James the Giant wrote:Uh, Jaidyn, perhaps if anyone here had seen any bullying in the sangha, they would have contributed to this topic.
Until anyone contributes even the tiniest example of bullying, it's all hypothetical and kinda pointless.
Not at all! I find it very interesting and pointfull
. Hypothetical discussions would be very welcome. Theoretical processing too. Examples and reflections too. Allow yourself the widest speculation bordering to the ridiculous and back again!
I think people contribute a lot about things they have NOT seen, nibbana for example, but nonetheless they have much to say. Joking aside. People need not to discuss a particular case, they may as well discuss general tendencies they have perceived and how these can aid the wrong things. But it is all up to you.
James the Giant wrote:Have you ever been to a physical monastery and asked the monks about this? How do you know bullying is a problem? Since you seem to have clear opinions on the subject, it sounds like you have some examples. Personally I have no doubt there may be bullying among ill-disciplined members of the sangha, but I've never seen a trace of it. I'd be interested in hearing of your experiences.
I would love to have a honest inquiry made by monks. Just saying it does not happen hold no substance at all. I would rather get peoples perspective on why it does NOT happen. It happens in all organizations (a very large number at least), and therefore I assume it does happen in the Buddhist organization.
So I wanted to understand more of why it happens, or why it does not happen.
I would recommend reading the article at Wikipedia on the subject just to get in to it.
But no, I have no experiences. Is it important to have experiences to ask the question (because I get that feeling)? I am very curious and have questions. If there is "bullying among ill-disciplined members of the sangha", why does it happen, and how is it resolved, and how is it prevented, I may wonder.