Ordained & the social networking services

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Re: Ordained & the social networking services

Postby gavesako » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:01 pm

As with other similar modern situations, one has to refer to the Four Great Standards in the Vinaya to find out whether something fits in with what is allowed or with something which is not allowed by the Buddha. Yes, monks can take and make use of some basic necessities which have no individual owner, such as drinking water or firewood or cloth which has been discarded/left over at a shop. In the same way, we could say that the internet services nowadays are offered freely to anyone who signs up, but there is a catch: most of them will be financed by displaying ads, in the hope of attracting potential customers. However, there is no actual contract between the company and the user promising to buy things from them. So a monk is no different from a layperson in such a situation. More fundamentally, though, the internet was initially created mainly for the purpose of disseminating knowledge and academic discussion, which is something that monks can also contribute to.
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Re: Ordained & the social networking services

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:53 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Ordained & the social networking services

Postby mirco » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:42 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: Ordained & the social networking services

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:57 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Ordained & the social networking services

Postby cooran » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:57 pm

Thank you to the individual lay people and the organisations which provide computers and pay electricity and Internet bills to enable the great Teachings and advice we get from Ordained Sangha members online. Thank you to our wonderful Venerables! I wouldn't be a Buddhist without them. Sadhu!

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Postby Cittasanto » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:00 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Ordained & the social networking services

Postby mirco » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:33 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: Ordained & the social networking services

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:55 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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