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I only hope for a peaceful and painless passing for him. He has been a tremendous influence in my life.
Sorry about the unexpected downtime and the scary "domain parking" page. Silly me forgot to pay the registration bill (you have to renew domain names every couple of years). Luckily good ol' @Federica messaged me, the ever-absentee admin, and said... "uh.... chief.... you done goofed".
Back to business as usual
Just to clarify: This site is not about any "New Buddhism"There are two main parts to the site: The articles, and the discussions. Articles are written by contributors, but discussions can be created by anyone. If you comment on articles, they also show up in discussions (a new discussion is created anytime an article is published).
I started this site for people, specifically Westerners, who have zero experience with Buddhism. I'm talking utter ignorance like my dear, sweet, departed grandmother who thought Buddhists were orange-robed Christians—her worldview literally couldn't comprehend a non-Christian existence.
Many of us are raised in cultures that completely ignore Buddhism; at most it's a footnote in the local bookstore, a "religion for Asians", or a special on evening television. In Western pop culture, it's a religion for weirdo celebrities, and most middle Americans would be hard pressed to tell you the difference between Buddhism, Hare Krishna, Hinduism, and Kung Fu movies.
This site was founded on the idea that Westerners who come from these types of backgrounds need a safe place where there are no stupid questions. Do Buddhists celebrate Christmas? Was Buddha a real person? Is the fat Buddha in Chinese restaurants a god that Chinese people worship? How can I be happy?
Anything else that this site has become is a direct result of the people who choose this as their online home. We have monks, laypeople, born again Christians, Muslims, Jews, and people from every internet-connected nation on Earth visiting here. It's going to be wild and diverse and crazy; that's what we love about it.
There is no "Primary focus" or "Primary school of Buddhist thought" for this community. Rather, it is a place where @Lincoln, @Jason, @Federica, and the other moderators will keep things nice so that everyone can talk about Buddhism at any level, freely, and without fear of being ripped a new asshole for saying something someone else disagrees with or thinks is stupid. Nothing more, nothing less.