Causes & Conditions
Most websites have terms, conditions, policies, codes of use or conduct, and all that. We may, too, one day. (No lawyers on the team so far, if you are Dharma-friendly lawyer and would like to help, you’re most welcome to raise your hand here.) Being a Website about Dharma we thought it more fitting to call our first attempt at this kind of thing “Causes & Conditions.” Please kindly find our thoughts on various issues below.
This is a website dedicated to the study and practice of Buddha-Dharma.
The learning modules and all other content are available to anyone on a donation basis.
With one exception: some practices (clearly marked as “secret” in the description on the Content page) which carry certain preconditions for accessing them; we reserve the right to decide whether a member meets those preconditions. If and when we later find out that we made a mistake in assessing someone’s preconditions we reserve the right to change that decision and consequently the enrolment status for the module in question.
This website and all content (again with the exception of certain restricted modules and their attached resources) is generally freely available, any payments are voluntary offerings and do not constitute a purchase or lease or any other commercial contract.
The content modules are generally for online use only and not downloadable, with the possible exception of download to a particular app on a tablet (however we don’t assume any obligation to allow even those downloads).
Resources attached to content modules may be downloadable but there is also no obligation that they are.
We are doing our best but of course mistakes happen.
We cannot assume any liability for technical issues, content mistakes, and any consequences thereof. Except of course in a karmic sense.
There is no implicit or explicit obligation to Dharma-eLearning.net to keep updating the platform or content, or even to keep it running indefinitely – of course we intend to do these things, but impermanence being what it is, we reserve the right to change and beyond the things we commit to explicitly here we accept no obligations or liability.
Among other things this means that over time the website and the content modules as well as the attached resources will change in more or less dramatic fashion, we do not accept any obligation to keep previous versions available – if you have gotten attached to a particular previous version of anything, please kindly contact us and we will of course see what we can do.
We are not keeping credit card information from the payment process – we are however keeping records of those payments.
We are storing information about enrolments and usage as well as any information you may enter anywhere on the platform or in the content modules (see privacy for more on that).
In order to keep the database of teachers, practices, and other items manageable, we reserve the right to consolidate duplicate items (e.g., items that the system originally accepted because they were spelled differently). For instance if we find Dupseng Rinpoche, Dupsing Rinpoche, Ven. Dupsing Rinpoche, and HE Dupsing Rinpoche, and Third Dupsing Rinpoche we reserve the right to reduce these duplicate to one Name
We will, however do our best to contact those who were using the different versions and hear their comments before making such changes.
We reserve the right to cancel any membership at any time.
And of course, you can cancel your membership at any time.
If you have made an offering in error or for any reason, please kindly let us know (within a reasonable time frame, say 30 days) and we will make a full or partial refund (based on your request).
Even if you receive a refund, we will not implicitly remove any content you may have enrolled in when you made the later-refunded offering.
We are not going to share anything you enter on this website with anyone without getting your explicit approval.
Q&A forums are restricted to those enrolled in a particular module, which implicitly means your questions there are restricted to signed-up members.
Anyone can sign up and enrol in any non-restricted courses.
We may share questions and answers between the Q&A forums of content modules that cover the same subject.
The social media sharing function we offer on the website is only available outside of secret modules and their attached areas, but of course anyone can manually share things from the website, including forum posts, so we cannot give any guarantees that anything you post visibly on the website will not be shared by others.
Privacy according to GDPR
Our website address is: https://dharma-elearning.net.
You can contact us anytime with concerns regarding privacy, data security, or any other questions, comments, or feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know at any time if you wish your data deleted.
We hate spam. We don’t much care for intrusive advertising. We aren’t too comfortable with constantly being watched as we go about our lives. And we have a certain limited understanding about karma. So of course we try to not do unto others (that’s you) what we don’t want to experience ourselves.
On the other handwe are running a website. In the 21st century. Which means we are using available technology. As up-to-date as possible, in order to ensure both actual functioning and security. That means cookies will be used. That means IP-addresses will be checked. (Cookies are stored in the browser you are using, and on your own device. You can completely disable cookies in your browser settings. However, doing that might break any number of sites, so do that at your own risk. In most browsers you can limit access to cookies to the site that has created them, which may be a good idea anyway.)
And in order to be able to learn and develop, we are using google analytics, which will transmit anonymized usage data to google’s servers. We have to assume that google are afraid enough of the huge penalties possible under GDPR to keep their noses clean. Maybe cleaner than they have so far.
For the time being we’ve removed all social media sharing functions because it’s not quite clear how much data is being sent to Facebook & co without anyone noticing. We still hope you will share, and of course you can use your browsers’ built-in sharing features. We may bring back the integrated sharing at a later time once it is clearer what it entails.
If you use a contact form to contact us, we will of course retain your data and use it to correspond with you.
If you use a comment form, anything you enter there will be stored and used, but only within the context of this website. We may use the information to contact you directly if necessary. And of course we may need to process inputs in order to prevent spam and attacks on our site.
If you register for a membership, of course your data needs to be stored, and we need to process your data in a way that enables us to get in touch with you. For that we may use third-party mailing list services like MailChimp.com, who are themselves GDPR compliant.
If you buy something or subscribe to a paid service, etc., we are of course saving the relevant data and will use it to get in touch with you as needed.
That’s about the size of it. Below is some more legalese as variously recommended. The text below hasn’t been customized for this site (as we hardly have enough budget to keep the lights on), so it may be much wider in scope and partially irrelevant. Please kindly read It in the spirit of the above.
And of course, contact us any time with any feedback, questions, comments, complaints, etc..
We are using MailChimp.com to keep in touch with you by email. For that we have created the mailing list “Dharma-eLearning.net members.” We promise not so send anything useless or pointless, and generally not send a lot of emails at all. In order to facilitate this, please confirm the subscription from the email you receive about it. If you unsubscribe manually at any time, or if you don’t confirm the subscription, our system will re-subscribe you every time you log in. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and of course we won’t share your information with any third party whatsoever. By signing up or logging in you agree with these notions.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Your IP-Address along with pages you visit etc., is shared with google analytics in order to gather statistical information about user behavior, so we can improve our website over time.
Social Media Sharing
If you explicitly use any of the social media sharing functions on this website, the data necessary to enable that sharing will be shared with the social media service you select.
Who we share your data with
Beyond the automatic sharing of analytics and social media sharing data and the other items described above we do not share your data with third parties.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Your contact information
We do not store or share your contact information beyond the scope described above.
How we protect your data
We are using best-practice Internet security, both on the hosting level (cPanel brute force protection) and on the wordpress level (Wordfence) in order to keep all data on this site safe, including yours.
Mindfulness of typing and clicking
Most importantly: do not share anything from the secret modules or their attached forums or resources with anyone unless you are 100% sure they have received the right empowerments, transmissions, and teachings from qualified lineage holders. When in doubt (or better by default) ask anyone who asks for things to sign up with Dharma-eLearning.net (which is free) and enrol in the module(s) for themselves (which is potentially also free), then we will have the burden of the samaya.
Whenever you communicate via the platform please be mindful of your speech and your motivations.
Especially respect other’s practices and beliefs, both implicitly and explicitly.
Do not share other users’ personal information that you learn about through the platfomr without their permission.
Even though all content here is Dharma-related and should thus be free, please kindly avoid downloading and spreading things through other channels (except social media sharing of links), instead invite anyone interested to join the platform – the more Dharma friends are using this site the more comprehensive the Q&A forums will become, and the more we can expand and grow the content.
Information in accordance with Section 5 TMG
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Accountability for content
The contents of our pages have been created with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the contents’
accuracy, completeness or topicality. According to statutory provisions, we are furthermore responsible for
our own content on these web pages. In this matter, please note that we are not obliged to monitor
the transmitted or saved information of third parties, or investigate circumstances pointing to illegal activity.
Our obligations to remove or block the use of information under generally applicable laws remain unaffected by this as per
§§ 8 to 10 of the Telemedia Act (TMG).
Accountability for links
Responsibility for the content of
external links (to web pages of third parties) lies solely with the operators of the linked pages. No violations were
evident to us at the time of linking. Should any legal infringement become known to us, we will remove the respective
Our web pages and their contents are subject to German copyright law. Unless
expressly permitted by law, every form of utilizing, reproducing or processing
works subject to copyright protection on our web pages requires the prior consent of the respective owner of the rights.
Individual reproductions of a work are only allowed for private use.
The materials from these pages are copyrighted and any unauthorized use may violate copyright laws.
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