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What does sangha mean to you?

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What does sangha mean to you?

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:26 am

I was reflecting recently that a sangha is a bit like a family - sometimes people can irritate the hell out of you, but beneath that is a special bond and responsibility. And hopefully it's a place where mistakes can be made and forgiven as people develop.

So, what does sangha mean to you? And how does an online sangha compare to one in the "real" world?

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Re: What does sangha mean to you?

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:31 am

I think we need to define our terms.
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Re: What does sangha mean to you?

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:48 am

Some people would not accept that definition. For some its too broad.
I personally have no problem with it.
I think Sangha and sangha are of the essence, without them no Buddha and no Dhamma, They come as a package or not at all.
I remain unconvinced about the possibility of cyber sangha however. Too many basic components of social interactions are absent...vocal tone, expression, body language, etc. We are social beings who have evolved in particular ways to communicate all kinds of subtleties. To reduce that to written words on a page or to dancing pixels is to lose touch with vital elements of our essential humanity.
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Re: What does sangha mean to you?

Postby kirk5a » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:52 pm

"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230

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Re: What does sangha mean to you?

Postby Bonsai Doug » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:53 pm

For me, Dharma as the teachings represents the path. Those on the path are the Sangha.
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

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Re: What does sangha mean to you?

Postby icyteru » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:01 pm

sangha or ariya sangha?

online sangha or online bhikkhu?
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Re: What does sangha mean to you?

Postby Ytrog » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:25 pm

If I take the Sangha as being the ordained and soon to be ordained (anagarika): they mean a lot to me, especially since last week when I stayed with them in Chithurst Buddhist Monastery :anjali:

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Re: What does sangha mean to you?

Postby texasdhammastudent » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:54 pm

"I take the Sangha as being the ordained and soon to be ordained (anagarika)"

I agree with this. I find it somewhat misleading when a group calls its self a Sangha when in fact it is a meditation group. I understand that it is being used in a community sense of the word, but when I am looking for Sangha, I look for the monks who have dedicated their lives to the dhamma. Peace and happiness be to all beings!

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Re: What does sangha mean to you?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:19 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: What does sangha mean to you?

Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:01 pm

In practice the use of " sangha" with a small s to denote one's practice group whether or not it consists of members of the ordained Sangha, is growing. I suspect that it will continue to be used in that way whatever reservations one might have about that.
Language changes and evolves.
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