Though these lockdowns are largely a disaster for social interaction, in many ways, the sudden thrust into the online world facilitates a greater reach with more opportunities. My experience of Buddhism, for instance, only leapt from academic books to meditation practice after one particular group went online. Brighton LGBTQ Meditation Group, a part of Bodhi Tree Brighton, a group I would otherwise have never been able to attend (due to it existing 5 hours away from me), has been a comforting sanctuary for me in these troubling times. It was only through this experience that my understanding of Buddhism has been able to flourish. Though I would be cautious in calling myself a Buddhist (or anything else for that matter), I would certainly consider myself a strong admirer of the Buddha.
The group meets weekly, and attracts a fair number of individuals, possibly between six and twelve. I am unsure whether everyone in attendance identifies as Buddhist, but it appears that a lot of them have been practicing for a while. Most of those who attend do so on a regular basis, and have been for several years. The group has been running since 2002, other than Sheila (the convenor of the group), I think the next record is fifteen years of practice. Most of the individuals identify as women and I often find myself welcomed as the token gay man!