octathlon wrote:How about if there was a way for people who want to "ask a monk/ask a teacher" to submit their questions privately somewhere
Which leads me to wonder, given that we don't have a great deal of active monks here, if someone wanted to ask a monk or someone who they viewed as a "teacher", couldn't they just PM the person and ask the question?
I sense the bhikkhus here do not want to be forcibly put up on a pedestal, as this would undermine their Dhammic efforts towards humility and release of mana (conceit). I respect this. If we were to take what is being talked about and consider it analogously to a "meatspace" environment, it's akin a grand assembly, where venerables Appicchato, Pesala and co, are sat up on high, luxurious chairs as individuals come up and circumambulate them and pose questions to them in front of a captive audience, seeking definite Dhamma teaching and instruction. I don't think that's fair on them - who says they want to be distinguished as "teachers", who says their preceptors would even endorse such a thing? It seems awfully problematic to me and whilst it sounds like a nice idea on the surface, I think it's fraught with problems and inconvenience.
I'm just pleased we have here some ordained members who will lend their perspectives when they feel it is appropriate to do so - I think those offerings should be appreciated for what they are.