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A talk by Ethan Nichtern via Buddhist Geeks (with transcript in case you can't listen to it). Thoughts?
I greatly appreciate having virtual sanghas and relationships like those on NB. It allows me to connect with like-minded people and their points of view across the globe that I may not otherwise encounter.
However, I do really see the value in Nichtern's point here. To really dig deep into Buddhism we can't rely on these channels. The sangha is a great source of teaching as well. Whether it's a Buddhist sangha or the greater sangha of humanity, we need to really engage in these personal relationships for the Buddha's teaching to really flourish and strengthen. Otherwise all we may be left with is McMindfulness and a focus on what makes ME feel good.