Personal Experiences of Discrimination

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untxi
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Re: Personal Experiences of Discrimination

Post by untxi » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:39 pm

The logical conclusion of that is that there are then congregations of Buddhists that are sangha and some that are not. There are then groups of Buddhists that have the reciprocal relationships outlined by the pratimoksha, and the corrsponding ethcial commitments-- and some not.
Simon E. wrote:I simply don't accept that this or any other forum represents Sangha.

Which carries no implication that it gives me license to behave in a way incompatible with Sangha if it were one...and I sometimes do act in such a way. I am working on that.
But a Sangha ?...no.

Simon E.
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Re: Personal Experiences of Discrimination

Post by Simon E. » Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:12 pm

But an online forum of largely anonymous monads typing their subjectivity onto a keyboard and sending their musings off into cyberspace does not by any reasonable definition amount to a 'congregation' at all.
Most of the elements that make up human communication are missing.
Body language, vocal tones, eye contact, empathy or its absence, personality,touch, even smell...
We are not vaporous spirits in some platonic universe...
Its a poor substitute at best for Sangha.
“You don’t know it. You just know about it. That is not the same thing.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to me.

untxi
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Re: Personal Experiences of Discrimination

Post by untxi » Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:40 pm

All good points. And valid.

I consider it a sangha, and frame my experience as if it were a sangha.

As such someone has acted inappropriately and/or I myself have committed some ethical impropriety.

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