Recently I found this article on the Interwebs about a robotic Buddhist teacher in China. Personally, I like the idea of mixing ancient Buddhist teachings with modern technology.
Buddhism and technology is not a new subject but usually people assume that traditonal Buddhism is not compatible with 21st century, high-tech, consumerist lifestyles. But I think the Washington Post article shows that traditional Buddhism can thrive and adapt to modern industrialized societies thanks to caring and dedicated people.
Concepts like mettā (goodwill), saṃsāra (aimless wandering) and sīla (personal conduct) are timeless and pertain to us as much as they do to people who lived many centuries ago in a different culture and place. The challenge for us Buddhists is how to transmit these teachings fluently to a 21st century audience whole remaining faithful to the spirit of the traditional Dharma. There’s no easy solution here, but examples like the Washington Post article above show that people are finding a way. 🙂