Our masthead says,
That’s what why I joined; that’s why I volunteered.Zen Space
A Zen Buddhist discussion forum. Zen Space is a free community service run by volunteers to provide an online place to discuss Zen Buddhism and to share our collective knowledge and experience.
I get the value of posting music videos, photos, and the Lounge. I’ve posted a few music videos, and a couple of photos, and posted occasionally in the Lounge. I think they’re beneficial . . . when used to create personal connections. But I believe they have been abused by over-use and/or cliquish dialogues.
Zen Space should not be a music video site, a photo gallery, or merely a place where “Anything at all goes here.” In Buddhist terms, it’s idle chatter.
As it is, the Lounge represents over 50% of all posts and some members spend most (50-70%!) of their time and posts in the Lounge. And this is expressly why some long-time Zen students no longer participate here.
Personally, I’d rather be a member of a small forum that discusses the Zen Way than be involved in a large group that discusses nonzense.
Those are my thoughts.
What are your thoughts on this?