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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.

SANGHA SITS

MONDAYS:

This week we will meet on Monday, January 30, 3023 on Zoom. We will continue our study of the Lojong Slogans with Slogans 53, 54, and 55. ‘”Don’t vacillate.” “Train wholeheartedly.” “Liberate yourself by examining and analyzing.” 

Pema Chodron wrote of Slogan 53, “The slogan “Don’t vacillate” very much goes along with not being swayed by external circumstances. Whatever arises, you can keep your heart open. Beyond that, you can see shutting down or closing off as an opportunity to wake up. Spinning off when things are painful or pleasant presents an opportunity to practice lojong. You have good instructions on what to do with pain, breathing it in, becoming more intimate and making friends with it; you have instructions on what to do with pleasure, sending it out, giving away what you are most unwilling to lose. In this way we can begin to know the pain of others and wish for others to have happiness, using the joy and pleasure of our lives not as problems but as tools for benefiting others”.

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.

THURSDAYS:

We’ll also meet on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 5:30, live at 1414 No. Nevada Avenue. Both nights we will continue our study of the Lojong Slogans with Slogans 53, 54, and 55. ‘”Don’t vacillate.” “Train wholeheartedly.” “Liberate yourself by examining and analyzing.” 

Norman Fischer says of Slogan 54, “Be wholehearted. Don’t vacillate. Don’t misinterpret. Stay open. Stay kind. Pay attention. Don’t forget. Don’t worry. Don’t complain. Feel your breathing and your heartbeat. Come home.”