Currently I'm looking for a physical sangha to take part in (not that I don't love DhammaWheel, of course!), but my choices are fairly limited, not from lack of opportunities but more from lack of transport/access.
There's one sangha that looks really good though. It's called Dhamma Gavesi
, and it's right outside a train station which is only a quarter-of-an-hour ride away from my local station! Perfectly situated.
Does anybody know much about Sri Lankan sanghas? I only have experience (which in itself is extremely limited!) with Thai sanghas, can I expect any significant differences, cultural or otherwise? I don't know if the teachings are given in English, although the website itself is. I've emailed to clarify.
I myself am not Sri Lankan, and it appears the majority of lay buddhists who go there are; to be blunt, would the fact I'm not Sri Lankan present an obstacle to fitting in?
In any case, I plan on going out and investigating for myself first-hand, but I thought I'd consult with you all nonetheless and see what everybody's thoughts are.
Also, this is a total
long shot, but I don't suppose any readers on here happened to be based in Wellington City and attend a regular service at Bodhinyanarama / some other Theravada monastery, and would be willing to carpool with me? That is to say, give me a lift there and back on their way seeing as I don't have a car?
Naturally I'd be more than willing to contribute towards petrol money.