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A Reflection on my Social Media Project about AIDS and the Five Precepts

AIDs in Thailand

I created my Midterm Project this semester using social media. My project is called “Helping Those Living with AIDS.” I got eleven comments from people who participated. Some people  just agreed with my project and gave me advice on how to improve  the article such as the comment from thesilverbodhisattva who said,

“Another point to consider is that some people can acquire the disease through means unknown to them, in cases of unintentional contamination. Without proper medical precautions or sanitation in a variety of medical fields, an aid has the possibility to spread through transfusions, shared needles, and even instances of dental operations. There is also the possibility for those who are born HIV positive.”

This comment reminds me and other people to be careful when we use syringes because penetration and blood transfusion can put people at risk for contracting the AIDS virus.

However, I want those who have not been infected with the AIDS virus to be aware of this point as well. There are many other ways of being at risk of contracting the AIDS’s virus. The AIDS’s virus is a serious issue for the homeless and those on skid row. When society or families ignore people who have AIDS, they end up on the street, become homeless, and live on skid rows throughout the country. Therefore, the Thai monks of the Phrabatnumpu Temple are helping the people who have the AIDS’s virus in Thailand. The abbot organized the temple by himself and it is supported by donations. He provides food, clothing, shelter, and medicine for people with AIDS. The important thing is he has instructional media for people who do not have AIDS. He is teaching about Buddhism and offering counseling for individuals and groups concerned about AIDS. He teaches the way we use precept training to protect sangha from AIDS. He talks about the Five Precepts as a very good way of reducing one’s risk of contracting AIDS. A comment from SmartDC was,

“AIDS is one kind of serious diseases in the world. One of the solutions is to avoid from sexual misconduct and honestly observe Five Precepts (Sila). Taking the Buddha’s teachings into practice, we will be happy without any trouble.”

Therefore, the Five Precepts, especially, the third precept, are a very important way to reduce the prevalence of AIDS virus infections. Just like this comment from Humble Monk:

“There is reason to blame the people who’ve gotten infection, but there are many reasons to blame the people who knew AIDS and didn’t protect themselves. Sexual desire is one aspect of desires caused suffering. Being honest with one’s couple under sexual conduct isn’t enough to stop AIDS completely. The way how to completely stop AIDS is to stop one’s desires.”

This is a very good comment and I agree with his comment. If all of us practice the five precepts, especially the third one, I think we can live without fear and worry as well.

Finally, I would like to thank you very much for all of the comments from both people whom I know and I do not know. Your comments helped influence my work and my ideas. I hope my social media project will help our society in many ways. For instance, by helping people become aware of AIDS and understand the victims of AIDS too. More than that, I hope we can stay happily together. Without loving-kindness and compassion our society would be like Hell.

May all being be happy and peaceful in body and mind,

Dhammakaruna.

Please visit my Facebook Page and my original post here at Dharma Dialogue.

AIDs patient and Theravadin Monk.

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Cognitively Incongruent

Education

Education (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Cognitively Incongruent is a project to help spread the plethora of free educational resources available today, via any media available. Inspired by a colleague and my many acquaintances in education, this page is a means to spread information and awareness of the many resources available to people. Education has always been one of my greatest passions, with over a decade of educator experience in tutorial services and teaching facilities. Moreover, it is within my many interactions with people seeking educational help that I have faced many people desiring free and convenient resources that they can access on their own, which has now motivated me to create a centralized location for free educational resources available to anyone with internet access. I hope to promote the awareness of this database and the message that education can and is free, this being only a vehicle for the many resources and efforts of others out there.

My goal for cognitively incongruent is to provide a service learning environment/project where people can find and contribute free educational resources to help facilitate the education of others in any field that they are confident/proficient. Ultimately this service hopes to promote free education and the empowerment of community service in the form of Education, through the exposure to other people’s testimonies and contributions in free educational resources. This would also potentially help to promote people to find out that facilitating education or even contributing to the resources available is a means of fulfilling their Dharma, as I have.

Here is the URL

https://plus.google.com/u/1/106082725883525857817/about

This is strictly a free database of resources made by others and not owned by the host of Cognitively Incongruent. Please feel free to contact the authors of these resources and thank them for their efforts or help them spread their resources. Furthermore, to all who use, visit, interact, and promote this website, I welcome you and hope to inspire your enthusiasm to promote free education.

I would welcome any contributions to this database and momentum to help empower the spread of this resource. In addition, one of my greatest challenges, thus far, has been inspiring or making easily apparent (beyond the about section) the spiritual mission of this resource.

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