christopher::: wrote:Otherwise what happens is someone starts a discussion on a book or modern Dhamma teacher and it kind of gets lost, and then later someone else might start a new discussion.
Further to Cooran's excellent suggestion, I would recommend in such instances taking the time to carefully and explicitly define the parameters of the discussion in the opening post. If the first posting is a bit woolly, it's far easier for things to go off-topic. If the first post is framed well, it's easier for moderators (either through reading the topic, or via reports made by members) to determine that something is off-topic. It's far easier to do this than for anyone to expect that members and moderators are able to read their mind.
"Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'." (Snp 3.6)
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)