Social media is likely the most dominant aspect of The Internet today. It started on commercial scale with feedback on ebay and amazon, forums, blogs and groups. Everyone is suddenly an author and can easily publish an opinion!
Sometimes the material is good and worth a repost, please forgive me if it does sound a bit annoying. Especially when other things are in the news and actually all over social networks.
Inserting pictures that I mentioned in the original write up, making it into a repost.
This conversation was started by a remark of some one I am connected to in replay to the post:
This fundraiser started in a way a year ago, end of summer 2015.
This current year Summer Retreat will start on July 10.
I would like to offer as much money as I can raise and will post receipt.
So, please donate if it is possible. And, Thank you!
Conversation (well me talking about myself really, even attempting some humor, like do not contribute to the retreat, just give me money)
Facebook connection: Is it compulsory to raise money for conducting a retreat? It’s apparently a business?
My endless reply:
Sherab Gyatso Alex Well, things cost money. And I can use some. I hope you don’t mind.
Sherab Gyatso Alex And if supporting “my” retreat feels awkward to you. You can just support me. I understand you may want to know a bit more about me.So, if you like, you can write to me, I do not really “chat” on facebook, but a session of questions and answers can be always good.
Feeling that my humor from above will be completely lost I wrote a bit more serious here:
Sherab Gyatso Alex There are two ways to look at it from perspective of the money.
Money is the object of veneration and reward and the amount directly indicates the level of any idea. Then there is a facebook meme passed around that I like. It depicts native people from Amazon River region asking us: They have no money, no debt, no crime, no prison, so on so forth then it asks: Why do we think that we are the smart ones? [inserting the meme / picture in the blog repost]
Idea from another meme with the Dalai Lama picture in it comes to mind: Modern people spend all of their health while young to make money, then later in life spend all of the money to restore the health. [inserting the meme / picture in the blog repost]
In case of many spiritual practitioners, well, some of us are not good at making money (myself for sure). And unfortunately we do not really live in money-less culture.
In situations like retreat of any kind there are associated costs of all sorts. So, anyone with any degree of positive thinking in this regard should feel free to contribute any small amount that they would not regret having given away.
It is obviously completely voluntary and should be done if can be afforded without strain.
From my side I promise full respect to you contribution.
May any connection made through this message or any resultant activity be of benefit.
Disclaimer. These pictures are widely circulated originals made by some one assuming sharing and circulation and are thus used without attempt to secure permission. If these meme/pictures were made by you and you object to my usage, please let me know. Image of the Dalai Lama does not constitute any personal connection from me or any understanding. I just like it in the meme/picture format.