Dear Forum Friends,
Relinquishment is part of the Path, and the time has come for me to relinquish the moderator badge. moderation-viveka
It has been an honour and privilege to work with my fellow Mods over the years @Aminah, Nadine, Gillian, Erik and Timothy, and together with Bhante @sujato , on this wonderful project and Dhamma resource.
I keep on saying that Moderation is a rich field for practice, it brings so many things into focus. One thing is for sure, that if you are looking for a calm, deep and still forest pool - moderation isn’t it. The forum is a ‘place’ where the conditions are such that there is constant turbulence. It is a perfect environment for observing D.O. due to conditions. Some moderation decisions may seem arbitrary, and indeed some are, but they are all driven by the SC Forum team’s desire to have a place to learn about and discuss the Words of the Buddha, where ALL PEOPLE are welcome… It is this aim, and this intention, that directs choices, in order to incline posting behaviour toward tolerance and kindness - in spite of the prevailing conditions on the internet.
It requires greater discipline and restraint in order to follow the Buddhas guidelines regarding Right Speech, both for the Mods to continually encourage this, and for members to abide by this. It is my sincere hope that, on balance, this has been evident and that there has been an overall positive effect and benefit to the community.
Apologies if this appears to be quite serious, but if there is one single message that I would like to impart upon leaving the Mod role, it is that over the 2.5 years I have spent here, I have come to see that kindness to the ‘community’ trumps individual views and freedom of expression every time…
Kindfulness, one on one, and towards the whole
Thankyou for having given me this opportunity to serve the community, and if I have said or done anything to hurt anyone, I am sincerely sorry for it, and ask for your forgiveness.
Hehehe – how light it now feels!
May you all be liberated and free from suffering!!!
PS. My Moderator badge will disappear in the next few days, so please don’t tag me personally for any mod business but rather use the tag
@moderators or your request may not be seen