Should we have a essays forum?

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Should we have a essays forum?

Post by SarathW » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:54 pm

I just wonder whether it is a good idea to have a essays forum such as Sutta Central.
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Re: Should we have a essays forum?

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:10 am

Greetings Sarath,

What does an "essays forum" do?

What discussion could be had in an "essay forum" that couldn't be done under the current structure?

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Re: Should we have a essays forum?

Post by SarathW » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:22 am

I thought Dhamma wheel is a question and answers forum.
If I write some thing with my own opinion I cant put that to the forum because it is not a question.'
I wrote an article (five A4 papers) about five years ago about Anatta.
Now I feel I need to publish it.
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Re: Should we have a essays forum?

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:24 am

Greetings,
SarathW wrote:I thought Dhamma wheel is a question and answers forum.
No, it's a discussion forum. Only the Discovering Theravada section could be described as a "question and answers forum".
SarathW wrote:If I write some thing with my own opinion I cant put that to the forum because it is not a question.
Wouldn't that constitute...

Modern Interpretations
Exploring modern Theravāda interpretations of the Buddha's teaching.

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SarathW wrote:I wrote an article (five A4 papers) about five years ago about Anatta.
Now I feel I need to publish it.
Sure, either "General Theravada" or "Modern Interpretations" would seem appropriate, depending on the content. I'll leave it to you where you put it, and we'll move it for you if we think it's actually better suited elsewhere.

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Paul. :)
"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)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Should we have a essays forum?

Post by SarathW » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:32 am

Thanks Retro.
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Re: Should we have a essays forum?

Post by binocular » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:44 pm

I think it would be an interesting -- and probably also an important challenge -- to practice producing longer texts, something like Dhamma talks even; and then also a challenge to read those texts.

An idea would be to focus on a topic, especially a particular practical problem, and then present a solution, in the form of an essay.

I think this would be a good practice leading one to really clarify what one thinks on a matter, and to practice expressing oneself clearly.

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