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Where next, given the sun-setting of g+?

For those wanting to follow the progress on transforming the "Buddhism and Meditation", "Buddhism Q&A" and "Buddhist Art" g+ communities (cf. plus.google.com/+DenisWallez/posts/NJA4xM2E18Q), please subscribe to https://mailchi.mp/f77b1728b46b/migrating_googleplus_buddhism And, as I need time and resources to create this, please support my work, at http://koan.mu/donate.htm

On a personal level, the best I can offer for now is for people to register their email for the newsletter of Dharma.house at http://secret.dharma.house/newsletters/ Right now, Dharma.house is going through major changes, and the newsletter is in fact inactive… but it'll be used —in due time— to let people know where I am and what I offer (in relation to #Buddhism, #Dharma, #ethics …).

For some time, on social media, I answered questions only in "Buddhism Q&A" on FB (www.facebook.com/groups/528306864247551) but Suma Ro decided to delete it. And yes, I had serious ethical concerns w.r.t. using FB anyway, so no, there was no warranty I'd stay there in the long run… hence it was announced as "temporary", but visibly Suma was unable to handle that constructively.
You can 'follow' https://www.facebook.com/denis.wallez too, but be advised I'm not posting much there.
Re. social media, you might want to try "narrative" (via https://alpha.narrative.org/wait-list?r=4eQCkgjjWr), which should open in beta soon. There's potential, but it's early days so there's still a high risk of the execution missing said potential.

I remain reachable directly by email (via http://koan.mu or http://en.dharma.house) / google hangout / FB messenger.


#Buddhism #Dharma #SignalFlare
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Super important, final update: please read!
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A few months ago, right after Google announced the closure of google+, I triggered several polls regarding the future of this community. It seems obvious google+ is crumbling down "as we speak" (with features being phased out prior April 2nd, the official end date), so I might not be able to make future announcements on this platform, hence please continue reading!

A majority of members voted for the creation of our own platform, instead of letting the community scatter to the wind — https://plus.google.com/+DenisWallez/posts/Z5htcvs5hi8
a large majority of members voted against deleting the "Buddhism and Meditation" community before the end of g+ itself — https://plus.google.com/+DenisWallez/posts/6hVoDK331vx — which has the benefit of giving us significant time to create our own platform,
and, conditional to who the authors are, a majority of members would consider subscribing to a newsletter magazine — https://plus.google.com/+DenisWallez/posts/FDhqXjBLTWm — and some authors have also expressed interest in participating, some people could help on the technical side, etc.
This gave rise to a project, described at https://plus.google.com/+DenisWallez/posts/NJA4xM2E18Q and again approved by the community.

Dharma.direct ( https://dharma.direct/ ) is the direct result of my efforts since then.
It will combine magazine, newsletter and social media capabilities (with strong privacy and compliance to GDPR…) with an editorial strategy favouring original content from authors ready to actually engage with students online.
The development is nearly finished, and it is expected to launch in March 2019. Please bookmark this https://dharma.direct/ address! If you've not done so yet, please subscribe to the temporary mailing list https://mailchi.mp/f77b1728b46b/migrating_googleplus_buddhism to stay informed.
If you're interested in writing for the magazine (notably for issue #1), now is the time to contact me at denis@dharma.house and we'll discuss your proposal.

Alternatively, I've acquired the "Buddhism Q&A" niche on the new social network narrative, which is also about to launch in March.
You can claim your spot via https://alpha.narrative.org/wait-list?r=4eQCkgjjWr (once in, search for "Buddhism Q&A" and click on the relevant button to 'follow' the niche).

#Dharma #Buddhism
PS: if you wish to follow me personally, please register your email for the newsletter of Dharma.house at http://secret.dharma.house/newsletters/ Right now, Dharma.house is going through major changes, and the newsletter is in fact inactive… but it'll be used —in due time— to let people know where I am and what I offer (in relation to #Buddhism, #Dharma, #ethics …).
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My first (substantial) article on narrative is ready to go: it's about self-deception and whether Buddhism offers —or not— a solution to the philosophical paradox (of believing something you know isn't true).

This will roll out automatically when the 'beta' rolls out, hopefully in March. It will be posted on my personal journal and in the 'niches' "Buddhism", "Philosophy of Religion" and "Zen, Chán, Sŏn, Thiền".

Join narrative, with the invitation below!

Meanwhile, the website I'm working on, for a Buddhist sangha online (offering a mix of magazine, "Buddhism and Meditation"-like community, "Buddhism Q&A" community and an opportunity to wholesomely engage with accessible teachers… hopefully with a newsletter associated to the magazine) is getting ready at a reasonable speed. You can support my efforts at http://koan.mu/donate.htm

#Buddhism #Dharma
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Re. social media, you might want to try "narrative" (via https://alpha.narrative.org/wait-list?r=4eQCkgjjWr) when it opens. Book your slot now. Sounds like the old "Tsu", but without the unwholesome pyramid scheme…
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Happy 2019!

Thank you to all who supported my work here, and to those who read or engaged with the content. I hope you got some minimal value from it, and that it will help you in the future.

This is my last post on this platform, and my account (and therefore all associated content) will be deleted soon. Hopefully, this is only a goodbye though, and we'll stay in contact by other means / on other sites. If you had a burning question, now is the time to ask (in the comments below, or of any other post)!

This is the last opportunity to join one of the mailing lists to be kept up-to-date vis-à-vis the migration of g+ communities (an endeavour which will take a while) or vis-à-vis myself, via plus.google.com/+DenisWallez/posts/LQumxRoRs24

#Buddhism
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Morning read: The more we contemplate life, the more we realise just how mysterious it is. 'Karma: Innocent Action', by Diana St Ruth https://wp.me/pFy3u-4L0
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'Good' karma will be experienced as pleasant ... But that's not necessarily the same as "experienced as planned" !

In fact, you might plan or hope for specific pleasant outcomes, 'rewards' so to speak for your good deeds... but that's prejudice, and that's clinging... i.e. two unwholesome behaviours in and of themselves!

If phenomena unfolded as planned, this might be pleasant indeed... But karma isn't limited by that.

Your plans might be turned upside down (which tends to cause suffering, if you cling to expectations —which you don't "have to"!) for the 'good' karma to then be experienced as positive...

So... do good deeds, then allow for positive surprises... Don't plan a particular way to reap your good karma, or you're likely planting seeds of failed expectations and subsequent disappointments, annoyances, anxiety, anguish, stress, suffering...

#Buddhism #karma #Dharma
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Zhaozhou asked a newly arrived monastic "Have you been here before?"
The monastic said "Yes, I have been here."
Zhaozhou said "Have a cup of tea."

Later he asked another monastic "Have you been here before?"
The monastic said "No, I haven't been here."
Zhaozhou said "Have a cup of tea."

The monastery director then asked Zhaozhou "Aside from the one who has been here, why did you say 'Have a cup of tea' to the one who had not been here?"
Zhaozhou said "Director!"
The director responded "Yes?"
Zhaozhou said "Have a cup of tea."

— case 233 of the Shōbōgenzō Sanbyakusoku by Dōgen

See also http://plus.google.com/+DenisWallez/posts/CAeoij22aSb

#Buddhism #Dharma #Zen
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Support a better world!
please

Since November 2011, I've been committed on google+ to spreading Buddhist philosophy and knowledge, which I see as inclusive and wholesome worldviews. I've moderated several large online communities to ensure high signal/noise ratios and constructive dialogue. I've answered all sorts of questions, very often beyond mere philosophy into practical applications in daily life.
No ads, no paywall, no membership, no clickbait, but the creation of original well-researched content, a supportive presence to discuss difficulties and to explore solutions, as well as a curation of others' contributions – food for thought and for emancipation, many hours a week.

Your financial support allows me to continue to respond to all who are interested, regardless of their personal (and at times seriously difficult) circumstances.
If you have been inspired or nourished by a post or even by comments or answers (to you or to others), please consider making a generous donation today. I will use it wisely for the flourishing of the Dharma.
By construction, this will be the last call on google+… If my contributions on this platform were worth something to you, it's "now or never" to manifest so.
As some of you know, I've myself met harder economical circumstances this year (incl. in terms of my computer dying on me, of housing, of health, etc.), and based on my provisional budget I currently need an extra €1004 income by the end of 2018 not to loose some social security rights (i.e. donations are so far below the minimum wage, and so far below the poverty line, that the state would now consider I'm neither an author nor an independent teacher/counsellor on low yearly income, but just a hobbyist): I'm certainly working on it, but you can help!

Please support my work, at koan.mu/donate.htm


Given the coming cessation of google+, my current endeavours include finding and participating in another online platform for the spread of such a philosophical and ethical way of life.
In the meantime, I had decided to temporarily answer questions only in "Buddhism Q&A" on FB (www.facebook.com/groups/528306864247551) but Suma Ro later decided to delete the group. And yes, I had serious ethical concerns w.r.t. using FB anyway, so no, there was no warranty I'd stay there in the long run… hence it was announced as "temporarily", but visibly Suma was unable to handle that constructively.
You can 'follow' https://www.facebook.com/denis.wallez too, but be advised I'm not posting much there.
Re. social media, you might want to try "narrative" (via https://alpha.narrative.org/wait-list?r=4eQCkgjjWr), which should open in beta soon. There's potential, but it's early days so there's still a high risk of the execution missing said potential.

The platform I seek would support serious practice (incl. serious enquiry / questioning) and relationships with low-key, accessible teachers, from a variety of traditions; and it would avoid as much as possible the logic of marketing, discounts, adverts for establishments, charitable status more about tax avoidance than charity, and authors perpetually coming from the same clique of the few people with the right network to become the default option for magazines, TED talks, TV interviews…
As a possible list of desirable technical features for such a platform (cf. gplus.wallez.name/NJA4xM2E18Q) seems not to fit any site currently available — either because sites care little about threads turning into 'valid cognition', i.e. sites reduce 'social media' to superficial shouting matches… or because their business model requires the fandom, the cult following, the logical fallacy of authority… which allow to manipulate people into paying for a celebrity messenger, rather than a useful message — I might create a site myself, a mix of magazine with thought-provoking contributions by a wide range of authors and a community with technical features supporting Buddhist "right speech" and the arising of "right views"… but for this, I need time, and resources (even with a frugal lifestyle).
For those wanting to follow the progress on transforming the "Buddhism and Meditation", "Buddhism Q&A" and "Buddhist Art" g+ communities, please subscribe to https://mailchi.mp/f77b1728b46b/migrating_googleplus_buddhism … Please, also make a donation, to provide suitable resources to indeed transform things!
Please support my work at koan.mu/donate.htm


And please sign up for the newsletter of Dharma.house at http://secret.dharma.house/newsletters/ Right now, Dharma.house is going through major changes, and the newsletter is in fact inactive… but it'll be used —in due time— to let people know where I am and what I offer (in relation to #Buddhism, #Dharma, #ethics …).


#Buddhism
Illustration: what's described as a "Monk's Begging Bowl (8" bowl with Stand and Lid)" for a mere $145 (!!! at https://the-elephant-story.com/collections/buddhist-monk-s-begging-bowls/products/monks-begging-bowl-8-bowl-with-stand-and-lid), which I would not acquire ;-)
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