My main question/topic is:
What are the most fruitful, worthwhile, helpful, valuable, rewarding, and of course happiest online Buddhist communities to be a part of currently available today?
I ask so that I may look into, carefully consider, and if suitable, to join all of them.
Background context of this question:
I have recently joined a slew of Buddhism-related facebook groups (~20) to get an exposure to online Buddhist communities.
Even though I am not completely surprised, I feel quite sad about the way the Buddha is inaccurately misrepresented on social media and in pop culture.
Often, when one speaks out against the mis-representation, one is often accused of being sectarian, dogmatic, arrogant, pretentious, etc.
Furthermore, there seems to be simply too much misrepresentation out there to attempt to correct them all one by one.
One solution that came to mind is simply:
to try to suitably disassociate from individuals and groups to the extent that they are unwise
to try to suitably associate with individuals and groups to the extent that they are wise
It seems less antagonistic and stressful this way.
It is not really that them members of those groups are rude or vicious or insulting - to the contrary, most of them are really nice.
However, the extent to which many of them are so willing to tolerate and perpetuate false, misrepresentative views regarding Buddhism with impunity and carelessness is very - unhappy?
The experience with the facebook groups led me to (happily) join this community in SuttaCentral, which seems to be a sort of a “cream-of-the-crop” community (just sharing the phrase that came to mind).
The subjective experience of being a part of this community seems sooooo drastically different than in the facebook communities (and with some of their moderators too!) - much less jarring and uneasy.
Having happily joined the SuttaCentral community, I would like to expand/branch out and join and hopefully contribute to other such relatively harmless, beneficial, and suitable communities as well.
Any helpful recommendations of such online Buddhist communities would be very welcome!