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 Post subject: What's sangha?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:21 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: What's sangha?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:23 pm 
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A sangha is a buddhist monastic community with formal ordinations and have taken the vows...


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 Post subject: Re: What's sangha?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:22 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: What's sangha?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:02 pm 
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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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