review the terms of service and special guidelines for individual fora. Discussions that are acceptable in one forum, maybe completely offtopic in another. The Classical and Abhidhamma sub-fora are for those members who wish to develop a greater understanding of the Abhidhamma and the Tipitaka and the ancient commentaries. In those fora, those sources are considered authoritative for the purposes of discussion. In those fora, personal opinions, personal interpretations based on study or one's faith in the supreme wisdom of a teacher, insights gained from one's own meditative experiences, revelations from contact with devas, are all off-topic. Posts that argue that critique or question the tipitaka, early commentaries and later scholars faithful to the 'classical' point of view are off-topic. I ask that all members respect the boundaries of discussion that is permitted in each fora.
I also ask that all members reflect on what they about to submit and review whether it is faithful to the spirit of mutual respect, friendliness and is beneficial to oneself and others.
Thanks for your time and cooperation.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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