groovemaster wrote:Hey guys, I had a few question that Ive found very difficult to answer for myself... Being a buddhist through internet research, i was curious to see if anyone else went through the same path..
Do you feel like your use of the internet has affected your ability to practice buddhism?
how would your buddhist practice be different without being on the internet/on this forum?
Definitely. I had access to a lot of research material in North America that I wouldn't have otherwise had access to until I came to Asia.
Pirated pdf scans of expensive books I otherwise couldn't afford (and still can't really) also made study easier.
E-sangha and the many discussions also had a positive effect on my practice. It was the lengthy discussions of vegetarianism that made me finally kick meat.
I've also developed a lot of connections online which became real life relationships. It is nice travelling to places, particularly here in Asia, and being able to meet like-minded Buddhists who are happy to share local knowledge. Without the net I wouldn't have had such opportunities.