zavk wrote:...viable alternatives to traditional models of community.
But equal? I don't think so.
"Traditional" models of community are vastly superior to the limited contact and association one can recieve over the internet.
... Ven. Ananda said to the Blessed One, "This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie."1
"Don't say that, Ananda. Don't say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When a monk has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold path."
- http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
The truth is, nobody here knows what I'm really like. You might have formed an opinion with the occasional fact and a picture of my face and said "that's what Blackbird is like" but that's not the reality of it because you don't see me arguing with my family, you don't see me when I'm angry, you don't see me wasting time playing tennis on xbox, nor do you see me picking my nose.
When you live with people, this is what you see.
"And so, because this Teaching is so different from what Westerners are accustomed to, they will try to adapt the Teaching to their own framework. What they need to learn to do is not to adapt the Teaching to their own point of view but to adapt their own point of view to the Teaching. This is called saddhá, or faith, and it means giving oneself to the Teaching even if the Teaching is contrary to one’s own preconceived notions of the way things are."- Ven BodhesakoNanavira Thera's teachings - An existential approach to the Dhamma
| Ven. Bodhesako's essay on anicca