- We’ve tried to build this site to reflect the kinds of activities that go on already at our Buddhist Centres around the world, and to help you extend your practice in them using the internet in a mindful way. It can really help to stay in touch between meetings and classes, to follow up on discussions and study, and just connect with others who share your interest in the Dharma. And we hope that if you can’t attend a Buddhist Centre then the site will help you participate in communal practice with others and feel connected to a supportive community.
Here’s what you can take part in at the moment on the site, and a preview of what we’re working on:
1. Projects are public spaces that belong to any Triratna Buddhist Centre or institution. They are usually run by a local team and are always visible so anyone can view their posts (talks, events, pictures, etc.). They have an ‘about’ page with key information and highlights, and a set of links to the different kind of posts. Try starting with ‘latest’! And if you join the site, you can also ‘+ follow’ any project that inspires you. Then we’ll notify you in your my sangha section (and by email if you like) whenever a new post is made there. You can also respond with comments to any post (if the author allows it).
- 2. Groups are set up by Projects as more participatory, specifically focused contexts (eg. for a particular class or study group) and are usually visible under the ‘groups’ sub-menu on any Project page. We’ve made most Groups private by default, which means you need to click ‘+ join’ in the green bar on the big header picture in order to take part and see any content that hasn’t been set as an ‘introduction’ (to tempt you in!).
Once your application has been approved by the Group’s owner or team, you’ll be able to take a full part in it. Not only can you ‘respond’ with comments to any post, you can also make your own! Give it a try, click + post something…
The green posting bar on the big header picture has all your posting options. You can add pictures (+ pictures), videos from YouTube & Vimeo (+ video), talks from Free Buddhist Audio (+ talk), or just a normal words & pictures post (+ blog). You can also embed players from Soundcloud and Audioboo, and even upload files and documents that are relevant if you like (all under + resources). And, of course, whenever anyone else posts to the space we’ll let you know.
3. Some Groups are set up as Courses and are more tailored to studying something quite detailed and specific.
So what’s next?Right now we’re working on three main new ways for us all to connect with our practice and each other in this space:
1. We’ll be introducing personal ‘Practice Journals’, which any member of the site can create. A bit like a personal ‘Project’ in which you can share your own Dharma inspiration and experience of practice, as well as your favourite posts from around the site. And you’ll be able to connect with others (a bit like ‘friending’ someone!) on that basis so you see each other’s posts in your ‘my sangha’ feed.
2. You’ll also be able to start your own ‘Groups’ with friends based on your particular Dharma interests. You can either run these yourself or ask to affiliate them with any Triratna Centre/institution and manage them with their team.
3. We’ll be featuring ‘Practice Blogs’ with great curated content from around the Triratna Community. Some will be individuals blogging on a theme, some will be communal blogs on broads areas such as the Arts, meditation, etc.
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