zavk wrote:...viable alternatives to traditional models of community.
But equal? I don't think so.
"Traditional" models of community are vastly superior to the limited contact and association one can recieve over the internet.
... Ven. Ananda said to the Blessed One, "This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie."1
"Don't say that, Ananda. Don't say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When a monk has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold path."
- http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
The truth is, nobody here knows what I'm really like. You might have formed an opinion with the occasional fact and a picture of my face and said "that's what Blackbird is like" but that's not the reality of it because you don't see me arguing with my family, you don't see me when I'm angry, you don't see me wasting time playing tennis on xbox, nor do you see me picking my nose.
When you live with people, this is what you see.
"But, Udāyi, let be the past, let be the future, I shall set you forth the Teaching: When there is this this is, with arising of this this arises; when there is not this this is not, with cessation of this this ceases." - Majjhima ii,32
Nanavira Thera's teachings - An existential approach to the Dhamma:http://bit.ly/LDsGHg