Modern technologies have created unprecedented opportunities for the spread of the dharma. You can find countless scriptures, teachers, and teachings online. There are online communities such as the one sponsored by Tricycle (www.tricycle.com). Some teachers, such as Shinzen Young, use telephone conference calls to conduct live online retreats (www.basicmindfulness.org). This gives participants the opportunity to attend from home without the travel and accommodation costs of going away on retreat. A company called eMindful (www.emindful.com) offers a variety of mindfulnessbased courses online and also offers free daily meditations in a live videoconference room. These technologies have created a worldwide sangha that will continue to grow. You don't have to wait outside the gates of the Zen temple for days in the rain to find a teacher. You can get on the Internet right now and find the dharma in all of its varied glory.