What's sangha?

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What's sangha?

Postby Music » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:21 pm

Aren't there 3 refuges? What are they, and if sangha is one of them what exactly is it? Does an online community like this qualify?
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Re: What's sangha?

Postby Wesley1982 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:23 pm

A sangha is a buddhist monastic community with formal ordinations and have taken the vows...
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Re: What's sangha?

Postby viniketa » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:22 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:... a buddhist monastic community with formal ordinations and have taken the vows...


In English, those are typically called 'Monasteries'.

A sangha is simply a community of practicing Buddhists, often led by a spiritual 'master ' who may have been formally 'ordained'.

As to whether or not this 'electronic forum' qualifies as a sangha, you will likely find widely differing opinions.

The others are the Buddha and the Dharma.

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If they can sever like and dislike, along with greed, anger, and delusion, regardless of their difference in nature, they will all accomplish the Buddha Path.. ~ Sutra of Complete Enlightenment
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Re: What's sangha?

Postby waimengwan » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:02 pm

It used to refer to enlightened Sangha in the past, the arhats and all. Of course we don't have that many arhats in abundance like it was during Buddha's time.
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