Gather together your tribe (family, friends and strangers alike) and choose a principal to discuss. See how others can expand your consciousness. See how as a collective you can bring some light into the world through focused discussion. The sangha is a part—together with the Buddha and the dharma (teaching)—of the Threefold Refuge, a basic creed of Buddhism.
the Buddhist community of monks, nuns, novices, and laity.
Thich Nhat Hahn on the Sangha **
“The trees, water, air, birds, and so on can all be members of our sangha. A beautiful walking path may be part of our sangha. A good cushion can be also.”
The practice of Buddhism should help people re-enter society in order to rediscover and accept the good things that are there in their culture and to rebuild those that are not.”
“If we see a group of people living mindfully, capable of smiling, of loving, we gain confidence in our future.”
“To practice right mindfulness we need the right environment, and that environment is our sangha.”
“When you allow yourself to be in a sangha the way a drop of water allows itself to be in a river, the energy of the sangha can penetrate into you, and transformation and healing will become possible.”
“We don’t have to force ourselves to practice. We can give up all the struggle and allow ourselves to be, to rest. For this, however, we need a little bit of training, and the sangha is there to make the training easy.”
“We are always running, and it is hard for us to stop and be here in the present moment, to encounter life. With sangha you will be able to learn the art of stopping.”
“You don’t sit for yourself alone, you sit for the whole sangha—not only the sangha, but also for the people in your city, because when one person in the city is less angry, is smiling more, the whole city profits.”
**Reprinted from Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities (2002) by Thich Nhat Hanh