I live pretty near a Cambodian temple that I've never been to. I've never been part of a Buddhist community, but 'spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life Ananda,' so I figure I should. Anyway this temple is extreamly Cambodian, I'm not sure if any of the monks speak English, and its known for a terrible split in the community over the ownership of the temple. (yeah the monks as a well) Apparently the fight is so bad that there's an 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' faction that wont speak to each other and the case is in court.
That being said I'm extreamly tired of being the only Buddhist I know, and I might be able to help the community if I get involved. Do you think I should go? Get involved? Maybe sniff 'round first? Or could this be detrimental to my practice?