Digital Wisdom - Founding Principles

These founding principles set out basic beliefs and values that guide my life and that I’ve found to be beneficial. By setting these out at the beginning, you can understand the ethics that guide Digital Wisdom and get a sense for how we might unfold. If these principles resonate with you, you can add your strength to this community and help define what it might become. From these seeds, a community will gradually emerge that can bring benefit to society. Digital Wisdom is a secular community open to everyone regardless of beliefs. But I am greatly influenced by the Buddhist tradition. In the spirit of transparency, this article explains those influences. Feel free to share your comments, questions, and suggestions. - Andrew Davis

Teachings and Practices

There are three practices of Digital Wisdom: ethics, meditation, and wisdom. All the teachings and practices of Digital Wisdom can be integrated into these three.

Ethics can be summarized in the statement, “learn to do good, cease to do harm, control your mind, and benefit others. This is the teaching of Buddha.” Ceasing harm means stopping actions that directly or indirectly harm others, and also abiding by any promises or commitments we’ve made. The purpose of ethics is to build a strong mind that can oppose the immense power of our own deluded tendencies.

Meditation is the practice of stabilizing the mind and focusing it on what makes us more peaceful. Meditation is infinitely diverse, since there are infinite objects that can make our mind more peaceful. Meditation can become progressively deeper with practice, leading us to profound states of peace and bliss. Meditation is a deeply personal experience, where our inner sense of peace is our most powerful guide. Nevertheless there are many practices we can learn that have proven their impact over time.

Wisdom means developing insight into ourself and our world. There are many types of wisdom, but the deepest wisdom is the wisdom of dependent relationship. All phenomena are dependent-related on their causes, their parts, and imputation by mind. There is no phenomenon that is not dependent-related. Nevertheless this is not how we see the world naturally. We perceive phenomena to exist independently. In reality, all phenomena are empty of this independent existence.

Andrew’s commitments:

  • I will never intentionally teach anything that contradicts Buddhism
  • I will never teach anything that can’t be justified by modern experience and reasoning
  • I will never use these teachings for personal or business profit
  • I will never intentionally harm others
  • I will be honest and transparent about my views, motivations, and actions

Questions that might arise

Where did these teachings come from?
Why a secular presentation?
What are the expectations of participants?
Am I an authorized teacher or representative of a particular group?
How can we ensure the quality and authenticity of these teachings?
Who are the main teachers who have influenced me?
How are we funded?
How will we handle money?