Reaching People Online
In four years, since returning to Singapore from the UK, I’ve had three jobs and moved house five times. Change is part of life. Everyone tries to escape from a highly stressful city life, where living costs are amongst the highest and work hours one of the longest in the world. But of course there is no escape, so we end up having high turnovers at work. The dukkha just transfers to the next situation.
I use The Buddhist Centre Online to keep up with Triratna News, and Free Buddhist Audio to listen to talks in my room or on the bus or underground on my way to work. It’s my lifeline. I listen whenever I can. I look for new talks as well as re-listen to older ones, especially Bhante’s. I don’t have a Triratna Sangha here. Even though I have friends here who are Buddhist, we don’t quite speak the same language. When there is a need to connect I search for key words that relate to the situation I’m in; for instance integration, loneliness, doubt, death, emptiness, and so on.
I am part of an online study group run by Vidyatara in Melbourne, Australia. We are women from all over the world: the UK, Turkey, Poland and me in Singapore. It’s early in the morning for some people. We often have people arriving with a cup of tea! Without this group I don’t think I could live in Singapore … when I do the study group I am different; it pulls me back to the anchor of my life, refocusing me on what is important.
I really feel supported… I feel like I’m not alone; I have friends…it’s an amazing group of women walking this path together in very different contexts.