Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Post by DNS » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:09 pm

:cry:

Yes, it is a sad time indeed that retro has stepped down as admin to take care of some things in his life. For the record it was his decision alone and he will be greatly missed.

He did excellent work here from inception with the set-up, moderating, and administrative duties.

And of course, I welcome Ben to fill that role and know he will continue to do well.

Dhamma Wheel would not be what it is today (the most popular, most visited Buddhist forum on the internet) were it not for Paul. He is not only a co-founder, but kept it together when times got tough and had a level-headed, compassionate, liberal moderating style. I cannot say enough good things about him and whatever I say is an understatement.

He is the one who encouraged me to assist him with the starting of a Buddhist forum, primarily geared to Theravada. And then when this forum went well, it was his encouragement again to start a Mahayana forum (Dharma Wheel), appropriately with the same type of name and design, but with the different spelling for the language of the tradition.

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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Post by manas » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:04 pm

I also wish to thank retro for all of his contribution here as site admin, his personal assistance from time to time, and also just his generally easygoing personality (not a bad thing also 8-) ), and retro: I wish you continued increase in virtue, concentration and insight!

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Post by Aloka » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:46 pm

Lots of good wishes for your health and happiness in the future Retro, I will miss your friendship and kindness here .


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Post by appicchato » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:10 pm

...cannot say enough good things about him and whatever I say is an understatement.
All the very best to you Paul...

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Post by Dmytro » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:02 am

Good luck to you, Retro! :anjali:

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Post by Monkey Mind » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:15 am

I skim through a lot of material on Buddhist forums, but I always stop to read a post from Retro. Thank you for some great information and role modelling.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

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Post by Euclid » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:23 am

Thanks for all of your hard work Retro!

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Post by Viscid » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:02 pm

Retro was pretty awesome. I hope whatever he's doing goes well.
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Post by retrofuturist » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:52 am

Greetings everyone,

Thanks for the kind words... I expect I'll still be around, it just won't be in a formal leadership capacity.

I'm actually quite looking forward to enjoying the forum as a member, without any obligations other than to adhere to the terms of service.

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Post by mindfullmom » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:42 am

I don't post often but I do read here often. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to learn from everyone here and Retro has been been one of my favorites. Thank you for your thoughts and your style of expressing them! :bow:

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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Post by daverupa » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:19 pm

I think the blue suits you. You're like a differently-colored lightsabre now. (The red guy lost his apprentice, it would seem...)
  • "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Post by Ben » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:23 pm

daverupa wrote:The red guy lost his apprentice, it would seem...
WHAT??
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Post by daverupa » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:24 pm

Ben wrote:
daverupa wrote:The red guy lost his apprentice, it would seem...
WHAT??
...and gained a new one...

:jedi:
  • "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Post by tiltbillings » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:27 pm

daverupa wrote:
Ben wrote:
daverupa wrote:The red guy lost his apprentice, it would seem...
WHAT??
...and gained a new one...

:jedi:
I think there is a bit of humor here, but damdifino what it is.
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Post by daverupa » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:32 pm

Sorry to clutter the thread, in any case.

:heart:
  • "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

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