The expression, “Social Media,” gets kicked around a lot, but what does that really mean? For me that’s simple. Community. I live in an area where I’m very far away from actual Zen centers and temples. While I’m aware of a group that sits near by, it’s like “theoretical physics zen,” and I’m not really in to hyper-analytical posturing. That’s not Zen. That’s getting lost in the dark and you might not make it back.
The above being said is my motivation for using twitter. I’m looking help expand and support my practice and that of others. My teacher is in Seattle, Washington and though I have regular conversations with he and a few of the Sangha members there, I recognize that I find it useful, to have a steady and consistent group of people that I can share practice with, supporting each other through the grinds over day-to-day life.
I am also fairly far away from any temples or large zendos and always appreciate the fact that I can expand and broaden my practice and get into contact with other practitioners in a fairly quick and easy manner. I am also familiar with the “academic book club” school of Buddhist practice that Jaye is alluding to and I wholeheartedly agree that it is not my cup of tea. Academic discussions are fine but I need to find people who actually sit and ritualize in their practice.
Where twitter can be a hassle and hindrance to Zen practice is there’s people with what I might call “wayward,” motivation. The endless marketing can be a nuisance. The over-reliance of quotes can be disappointing. I feel like if you’re using a quote, tell me how you applied it to your life, so that I can learn from you. Otherwise quotes are just dead words to me.
Here is the list that Jaye provided. I follow mostly the same group and agree that these are some good Twangha-folks!