Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby chicka-Dee » Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:25 pm

This is really great!! I will stop by when it is up and running, for sure :thumbsup:

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby davcuts » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:13 pm

This is great news. At the same time it's a bit sad. Why are people breaking away from e-Sangha? I find it odd I could have asked the questions I've been asking here all along at e-Sangha. I didn't because I didn't feel comfortable doing so. I'm conflicted about why that is.

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby ShinMeiDokuJoh » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:13 pm

Dear Christopher, dear all,

this is really good news. I am looking forward for the new Zen Forum :clap:
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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby Dharmajim » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:28 pm

This is really great news. The Zen tradition has long needed a place for interaction on the web that respects its own view and history.

I also want to give a nod to the people here at Dhamma Wheel for helping to assist in this endeavor; that's a wonderful example of constructive interaction of traditions.

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby kc2dpt » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:35 pm

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby Tex » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:49 pm

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby christopher::: » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:44 am

Last edited by christopher::: on Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:24 am, edited 1 time in total.
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:02 am

e-sangha's "problem" is that they've done a damn good job of keeping out the weirdos, but in doing so it set up rules that are easily broken by groups who though mainstream have ideas that conflict with other (maybe most other?) buddhist groups represented on e-sangha. i'm always supried what gets shut down and what doesnt over there...
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby christopher::: » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:19 am

Just as this issue is coming up here, one of the difficulties we are going to have to work with at our new forum is that there will be ZFI members who have strong negative feelings about E-sangha. There will be moderators as well.

We are going to start with similar terms of service as Dhamma Wheel, but this topic will come up. How to allow conversation and discussion and criticism without stepping over boundaries into wrong speech, animosity and attachment to views?

I don't have an answer to that. We'll have to figure this out as we go along. For myself, personally, I am doing all I can to cultivate positive thoughts and feelings about E-sangha, the place where I met most of my closest online friends.

Sometimes people just need to vent. But if you take the time to reflect on "negative" life experiences there is usually a bit of dharma understanding that can be taken away from every situation. If something happened in your life, there is often a reason, imo.

Something to be learned there.

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Considering the harm others do to you
As created by your former deeds, do not anger.
Act such that further suffering will not be created
And your own faults will disappear.


-Nagarjuna, "Precious Garland"
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:25 am

This discussion of E-Sangha was been, so far, thoughtfully stated. It is a delicate area to tread given that, as Christopher states, there are strong negative feelings towards E-Sangha out there. We do have here on DW terms of service of not trashing other forums, and I would ask that any further discussion keeps that in mind.

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby Will » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:29 am

One reason I post so little at Esangha is just that it is too big and too many posts fly by before one can even read, much less digest, what is being written.
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:35 pm

Any idea when the site will be up and running? Hopefully soon!

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby Livindesert » Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:55 pm

From what I heard on other forums western Zen is more influenced by Theravada than Mahayana.

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:58 pm

Soto Zen :twothumbsup:

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby Aloka » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:11 pm

Lots and lots of good wishes for the new Zen group and if anyone who's a serious practitioner with any of the main traditions feels like popping in to my group occasionally to help out with newcomers, you'll be very welcome.

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby christopher::: » Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:25 pm

Hi friends. Sorry for the delay. We have a board but are still working out many kinks. I gave the url on page 1 but just deleted it cause we'd rather not have people register yet. The mod/admin team is still trying to figure out how to fly one of these babies, lol. Your patience is appreciated. Please enjoy the snacks and free beverages in the Dhamma Wheel viewing area here until um... until our captain and crew is sure we won't be slamming into any low flying mountains...

cough cough...

thank you!

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009


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