Lotos is building a complete Buddhist ecosystem on the Ethereum blockchain. Decentralized religion solves many issues and offers many efficiency gains.
For starters, here is a list of 14 problems and solutions gained from decentralization and digitization.
1.) Religious persecution
Religious persecution is a recurrent theme in human history. The persecution of Buddhists is no different with many examples happening today.
Persecution of Buddhists - Wikipedia
Many Buddhists have experienced persecution from non-Buddhists and other Buddhists during the history of Buddhism…
The blockchain provides anonymity for all users and ensures certain records are never destroyed.
Physical temples can be hard to find and hard to travel to. Digital temples on Lotos are easy to find and easy to join, from anywhere in the world.
With digital classes, you can bring teachers from the other side of the world inside your house without needing to travel anywhere.
Today, it is nearly impossible to compare temples meaningfully. You can get recommendations from friends, or read reviews (when they exist) online.
Lotos creates a public universal reputation system. Not only that, on Lotos all aspects of a temple (for example how authoritarian vs. egalitarian they are, how much teachers are paid, etc.) are transparent and easily comparable.
4.) Movement between temples
What if you join a temple, but find out that it is not quite the right fit? On Lotos you can quickly move between temples, and preview classes until you find a style of practice or teacher that works for you.
Corruption in temples is very common. There are stories of monks and abbots being arrested and entire temples only existing to accumulate illicit funds.
Take the infamous “Tiger Temple”, which operated for years guised as a Buddhist temple and accumulated millions of dollars by trading illegal wildlife.
What really happened at Thailand's Tiger Temple?
Kanchanaburi, Thailand - Tucked away among the swelling vistas of west Thailand's Kanchanaburi province, Tanya…
Rather than ignore this issue, Lotos approaches it head on. We make all economic records transparent and recorded forever on the blockchain. Not only that, but member positions, and even important communication can be preserved and made transparent for anyone to see.
Trust in organizations and teachers is critical for student progress. After all, doubt in teachers (vicikicchā) is one of the five hindrances in Buddhism. The blockchain is the ideal way to eliminate corruption and renew trust.
Payments in Lotos are direct — the blockchain eliminates middlemen for true borderless payments and extremely cheap transactions.
While there are some good services for guided meditations (podcasts), there are none that focus on live community interactions.
When you join Lotos, you are joining a community of real people just like you. The social benefits of joining a Sangha were stated by Buddha many times. Here is one example:
“At any time when a disciple of the noble ones is recollecting the Sangha, his mind is not overcome with passion, not overcome with aversion, not overcome with delusion. His mind heads straight, based on the Sangha. And when the mind is headed straight, the disciple of the noble ones gains a sense of the goal, gains a sense of the Dhamma, gains joy connected with the Dhamma. In one who is joyful, rapture arises. In one who is rapturous, the body grows calm. One whose body is calmed experiences ease. In one at ease, the mind becomes concentrated.”
Lotos automates processes like broadcasting classes, scheduling, accepting payment and so forth so teachers can maximize their time on student interaction.
8.) Hosting and scheduling
Hosting live classes, finding the right platform, coordinating times etc. with students across different timezones is a hassle. Lotos makes these processes as easy as possible for teachers.
9.) Earning a living
Teachers are paid instantly, without middlemen, anywhere in the world. Accepting payment for both on-demand content and live classes takes no extra effort. This makes is delightfully easy for teachers to earn a living without needing their own infrastructure.
10.) Monitor student progress
Keeping track of students is difficult, especially as their numbers grow. Lotos systematizes this process. Teachers can look at a student’s profile and quickly ascertain their progress through account activity and reports.
Start a new temple or broadcast classes existing classes for free.
11.) It’s free
Don’t pay expensive bills for a physical location or your own digital infrastructure. Do everything you would normally do with a physical temple, but online for free.
12.) Recruit students
Traditionally temples have erected golden Buddha statues and done other expensive things to recruit students. On Lotos you only need a good reputation score, and students will automatically find and join you. Focus on student progress rather than marketing.
Easily track all funds going in and out of the temple. Ensure your members are not corrupt with teacher reputation scores and transaction history. All records are transparent and immutable.
14.) Data collection
Having all student-teacher interactions and meditation on a single platform means large amounts of data can be collected. We will open-source all of this data to benefit the scientific understanding of meditation.
This is a list of some of the advantages a decentralized, digitized Buddhist ecosystem has. Other blockchain advantages like network-level awareness and Buddhist economics are described in more detail in our whitepaper: