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Instructions to Join the Virtual Monastery

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Submitted by LoneBear on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 19:18

If you've made it this far and are still interested, you may wish to join the "Virtual Monastery" here, online, to see what you can learn and to decide if the actual, monastic community might be of interest to you.

There are some rules and guidelines that you must agree to, prior to joining:

  1. Privacy must be respected, at all times. The information, courses and fora on the Monastery site are NOT PUBLIC. You must agree not to cross-post any of the content on the monastery site to any other site, without WRITTEN permission from the author. Violations will be treated seriously, resulting in being banned from this site and an abuse complaint being filed with your internet provider.
  2. What you learn is yours to use, share and teach--as long as it is original content. (You express it in your own words, as your own understanding. Public material that is available to anonymous users can always be cited; if you have to log in to see it, it is considered private and/or copyrighted material and you need to get permission from the author to make it public.)
  3. There is no charge for any of the courses or materials on the Virtual Monastery. But, there is some required reading material that you may need to purchase or obtain from a library. These costs and legwork are your own responsibility.
  4. The goals of the monastery are to provide the tools to assist you on your path of spiritual and ethical development (or helping to choose your path). If you have strong ties to a religion or a specific philosophy, then this is probably not the place for you; you should seek guides within the system you have ties with, as they are the experts in that field.
  5. This is not a "social media" site. The purpose here is personal growth, by doing the work on the path you choose and sharing your knowledge and experience with other explorers. It is not a place to post "cool YouTube videos."
  6. We do not discriminate, at all. You are welcome regardless of species, race, color, creed, gender, sexual preference, age or anything else.
  7. Vulgarities, profanity and/or obnoxious behavior is not permitted. All posts and comments should show respect and compassion for your fellow explorers. Flaming, trolling or spamming will not be tolerated.
  8. You need to have an open mind and the ability to consider different ways to look at things. If you want to see if you do, I would recommend reading The --daniel Papers on this site. If you can read through those without concluding "that's a pile of nonsense," then the Monastery might just be for you. We're here to explore new philosophies, not to regurgitate existing systems.

With that in mind, if you wish to become part of the Virtual Monastery, you MUST have a user account on website (no anonymous memberships). Currently, account creation is done by referral, as spambot technology has been creating too many problems. Registration codes are posted on the Antiquatis forum from time to time, or you can obtain one from any existing member, or use the site contact form to request one. Then:

  1. By applying for the monastery role, you agree to all the conditions stated above.
  2. Go to "My Account", selectable from the menu on the left.
  3. Click on "Apply for Role."
  4. Select "monastery" from the drop-down list.
  5. In the "Application Details" box, please give a short reason why you wish to become part of the virtual, monastic community.
  6. Hit "Apply" and your application will be submitted to the Monastery.

Once you are approved (a manual, not automatic, process, so approval will be dependent upon a monastic guide), you will find you have access to additional research and resources on the Monastery site. Please review the basic material FIRST, to find out if it is something you are actually interested in. If it is, feel free to interact with others, by adding comments or discussion in the fora. The more you interact with the site, the more information you will get access to. It is designed to be a learning process.