Social networking is a significant part of life. Most of us love having friends, and even acquaintances, that we have things in common with. If you are a book lover, you may join a book club in order to share your insights into specific books with others that share that interest with you. If you dance, chances are, you are dancing in a ballet company or are surrounding yourself with others that share in your love for dance. When the people we connect ourselves to share in our life beliefs, dreams, and joys, it is surely the icing on the cake.
Religious social networking is no different. It usually occurs in the temples, synagogues, and churches we involve ourselves in on a weekly or daily basis; however, in this technological world, we can also network on the internet. In some respects, this type of networking is even more beneficial when it comes to the religious aspects of life because it opens us up to other countries and cultures that share our beliefs. And knowing that there are people around the world that believe what you believe, can help answer questions you may have, and can share in discussions with you only adds a greater understanding of your religion to your life.
For the Buddhist, social networking on the internet has become a helpful tool as well. The following are five social networking sites for Buddhist, what each one offers, and how to log in to them. May you find what you may be looking for in one of them…
First, there is the United Buddhist Networks. Founded in 2008, this is a site with which you must register and be excepted to before you can access any of the blogs, forums, photographs, or e-books it has available to its members. There is no charge to join; they just want to make sure that you are serious about being a part of their group. They do not want anyone that will go there to advertise their own businesses, etc. The website is located at www.united-buddhist-networks.ning.com
The next site is known as The Buddhist Network. You are required to register to this site but, you will be given instant access to all the forums, photographs, discussion groups, etc. and do not have to wait for approval to the site. The Buddhist Network allows you to ask questions that many other Buddhists have the option to answer, start your own blog, post and view photographs of temples, etc. It is a very uplifting site and allows for great social networking. Visit www.buddhist-network.com for more information.
A third Buddhist social networking site can be found at www.buddhist-community.com/home.php. This site is a Myspace/Facebook alternative. There is a slew of information on it and it is a great social networking site. It has one-thousand, three-hundred and fourteen members and continues to grow more and more each day.
If you were to visit www.onbuddhist.com, become a member, create a profile, sign in, and begin meeting some new people around the world. This site is extremely informational, there are constant blogs and discussions happening, and people are even reaching out and raising funds for causes on the site. I especially enjoy On Buddhist.
A last social networking site located on the internet can be found at www.meetup.com. Meetup is an excellent place to network with others in what you love and there are several different sites for Buddhism itself. I did a search of Buddhism meetups in my immediate vicinity just to get an idea of how many were around and it came back with 3 in a 20 mile radius. So, that gives you an idea of the potential at this site for social networking on Buddhism.
And there you have five social networking sites for Buddhism. May you find what you may be looking for in one of them.