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A new online Wildmind community

I’ve created a new online space for people who have a connection with me based on practice.

A lot of people have practiced meditation with me over the years, at face-to-face classes, online classes, Skype classes, through CDs and MP3s, through Wildmind’s online meditation guides, or via books I’ve written. I’m in touch with some of those people directly, but there are many people who follow what I post on Facebook, Wildmind’s blog, my personal blog, Google+, and Twitter, that I have no contact with at all. And perhaps some of those people would like to have contact with each other. And I’d like to have that — to create more of a sense of community. But how?

Google+ to the rescue

You may be on Google+ already. But if you’ve never heard of it it’s Google’s equivalent of Facebook. In many ways it’s better than Facebook, because there are no ads (and probably never will be), and because there are awesome features like “Hangouts” where you can have (FREE) videoconferencing with up to nine people. And most people find that the quality of what’s going on in G+ is better than in Facebook, although that’s subjective, of course.

So, Google+ has recently (just yesterday!) started a new feature called “Communities.” These are basically online moderated forums. Some are public. The Wildmind community is private, which means that only members can see what’s posted there.

Here’s the link to the Wildmind community. Of course you won’t see anything until you’ve joined.

How is it going to be used? Initially, I’m suggesting that it’s a place we can talk about our practice and get feedback and encouragement from others. As well as sharing what’s going on in our own practice, the community allows for discussion, which could include giving moral support and showing empathy, comparing notes about how we’ve handled particular problems, sharing useful approaches to practice that we’ve stumbled upon, etc.

I’m not seeing this as a “Bodhipaksa fan club” because I don’t see the focus as being on me. I see the focus as being on the community itself. But it’s not a general forum for people interested in Buddhism and meditation, but for people interested in Buddhism and/or meditation who have some kind of connection with me, even indirectly.

If you’re interested in this, then you’ll have to visit the community and request to join, because of the private nature of the group. And you’ll have to have a G+ account, of course, but that’s easy to set up. Just go to http://plus.google.com and follow the instructions.

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About Bodhipaksa

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Bodhipaksa is a Buddhist practitioner and teacher, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and a published author. He founded Wildmind in 2001. Bodhipaksa has published many guided meditation CDs and guided meditation MP3s.

He teaches at Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, New Hampshire. You can follow Bodhipaksa on Twitter, join him on Facebook, or hang out with him on .

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Comment from Melody Peters
Time: December 7, 2012, 1:21 pm

this should be fun; I asked to join. :)

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Comment from Bodhipaksa
Time: December 7, 2012, 1:28 pm

And lo! your request was approved. Have a pluss├Ęd day, as I now like to say.

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Comment from Joe Wagner
Time: December 7, 2012, 1:59 pm

Sounds like a great idea.
Have underutilized G+ since its release, but will make a point of joining the group — if being a subscriber to your Wildmind FB posts represents sufficient personal connection to you, that is :-)

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Comment from Bodhipaksa
Time: December 7, 2012, 2:01 pm

Come on over and pull up a seat, Joe!

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Comment from Mike T
Time: January 11, 2013, 8:16 am

Hello,

As someone who has enjoyed some of your MP3 downloads (and currently working my way through the Kindle version of the Wildmind book) I thought I’d take a look at this, but I’ve not yet had my join request approved. Any chance this could be sorted? (Same email address as above)

Thanks

Mike

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Comment from Bodhipaksa
Time: January 11, 2013, 10:36 am

Hi, Mike.

I’m not seeing any outstanding membership requests, and I’ve no way to invite you without knowing your Google+ name. Email me a link to your profile and I’ll shoot you an invitation.

All the best,
Bodhipaksa

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