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Discussion Rules

The most important thing is to follow the Buddha’s Bramaviharas (Four Immeasurables)
  • Be friendly (Maitri, loving kindness)
  • Show you care (Karuna, compassion)
  • Look for, and take, opportunities to express sympathetic joy (Mudita, empathetic joy)
  • Be impartial (Upeksha, equanimity)
Remember we are colleagues, sangha. This is a conversation not a jousting field. We’re here with one objective — to sharpen our ideas for making TI better. It is not a space for winning at someone else’s expense. We are aiming to present and explain the logic of our views in a calm manner that persuades others with evidence and reason. We must resist bullying.

Now To A Few Specific No-Nos:

1. Don’t do harm — to yourself or others (eg: posting inflammatory content, hate speech, or terrorist content, advocating violence against others, or stalking)

2. Don’t do anything illegal

3. Don’t send spam or invade anyone’s space

4. Don’t post inappropriate content or material

5. Don’t engage in any activity that exploits, harms, or threatens to harm children (or anyone else)

6. Don’t do anything that is fraudulent, false or misleading (eg: ask for money under false pretences, impersonate someone else, misquote or misrepresent others)

7. Don’t infringe upon the rights of others (eg: by sharing copyrighted material without authorisation, representing someone else’s idea as yours)

8. Don’t engage in activity that violates the privacy of others

9. Don’t use others to break these rules

Now, get into the discussion and make your point of view clearly understood. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you — don’t be afraid to say what you think and don’t be thin-skinned if someone pokes holes in what you say. A good test for what you are writing is to see how you would feel if someone else said that in response to your view.

But don’t be timid — this is how we can all see what we are thinking. By open conversation, we can find the best ideas for advancing the work and scope of Tara Institute.

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