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And no, this isn't a 'rap-knuckles' thread...
We're Buddhists, right? I mean, let's for argument's sake, forget all this natter regarding labels and our resistance to them ('what is a Buddhist anyway?', 'I don't know if I am' 'I don't call myself Buddhist'... that kind of malarkey...) and just accept for the moment that we are Buddhist members on a Buddhist forum.
Well, I've been observing threads, comings and goings for over a decade here now (Really?! NO!! Yes, really!) and there is one undeniable little fact I've gleaned.
We come on to forum to read, comment on or create the threads, all the while discussing our practice, Mindfulness, meditation, the 5 precepts, "Three earth Touchings" 5 remembrances, 8 Worldly concerns, the Eightfold Path, Taking Refuge, yadah yadah yadah.... and we exchange information of what we 'know', what we understand, how we know and understand it, where we get our information from, which teacher resonates, which doesn't, what it means to us, how these teachings impact our Minds... but I confess, I remain a little puzzled.
Now I don't have a camera, a peep-hole or even any kind of insight into anyone's lives, apart from the information members choose to share here. So I accept I may well be talking out of my antrum profundis. But it seems to me there's a whole dual pile of stuff going on.
In a nutshell, we all sit on our little forum lotus cushions hovering 3" off the ground, in theory. (I'm kidding, but you get the picture....)
In practice - ? Honestly, really truly hand on heart: What percentage of our day do we MINDFULLY implement Buddhist teachings, ethics, morals or even just practice?
Because from what I can tell of several current threads circulating, we're letting an awful lot of quotidian shit get to us right now, both in a personal and social sense.
We say a lot... we contribute, sincerely, honestly from the Mind and Heart and I am convinced we mean what we say.
But how's the 'walkin' the talk' going for you?
When the rotating pneumatic tyre hits the tarmacadam highway - How much of everything we've absorbed, understood an known, do we put 'out there'?
Many people have said that they don't wish to advertise their Buddhism or say what practice they follow, for social reasons. Others have asked how to impart Buddhism to others, what Buddhist advice to give, how to raise Buddhist children, and the answers have pretty much, generally speaking, been along the lines of, don't tell - show. Actions speak louder than Words.
Well, if we're cagey about our Buddhism, and feel we should demonstrate rather than remonstrate - what do we do to make every person we interact with recognise that we practice what we (inwardly and on-forum) "preach"...?
How do we SHOW who we are, what we stand for and how we live inwardly?
Because looking at some of the Political threads currently circulating, and we look at others which discuss intensely personal aspects of private lives - where, in these threads, are we openly demonstrating our Buddhist ethics, morals and understanding of the Path?
Do we live split lives then? To what extent? And does this give food for thought and impetus to change? Is Change needed?
Over to you, Forum-dwellers!