International Sangha Day 2021: “May Our Communication Be Sangha”
Sangha, spiritual community, can be described as a network of friendships based on what’s of most value. In the company of those committed to the Buddha’s teachings – past and present – we can express and deepen metta, loving-kindness, in our deeds, words and thoughts.
This year’s International Sangha Day celebration focused on communication because communication is a crucial part of the practice and development of Sangha. At its worst, communication can cause conflict...
By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 15 Nov, 2021 - 11:55
As you may know, Sunday 21st November is International Sangha Day. To celebrate, we’re offering 25% off five paperbacks on the themes of friendship, communication and the spiritual community. The discounts will end on 6th December.
In Buddhism, the sangha is the free association of developing individuals choosing to help each other along the path. In What is the Sangha? Sangharakshita suggests that to explore the nature of spiritual community is also to examine...
Subhadramati and Vajrashura, from London (UK) and Dublin (Ireland), reflect on the practice of spiritual friendship and the value of community, in the fifth in a series of informal, personal, conversations between Public Preceptors about the Eight Guidelines for Ordination Training.
The Eight Guidelines offer a framework through which Order Members and Mitras can reflect on and communicate about their going for refuge and process of training for Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this series, members of the Preceptors’...
Munisha talks about insights gained from traveling in her early life, including realizing she didn’t know how to get along well with others. Some years later, she discovered the Triratna Buddhist Community where friendship is a basic organizing principle around which everything is based.
What does it mean to really beleive that friendship is the whole of the spiritual life? How will that change how we act?
Being willing to help each other is part of the central enterprise of the spiritual life - to grow. By being with people who we are not hiding anything from, it can connect us to ourselves more, and point us toward the wonder and mystery of what it is to be a human being.
Dhammarati and Saddhaloka discuss some of the jewels to be found in this study material for the online...
In this talk, Satyakirti explores a set of ways through which we can work with fear in our practice, particularly through love and friendship. Using the Angulimala Sutta as an example, he explains how even the greatest fears can be overcome, and how a Buddha is entirely free from fear.
In this talk Padmavajra contemplates Beauty in different areas of Dharma life, including the beauty of people, of ethics, of friendship, community and ‘institutions’, and of wisdom. He also looks at the relationship between metta, formless beauty and the yidam, as well as knowing what beauty really is and ‘the pregnant man’.