Our Editorial Policy

The intention of our blog is to provide a space for questions, comments and discussion on the path of awakening, as well as issues relevant to our spiritual journey in 21st century life. It’s a place for open-minded inquiry and discussion in an environment of mutual respect, tolerance, and empathy.

Point of View
As explained in Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s book of the same name, “rebel buddha” is the active, awakened intelligence of each and every person’s mind. It is the quality of awareness within us as individuals that breaks through thoughts, emotions, and fears that keep us trapped in unhappiness and suffering. Rebel buddha is that part of us that resists a life of illusion and seeks our own inner truth. Understanding our own mind also helps us to help others, to work with the confusion, conflict, and injustices that are widespread in our world.

When we are in touch with our own discriminating intelligence and listening to its voice, we join our intention with the power of our awakened mind. We become able to use this power wisely. Instead of perpetually fighting with others, and ourselves, we learn to pacify aggression within and without, through knowledge, understanding, and compassion.

Commenting: I’m right, therefore you’re wrong.
As we share and exchange ideas through blog posts and comments, the back-and-forth discussion can open up communications or shut it down, as most of us know. So what do we do in our discussions when conflict arises because we have different opinions? We can usually see what divides us more clearly than what connects us. But unless we stop to look at both, we’re unlikely to get past partisan sound bites (which can lead to name-calling, blaming, and self-righteousness). To hold onto our intelligence and good humor, we hold the intention to oppose any tendencies we may have toward incivility, unkindness, and harmful speech. It often takes more courage to say something positive—to give voice to our generosity, to act with a sense of discipline and patience—but these are the very qualities and conduct taught by the Buddha (and other spiritual teachers) to be powerful means for restoring balance, peace, and harmony within and without.

Comments and Moderation
The editors of this blog are not “censors” of views, and that is not our intention. But it is our responsibility, right, and intention to publish only comments that foster sincere and constructive discussion. This means that we will not publish blog comments that are intended to (or would in effect) cause harm to any individual or group. This Web site is not a platform for political agitation or for spreading gossip. It’s not a place to push an agenda, dominate a conversation, or win an argument. What does this mean specifically?

We will not publish posts or comments that:

  • spread or invite gossip
  • abuse, harass, stalk, or threaten others
  • are libelous or knowingly false
  • call out individuals or communities by name in a way that encourage ad hominem attacks on them
  • promote personal or political campaigns
  • violate an obligation of confidentiality
  • violate the privacy of others
  • intentionally or unwittingly do harm

Our definitions of unacceptable content are not limited to this list. We reserve the right to delete any comment we deem offensive, inaccurate, or misleading.

It’s a family gathering.
An online community is a family of sorts, where there will always be different points of view, and it’s certainly fine to be passionate about those points of view. As Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche says, it is just this meeting of differences that can light up our intelligence and lead to new insights:

“Family gatherings are full of sparks—from those at your house to those played out on the national stage and documented by CNN and Entertainment Weekly. But when the sparks from this rubbing together of opposites ignite in an atmosphere of openness, it makes all the difference. Then, instead of pure friction, we get a lively dance that generates a very creative energy.”
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, from Rebel Buddha