Well, I signed up for Kyle's "iSangha" site. I am not one for message boards, I prefer to stand up on a soap box in my own special soapbox designated area.
But the term iSangha got the gears turning a bit.
See to me, the hipster "i" designator is all about individuality, independence, etc.
That sounds cool eh?
But a sangha and indeed buddhist practice in my view is not really into those things.
So, maybe a proper meeting place for the net savvy hipster buddhist would be called iSamsara.
Before we forget what that whole sangha thing was about.
a community devoted to suffering, and the end of suffering.
Or stress and the end of stress.
Samsara, is what that little "i" designator seems to be all about.
A case in point might be my iPhone. Such a handy little device. Get my mail and surf the web from virtually anywhere. On the 17th my service will terminate because I am going overseas.
Just the thought of being without my iPhone functioning, my link to simple fast and convenient communication in multiple mediums in my pocket, well, that's another of many of the facets of samsara I'm dealing with at the moment.
Today I will try and resolve an issue that may have kept my pets traveling with my family overseas. this has caused a bunch of stress for all involved. My household goods get picked up on Tuesday, I might see them all again in a month or two, or they might fall off the side of a ship.
OK, your problems might not necessarily seem like my problems, but thats what makes it iSamsara!
But the root is the same. Attachment or clinging. Maybe you have attachment to the way things were, the way things are, or the way you think they should be, doesn't matter to much. its still iSamsara until one recognizes that just about everyone is stuck on that wheal and the more "i" you have (or the more powerful that "i" is) the stickier that wheal is and the more difficult it is to find true freedom.
I write all this, because "i" am just another "i"ndependant "i"ndividual, not so sure I'm interested in yet another internet community for "iBuddhists" even as I rushed to be the first one to sign up.
I am always looking for sangha. but not so sure how much more "i" I can take.