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The problem with the online medium is that the non-verbal aspects of the practice cannot be adequately expressed and assessed.rightviewftw wrote: ↑Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:16 pmI think the online medium is great but it would be very demanding. If there is a coaching site with an active forum with a handful of presumed Faith-Followers, Dhamma-followers and Stream-Enterers there would be a demand to create content like Dhamma-talks, articles, attending to Q/A and to moderate the discussions as well as dealing with administrative tasks. That will require more or less of a full-time dedication from some of them.
I just think that one would be hard pressed to find even one Dhamma-Follower who is willing to dedicate himself to such a project for the long term.
It would have been awesome of course but such people simply don't grow on trees. I also think that IRL it is easier to attend to the spiritual needs of a smaller community and retreat to seclusion and even that is not something that all people in training would want to get too involved with i guess.
IRL, there's all the bowing, proper sitting, giving alms, and so on, and these things are anything but trivial, nor are they such that they could be adequately expressed in typed words.
Actually physically bowing or kneeling before someone (as it is done IRL), for example, has a specific effect on the bower's/kneeler's mind that is impossible to replicate in an online environment.
Arguably, these non-verbal, physical/bodily aspects of the practice (esp. the practice of respect and veneration) are crucial for the proper understanding of the teachings.