Greetings Pilgrim & Aloka,
Aloka wrote:I think there are enough sections/forums here already, to be quite honest, without having more additions.
I tend to think you're correct. There's nothing proposed here that couldn't be discussed in the "Theravada for the Modern World" forum, for example. We tend to create new forums online when there's a certain line of discussion that is hard to conduct unless it is bounded by some appropriate parameters.
pilgrim wrote:It is unfortunate that many modern day Buddhists have wisdom but little compassion or motivation to bring the Dhamma to others. A Hinayana mentality perhaps?
It depends on how you look at it. Being something of a 'futurist', I see the Internet to be a valuable opportunity "to bring the Dhamma to others". Not only sites like Access To Insight which act as warehouses for Dhamma teachings (ancient and modern), but also sites like Dhamma Wheel which allow people to discuss that very Dhamma, ask questions, find answers, find kalyana-mittas where none are to be found in 'meatspace', and experience sympathetic joy when those we come to know online find that the Dhamma has enriched their life. Perhaps the "mentality" we bring to online discussions on the Dhamma can determine whether it is the online equivalent of "organisational work, teaching, sunday school syllabus, charitable work, outreach, sharing of resources, artwork, etc." or whether it is "Hinayana mentality". Sure, the Buddha never spoke of the Internet, but he never spoke of sunday schooling, funding dhamma books and the like either. We apply the Dhamma in our circumstances, whatever they may be.
As you suggest, I think it's about the mentality (i.e. the intention, the volition), so don't get too hung up on the external form such volition takes and whether it accords to the traditional forms with which you may be accustomed.
If you want to see some artwork, loosely defined, here's a link to a picture I took yesterday of a blossom tree which blossoms only for a short time each year. During Summer it is covered in leaves (you can see the start of their growth in this picture), and in Winter it is barren... somewhere inbetween the two, after the barreness of Winter, the tree comes to life in a beautiful, yet poignantly impermanent display of flowers, enjoyed by me and the bees who buzz around it. Not clinging to the beauty, and the general improvement in the weather is something I need to learn to enjoy without clinging. If my enjoyment is rooted in craving, it makes the inevitable Winter all that much more difficult.
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If you wish to pursue any of the points above generally, and not in the context of forum structure, it might be worthwhile doing so in a new topic.
Have a nice day, you two.