Because you’re an ardent fan of the DharmaRealm podcast, breathlessly waiting on the edge of your proverbial seat for any information, you’ve probably noticed that there hasn’t been a new episode in some time. Oh? You haven’t? Well, keep reading for more info…
I know. I never write. I never call. It’s like I don’t even exist anymore. A longer, more personal post is in the works. But for now, a couple of quick things:
In case you’ve been living on Mars, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears, here’s some stuff that might get your blood boiling.
Some folks believe that the Internet is somehow different from the “real world.” Some folks believe that, because of the anonymity of the Internet, people will invariably behave worse online than off, that they will say and do things that in the “real world” they would never consider saying or doing, morals and ethics be damned.
I believe that’s a crock of shit. Sometimes (a lot of times) people behave badly. Period. Where and when that happens is most likely a factor of specific circumstances. And to the extent that I’ve seen people behave spectacularly poorly in a wide array of circumstances, both online and off, I cannot sustain the belief that people behave quantitatively or qualitatively worse on the Internet than they do in real life.
“Whenever I am asked to give a Dharma talk, I have to struggle to work out a Dharma message. I often feel I have nothing to offer. In a sense, that is natural because the Dharma is about naturalness, nothingness and emptiness, which means the Dharma refers to things as they are. You cannot talk about the air while in the air, and you cannot talk about water while in water.”
Today’s bit of Dharma comes from my good friend Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge. This is a talk he gave last fall at the San Francisco Zen Center. Not only is it a good overview of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, he spends a good bit of time answering questions from those in attendance.
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