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Guidelines and How to Use the Rama Meditation Society Forums, Blogs and Events Calendar

Guidelines and How to Use the Rama Meditation Society Forums, Blogs and Events Calendar

  1. Guidelines
    1. Forums
      1. The Forums are a way for the Rama student community to share helpful information.  The Forums are intended to help students who are brand new to Rama and the community.  As a student of Rama’s, you are welcome to share what you have found helpful and positive in your life and practice, and to ask questions of other students.
      2. There is a section of the Forums where jobs and services offered by Rama students are welcome for posting.
      3. Only people who have signed up and been accepted are able to post to the Forums, but the content is visible to the public. 
      4. Shorter, general information and comments are suitable for Forum postings.
      5. Forum topics can easily be added to the current list.
    2. Blogs
      1. Blogs are first-person reflections on some aspect of Rama’s teachings.  There is no length limitation but a standard blog entry is generally up to two pages.
      2. Please add fun or inspiring remarks that are not in first person to the Forums.
      3. We encourage all Rama students to write blogs on subjects that inspire them.  New blog entries will be announced in RMS newsletters and linked to RMS social media.
    3. Event Calendar
      1. We encourage everyone hosting a Rama-focused event to add their information to the RMS calendar.  The simple interface is described below.  The more events that are listed in the calendar, the more likely it is that new students can find fellow Rama students in their area and join in activities with sangha members.
      2. Rama focused events include meditation classes, talks on American Buddhism, meditation hikes and more.
      3. We do not recommend putting in exact addresses and phone numbers.  You can list an email for those requesting more information, or let the RMS know of specific phone numbers that will be shared in the RMS newsletter.
  1. How to Use  (In all cases, sign up one time.  After you sign up, you simply need to log in when you return to the RMS site.)
    1. Forums
      1. New comment -- after log in, go to the Forum tab and select it.  Look through all the Forums to see if you think there is already a suitable place for your comment.  When you find a topic you like, click on it.   A  new page opens and top left of the page you will see a green "Plus sign" icon that allows you to post a new entry in that topic’s thread.  Click “Save” when done.
      2. Comment on an existing comment – go to the specific Forum entry you would like to comment on.  At the bottom of the post will be a small “Reply” icon.  Click that icon, enter your response and hit “Save.”
      3. Creating a new Forum Topic – select your "add content" tab (small text) at top left of screen when you log in.  Select “Forum Topic” from the list of content that may be added.  A new page will open.  Give the topic a title and a brief description to help others understand what the topic is about.  Select “Save” and the topic will be added to the Forums list. 
    2. Blogs
      1. Write up your blog in your usual text editor.  (You can enter directly into the online text editor but most people find it easier to write in their usual word processor.)
      2. Go to the “add content” tab at top left of screen.  Select “Blog Post” from the list.
      3. A new page will open.   Give the blog a title and a brief description (helps with search engines).
      4. Copy and paste your blog into the text editor.  You can upload images and there is basic text editing in the interface. 
      5. There is no place to enter your author name.  We recommend adding it at the start of the blog in parenthesis (by Susie Smith).
      6. Scroll down and note the text entry box for keywords.  Please enter at least five or six keywords from your blog to assist in searching.
      7. When done, hit “Save” at the bottom of the screen.  There is also a Preview option. 
    3. Events
      1. Go to the “add content” tab at top left of screen.  Select “Events” from the list.
      2. A new page will open.  Give the event a name, date, time and description.  You may want to elaborate on the time zone in our description.  You may upload images.
      3. Add any relevant keywords.
      4. When done, hit “Save” at the bottom of the screen.  There is also a Preview option.  The event will automatically be added to the RMS calendar and will be announced in the RMS newsletter.