a_human_being wrote:What do you guys think about the idea of putting dhamma material in analog and/or digital media, put this in airtight, weatherproof, waterproof, maybe even fireproof, containers and hide these at various places (dig down deep in the earth, hide in caves etc) with the intention that maybe sometime in the future, when most dhamma might have been lost due to nuclear war or whatever, it could be found and benefit people?
James the Giant wrote:The Ajahn mentioned to me that the scriptures were in there on several USB sticks, sealed in polycarbonate boxes (PC is really long-lived) and he was quite proud of that. I groaned! and debated whether to tell him that they would be blank within 20 years due to the slow loss of charge.
I did tell him in the end, and he was a little startled and rueful.
David N. Snyder wrote:Sounds like a great idea! We know that the Dhamma will eventually decline and die away and then in distant future time Metteyya will reinstate the Dhamma. It would be nice for those future generations to have some "archeological" evidence of the Dhamma era of Gotama-Buddha.
The one thing that would remain for 100,000 years even perhaps a million years or more according to the documentary, are the sculptures and works of art that are carved in marble and granite, for example some Buddha statues, art work, Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota (carved in granite). Therefore, the Tipitaka at Kuthodaw Pagoda should survive. It is carved on 729 slabs of marble in Burma. Maybe it would be good to do more of that in additional languages and in different regions of the world.
Ben wrote:Having been a custodian of a number of time capsules - you need to consider things like the longevity of paper, the redundancy of computer technology and the internal environmental conditions of the time capsule itself. Time capsules are often great ideas that are poorly executed.
If you are really serious about the idea, you should check out the underground facility the LDS Church have in Utah where they are storing the geneological records of humanity. Its impressive.
My own attitude as both an archivist and practitioner of the Dhamma is that the best thing you can do to assist in the propagation of the sasana is to live a life of Dhamma.
waimengwan wrote:I had a thought about that some time back yes we should preserve the teachings by supporting the monks, lineage holders and so forth and by practicing of course. The literature we should try to preserve to the best of our abilities, but there will come a time where even if the texts were available the people then will not be able to get to the heart of it and no one can explain by that time. Does anyone have any idea what is the time gap between the end of Shakyamuni's teachings and Maitreya coming to turn the wheel of dharma?
Long long time
Human life decrease from 100 years to 10 years then increase to several ten-thousands years by generations. Millions years or greater compare to 2012 years of common era.
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