I was just reflecting on the pro’s and cons of internet Buddhism, which is Buddhism practiced through the internet, and it occurred to me that it might be worth exploring what an internet Sangha like this forum actually does for us.
In a way it is a discussion group, where you can bring up any kind of topic and take advantage of the wisdom of the group. It is also a study group, where we can study books or sutras together. But in what ways does it differ from a real-life Sangha? This is a question I’d put to you, what do you get out of a real-life Sangha that you don’t from an internet one?
Certainly one thing I have noticed is that you get only as much out of an internet Sangha as you put into it. If you don’t come forward with your questions you will get little input into your situation from the Sangha members.