Sila in the Forum

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Sila in the Forum

Postby SamKR » Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:02 am

How much do we (Buddhist members of the forum) observe the five precepts while discussing in the forums? How much are we aware of right speech while having discussions?
How much kindness, humility, and other good things are seen in our posts? How much do we boost our "ego" by our posts? (Personally, I have more problems with the last one which I realize later.)
I think this is very important thing to ponder.
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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby Hoo » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:11 pm

Hi SamKR,

JMHO, but I agree. However, I think that's a trip each person will make (or not) for themselves. I, personally, believe that we create kamma and show the world what Buddhists are like every time we touch our keyboards. I have lots of pre-Buddhist experience being a combative jerk. So maybe it's no surprise that I resonate with teachings like The Sallekha Sutta: The Discourse on Effacement, or the Brahma Vihara.

Lest I be perceived as claiming to be some kind of model of excellence, I'm not good at what we are suggesting. They call it "practice" because of people like me who need lots of it :embarassed:

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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby Vepacitta » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:47 pm

People tend to jump down each other's throats on the I-net. I remember why I gave up the I-Net years ago.

You can't say anything without being jumped upon and misnterpreted - even when you try and explain.

One just ends up getting defensive - it just seems to increase clinging.

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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby KonstantKarma » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:50 pm

The Internet is the ultimate realm in which to test dhamma.

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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby PeterB » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:13 pm

Oh no it isnt... :lol:

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Re: Sila in the Forum

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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby Vepacitta » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:46 pm

Some job Konstant ... !

I-Net sometimes gives people I-Balls :jedi: that they normally might not have. :)

Usually, it's just that people look for a fight on the I-Net - no matter what is said. Can't give on anything - can't apologise.

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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby PeterB » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:46 pm

:anjali:

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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:20 pm

I always get a kick out of people who use the internet to complain about how bad the internet is. :tongue:

But I'm not saying anyone is doing that here, just making a general statement.

I think the internet is like anything and can be used in a good and wholesome way or a bad and unwholesome way. Just as a car can be used for useful transportation or also used as a weapon or carelessly (drunk driving, etc.).

I think it is best for education, a resource, and kalyana mitta.
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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby poto » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:41 pm

Trying to maintain sila is probably the hardest part of the path for me. I have a tendency to be sarcastic and argumentative at times. I have been making an effort to greatly reduce my forum postings and spend more time sitting. Seems like a lot of the time I end up offending people without intending to do so, some of which is my inability to communicate my views properly. Not sure what else I can do, other than try harder to keep my trap shut most of the time.



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Re: Sila in the Forum

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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby AdvaitaJ » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:02 am

Greetings!

I think one of the great things about this forum (aside from how much you can learn here) is that it challenges us to "walk the walk." Here in the west, most people have no idea of the precepts, right speech, etc. But here online, most of us know "the rules".

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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:42 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Sila in the Forum

Postby BlackBird » Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:53 am

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -


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