What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

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What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby Jhana4 » Fri May 24, 2013 8:43 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby daverupa » Fri May 24, 2013 9:39 pm

Sound advice. One additional point might be "use this list to assess your own behavior, and not the behavior of others."

Perhaps this is a good place to leave , as well. It's helpful to recognize when one is no longer having an actual discussion - it happens in person as well as on the internet, and is quite common.

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Postby Spiny Norman » Sat May 25, 2013 9:36 am

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Re: What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby Jhana4 » Sat May 25, 2013 1:07 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby Lazy_eye » Sat May 25, 2013 4:38 pm

Nice blog (now bookmarked), good advice!

I fall into some of these traps on occasion: #2, #3, #4 #6, #12 and #16 all come to mind.

One that I find particularly grating is #9 and its variants -- i.e. someone posts a snarky, combative or dismissive comment and then adds a chirpy "Metta' or :anjali: under it, just to twist the knife another turn... Unfortunately I have probably done this too..

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Re: What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby Monkey Mind » Sat May 25, 2013 7:10 pm

#17 Blame online Buddhists for the poor quality of the discussion.

#18 Disconnect from the Internet and drive to the nearest Dhamma/ Dharma center for some lovely discussion over tea.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby Monkey Mind » Sat May 25, 2013 11:10 pm

I'm just observing it is a bit of a paradox. The author does not name the online forum or venue, but she is expressing concern that the internet discussion does not meet certain quality standards.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby Ben » Sun May 26, 2013 3:00 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Postby Spiny Norman » Sun May 26, 2013 9:49 am

"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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Postby Spiny Norman » Sun May 26, 2013 10:32 am

"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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Re: What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby Ben » Sun May 26, 2013 10:38 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby Monkey Mind » Sun May 26, 2013 1:36 pm

"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: What *NOT* to do as an Online Buddhist

Postby Spiny Norman » Sun May 26, 2013 1:48 pm

"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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