I discovered something years ago that shaped my view of the World Wide Web, the Internet, cyberspace, the digital realm. A group of Buddhist monks of the Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama, blessed cyberspace. On February 8, 1996 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
At the dawn of the Internet Age as we know it today, these enlightened sentient beings recognized this space — cyberspace — represents space in general and exists as a field for mental activity.
The monks blessed this realm, offering prayers for the motivation of Internet users to be positive and thus the Internet would become more positive.
May all beings have happiness and its causes.
May all beings be separated from suffering and its causes.
May all beings never be separated from happiness.
May all beings have equanimity toward the eight worldly dharmas.
May people be happy and their years be blessed.
May the crops grow well and may religion prosper.
I pray that all happiness arises for everyone.
And that whatever they desire shall come to pass.
So let’s positively connect for the benefit of all.