Humanistic Buddhism and the media
In the e-technology of the 21st century the hardware-software has become the nama-rupa systems of computers, leaving a vacuity of thought only to be filled by the birth of the internet, thereby, allowing man's thoughts to link up to an outlet of networks around the clock and around the world. The unconditioned state of computer technology has allowed man's conditioned state to continue through the internet. The e-mail has transformed how man communicates, opening up a new medium for information, ideas and opinions. What one thinks can be transmitted freely and openly to one person or to an unlimited number of people. Like-minded people can find each other through chat rooms and share their ideas with others on whatever subjects or life styles that bond them together. Words now take on appearances, that were once revealed by a face, voice or even by one's hand writing, now adds another dimension to its function. Acting as a shield of protection to hide behind, it allows those who would shy away from speaking their mind in public an opportunity to express their thoughts, ideas and views. The obscure nature of the internet therefore will have its advantages and its disadvantages.