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This question occurred to me as I passed through yet another cycle of love/hate with online Dharma, there have been too many to count, and it is a good opportunity to watch the mind.
There are a mix of reasons. For me as a self employed artist there is a lot of time in the studio that involves pacing, cleaning brushes, looking at the canvas, followed by short bursts of intense activity. There is alot of time to reflect. My Sangha support on the Theravadin side is practical, emotional, and social. on the Zen side it is structure and discipline with little talk. If the Zen people saw the stuff I go on about online, it would be embarrassing frankly.
So why post... it comes down to a few things.
- Having genuine experience and wanting to share.
- Feeling a certain responsibility for new people.
- The pure egocentric need to correct what I perceive as an error in someone else's understanding.
- A sense of connection with a geographically broad community.
- A sentimental attachment to familiar voices.
- Avoiding practice.
would anyone mind sharing why you post, the circumstances around posting?