Thanks Ben. I also realize that there are few bhikkhus who make themselves accessible for answering questions and contributing their insights to our discussions. That seems like a lot to take on from my POV and I really appreciate their doing us all this great service. I think the kind of service that could be provided for them in return may attract more bhikkhus to participate even if it is not as directly with the lay followers as some are more comfortable with doing. Perhaps they would have uses we can't imagine and so not recognize. Only one way to find out since they aren't, as I understand it, allowed to ask for a provision of 'shelter' of some kind. I may be wrong about that but Dhamma Wheel could be like the lay stewards who see to various monastery tasks. Thought it might be worth discussing in any case. Glad you like it.Ben wrote:Hi Nathan
This is potentially an excellent idea. I would like to read some feedback from our contributing bhikkhus. Also keep in mind that our community of contributing bhikkhu sangha members is quite small.
nathan wrote:How about supporting another kind of sub-forum. How about a forum specifically for the use of the ordained Sangha.
Ben wrote: Also keep in mind that our community of contributing bhikkhu sangha members is quite small.
nathan wrote:I'm also curious what Retro and the other mods think about this thought balloon. The admins and mods have a good long term overview of forum growth or evolution and developments in patterns of use. Maybe they would have some general observations that apply here.
Jechbi wrote:It's always cool when Ven. Huifeng and Ven. Dhammanando are engaged in the same thread over at E-Sangha and "talk" to one another. Very respectful, friendly, light-hearted and full of insight. A lesson for us all. I'd love it if Ven. Huifeng would join us here. Has anyone extended an invitation?
Definitely not Freemasons or mason-like in the least! However there are sensitive subjects when they become pressing personal issues. The experience of stream entry or any of the other paths and fruitions are frequently problematic to openly discuss in even theoretical terms. As a personal question of validating the progression of insight at various points an open discussion under the current conditions of strongly held and variably polarized views can frequently make real and beneficial communication impossible. This is one example that comes to mind. I hope to be able find out I am wrong about perceptions of the prevailing taboos and that amongst bhikkhus there is a healthy and open dialog regarding the path of practice and individual experiences. As far as having such discussions or one on one communications directly open to lay scrutiny I think that is probably not a for the best but that amongst the Sangha it would be a healthy development for everyone concerned. This impression that there is only limited communication is based largely on second hand accounts of various kinds so I am going to do all I can to find out about the actualities first hand before I would be willing to suppose that there is any widespread alienation playing a negative role within the Sangha to be the least bit concerned about. One possible example.appicchato wrote:From a personal perspective, I've not found a single thing that I would want to say to another monastic, on any topic, that couldn't be seen or heard by anyone, lay or ordained...so, if someone could kindly give me an example of a use for a 'bhikkhus only' subforum, that would be nice...
Freemasons we're not...
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