Blogs:Robert Walker/Adventure of a new encyclopedia

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Motivation - Ri-me approach - Origins - Wikipedia Buddhism Project - Essay on Reliable Sources - Guiding Principles for EOB - Adventure

Author: Robert Walker

License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

This site is being developed by a couple of dharma students who rescued content that was deleted from Wikipedia and made it into a new encyclopedia. This is a new project and we don't know where it is going to go. It's an adventure we are on, together with others who may join us later on.

We find the Ri-me approach inspiring and we think that the combination of the material from Wikipedia, written originally by editors of many different tradtions, plus the Ri-me approach may possibly lead somewhere interesting. We want this encyclopedia to be of benefit to others. We want to be sure also that this encyclopedia does not encourage bitter divisions in the dharma, but rather, helps us to find the common ground and appreciate each others' paths and the diversity of the dharma.

Neither of us are teachers. We are both in Tibetan Nyingmapa traditions but have a keen interest in other Buddhist paths, including the Therevadhan approaches. For instance we both admire Walpola Rahula's What the Buddha Taught.

If you are interested in joining us and to help us find a way forward for this encyclopedia do get in touch. You can email us at admin@encyclopediaofbuddhism.org. For instance we are interested in hearing from former editors who worked on the articles we imported. We are interested in working together as a small community where everyone knows everyone, and experts will take overall responsibility for articles they are knowledgeable about, much as for scholarpedia. Dorje108 is the "Editor in chief" as it is his idea, and we think that a small project like this works better if it has one person who decides on the overall vision, with the help of others in the community advising him, rather than through votes and communal decisions, sometimes major policies decided by 6 votes to 5 or some such. His editorial touch is likely to be light but may be needed in tricky situations.

Although this encyclopedia is devoted to Buddha dharma, the Rie-me approach extends to all religions. We hope that those of other religions can read it and benefit from it too, come away with understanding rather than bitterness, also find out about their common ground and be enriched by the diversity they find in this encyclopedia.

Three laughs at Tiger brook

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Song Dynasty painting in the Litang style illustrating the theme "Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are one". Depicts Taoist Lu Xiujing (left), official and poet Tao Yuanming (right) and Buddhist monk Huiyuan (center, founder of Pure Land) by the Tiger stream. The stream borders a zone infested by tigers that they just crossed without fear, engrossed as they were in their discussion. Realising what they just did, they laugh together, hence the name of the picture, Three laughing men by the Tiger stream.

See the article: Three laughs at Tiger Brook

See also Motivation for this encyclopedia - Ri-me approach

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