WHAT IS A SANGHA?
“Sangha” means “the Buddhist community of monks, nuns, novices, and laypeople.” It is our spiritual community–a group of people who are on the same path. As a Sangha we are a support and a refuge for one another. In fact, Sangha is one of the Three Refuges of Buddhism, along with the Buddha–not only the historical teacher, Buddha Shakyamuni, but also our own enlightened Buddha-nature–and the Dharma, which are the teachings of the Buddha.
We will meet Monday, September 26, 2022, at 5:30 on Zoom. We will talk about Point Two: The main practice, which is training in bodhicitta. [Absolute & Relative Bodhicitta] Slogans 2-6 are training in Absolute Bodhichitta. This week we’ll talk about Slogans 5 and 6.
Slogan 5. Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence, the present moment.
Jessica Davidson writes, “Alaya is the essence of consciousness, or awareness. This is your true nature – Buddha mind – which is open and luminous with wisdom. The previous slogan asked you to look into this awareness and examine it. Now you simply let it be. All you need to do is sit and breathe and let your thoughts go. Noticing the gaps between thoughts, the pauses, can help you to become aware of the stillness that underpins all of experience. But sometimes, even when you sit and relax, the mind continues to burble away to itself. The thinking mind never seems to stop.”
Slogan 6. In post-meditation, be a child of illusion.
Judith Lief wrote, “Practice can be divided into two: meditation and post-meditation. Meditation refers to time spent in formal practices such as mindfulness-awareness, and post-meditation refers to what we do the rest of the time. The notion of practice, of being a spiritual practitioner, includes both meditation and post-meditation, which means that practice applies both on and of the meditation cushion.”
Again, this week we will add zoom to our Thursday sangha. We use the same login information for both Monday and Thursday nights.
There are several books about the LoJong Slogans available by The Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron, Norman Fischer, B. Alan Wallace and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Please email or message me for the Zoom Log In information.
We’ll also meet on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 5:30, on Zoom and Live at the Body-Based Mindfulness Center, 1414 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO. We’ll also talk about Point Two: The main practice, which is training in bodhicitta. [Absolute & Relative Bodhicitta] Slogans 2-6 are training in Absolute Bodhichitta. This week we’ll talk about Slogans 2 and 3.
We will add zoom to our Thursday sangha. We use the same login information for both Monday and Thursdays nights
As we continue our live sits on Thursday, we will observe the Colorado and CDC guidelines to protect each other and our community. We encourage everyone who can, to get vaccinated. The current CDPHE guideline for group gatherings is “Unless you are fully vaccinated, masks are required for unvaccinated people in public indoor spaces.“