for those unaware, patreon is a website where people can help donate to people who create things. Various Buddhist organizations also use it as a vehicle for donations.
Patreon is not used as a way to support me directly like regular Dana. donating via patreon is specifically and only for helping Maggasekha with the various fees ( for instance this website is 120+ a year, my audio clyp page is similar) related to doing video and audio Dhamma.
much of what is donated via venmo and paypal has gone to these fees in the past, and if you don’t have patreon but still wish to help with the fees spoken of above, you can donate to these two for that. I’ve also updated the dana page with this information.
Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/maggasekha
Due to my recent issues with youtube banning my channel twice, I’ve decided to start uploading to other video sharing websites. I’ve had accounts on places like vimeo, bitchute, and other websites for years, but never got to doing any uploading on them, but now is as good a time as any to start.
if you use bitchute you can check out my channel and first video here, it’s not a new video, just an upload of my first video of the Journey into Homelessness series. :
For my Colorado friends, I’m planning a trip this summer or fall. The idea of moving to Colorado has been something I’ve mentioned on here before. Over the last year the number of people from Colorado I’ve come to know has greatly increased, as well as offers of a bed to stay in when I visit.
When I come to Colorado will depend on whether I can do Vassa in California, that is pending. But all my friends who are in Colorado, if you would like to be able to help me tour around and get to know Colorado, that would be appreciated. I already have a few people willing to do so, but its a big job for only one or two people.
The idea for the next few years is for me to visit Colorado a few weeks a year to get to know the state and it’s people, and to make connections with Buddhist organizations and people there. in the next 3-5 years the Idea is to move out there and start building up a base of support enough to rent a small house and go from there, building up the Maggasekha organization and bringing EBT Dhamma to Colorado.When I do come to Colorado this year I will be fully vaccinated, and that combined with things opening up should make it a fairly safe endeavor.
I started up a mailchimp email list/ mini newsletter for those who wish to keep in touch with my comes and goings, especially in the next few years as I start to make my moves towards settling in Colorado and creating the organization.
you can join it by clicking on the “MS ORG Newsletter” link at the top of the page.
Here are the episodes for the SOTP Podcast, in numerical order with both Youtube and CLYP links.
Student of the Path(SOTP) Podcast : #3 “What is Buddhism” – Part 2
CLYP Audio : https://clyp.it/c/podcast3
Student of The Path(SOTP) Podcast: #2 : “What is Buddhism” – Part 1
1 : Student Of The Path Podcast : 10 Minute Dhamma : Podcast Introduction
CLYP Audio : https://clyp.it/c/podcast1
So my youtube channel is still shut down, waiting on the appeal to go through, until such time I’m going to look into using alternative programs.
For Tomorrows 8:30am Morning Monastery Experience, i’m going to try Facebook Live
If my youtube Channel is not up by tomorrow night for Dhammapalooza, I’m going to try twitch : https://www.twitch.tv/maggasekha/
About two hours after my morning live-stream I received this email :
I’m attempting to appeal and will keep everyone informed.
One particularly pernicious and frankly evil view/misconception of Kamma in Buddhism is this idea of “group kamma”. That you are responsible for the actions of others in the past.
I cannot speak to the other traditions, but when you read the Early Buddhist Texts(Nikayas in Pali, Agamas in Sanskrit) as far as I can tell I’ve yet to ever see one place where the Buddha speaks about anything close to group kamma.
On the contrary, the Buddha tells us quite often :
“This noble disciple reflects thus: ‘I am not the only one who is the owner of one’s kamma, the heir of one’s kamma; who has kamma as one’s origin, kamma as one’s relative, kamma as one’s resort; who will be the heir of whatever kamma, good or bad, that one does. All beings that come and go, that pass away and undergo rebirth, are owners of their kamma, heirs of their kamma; all have kamma as their origin, kamma as their relative, kamma as their resort; all will be heirs of whatever kamma, good or bad, that they do.’
we are the owners of our Kamma, we are not responsible for the actions of others, they are the owners of their own kamma.
Nor, frankly, can we blame others for our own actions , “but but everyone was doing it!” does not work with Kamma, your actions are your actions.
This false idea that a group of people, of the same country, heredity, geography, etc, all share some sort of collective Kamma has been used to great harm in the past, othering whole groups of people considered to be irredeemable simply for the crime of being born into a specific place and time.
You see this in the early texts actually, with the idea of the outcast caste, that “well, you were born an outcast, sucks to be you, grovel in the dirt”. The Buddha flips it around and tells us the real outcast is one who does bad actions, not by their birth.
It also makes no sense, since each life you are a different being, a different form of existence, there really is no carrying forward these characteristics, they won’t be of much use in your next life when your a turtle, a deva, or an alien on the other side of the universe.
This is antithetical to the Buddha’s teachings in the early texts, and is misguided. This falls along the same concept of people born with various handicaps being treated as bad people because of the bad Kamma that lead to their birth in such a condition. While this may actually be true, what the people who act in such ways fail to rememberer is this:
Every single being in their long wandering in the samsaric state has done many many good deeds, but has also done the most utterly horrible things, enough for many lifetimes in all kinds of hells. There is no one exempt there, this is why whenever you start to look down upon someone or think highly of yourself, you remember you too have done such actions, and you too have been in such a place.
Likewise there is not a country or group of people existing in the planet that hasn’t done some really bad stuff. To use a modern example, is it really ethical for a country like germany to demean and force their children of today to carry guilt for something their great great grandparents did in ww2 80 years ago?
I’m not talking about knowing your history and learning from it, I’m talking about forcing people today to feel guilt and apologize and have an impact on their sense of self worth for something people in their country or group did long ago.
I would say no, that it is quite evil, harmful, and again, antithetical to Buddha’s teachings. Of course this is nothing new, people have done this to each other for as long as people have been around, but as we are trying to progress as a species, it behooves us to not group and other people, and if we must judge, then do to so on the merits of that individuals actions, not the actions of the group they happen to have been born into.
I was told that my announcements for Dhammapalooza making a post on this channel often take many hours to show up on peoples emails, so I’m making one early today.
Here is the link for tonight – https://youtu.be/cPlK31CGVn8
In about two weeks I’ll be doing an online retreat with Southern Dharma – https://www.southerndharma.org/retreat-schedule/869/at-home-retreat-the-divine-messengers/
Topic is the Divine messengers. This is a rare event for me in that the organization does charge for the event, although they assure me that they don’t turn away people due to money issues and if the regular scholarship stuff isn’t enough you can speak to them directly –