We have a special rule in ourTreeleaf Sangha: Although any topic is always free for civil discussion, and we pull no punches in what we need to say, we are to speak kindly and respectfully to each other. [Click through for more, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.]
Taigu and I do not tolerate fighting among members, and we frown upon even the use of harsh speech and four-letter words. It's not because we're prudes (we know the words, believe me) but because (as in any school) frequent use can often create a hostile, intimidating, aggressive environment, one that's not conducive to steady practice and learning. I have had to bar a couple of people from participating in our Sangha over these past years, in both cases for repeatedly fighting or taking aggressive stances with other members and the teachers.
For these reasons, a fellow (who, although not a member of our Sangha or even very familiar with it) wrote something to the effect that we are a bunch of "faux happy namby-pamby's," that I am a fake "pretending I never get angry" and the like. The man obviously does not know our sangha, or me and Taigu.
Update: Jundo's thinking, thanks to your comments and some further reflection, has changed somewhat. See his latest comments below.
Today's Sit-A-Long video follows.Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.
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This page contains a single entry by Jundo published on July 23, 2010 3:01 PM.