What is the Sangha?

The Nature of Spiritual Community

By Bikshu Sangharakshita

Illustrator: Varaprabha

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A discussion of the Sangha, or spiritual community, one of the three highest ideals of Buddhism. Sangharakshita presents the ideal Sangha as a free association between developing individuals. As Sanga is about friendships, he includes discussion of the individual's relationship with others.

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Windhorse Publications

Windhorse Publications is a Buddhist charitable company based in the UK. They seek to produce accessible and relevant books of high quality for all those interested in Buddhism at whatever level. They are the main publisher of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order. They seek to draw on the whole range of the Buddhist tradition, including translations of traditional texts, commentaries, biographies of Buddhists, and works on meditation.

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The Sangha, the spiritual community, is traditionally one of the three highest ideals of Buddhism, alongside the Buddha and the Dharma. But why? Many western Buddhists would question whether it has a role at all. Some feel that Dharma practice is about personal commitment, not about joining a group, while others identify the term "sangha" solely with the monastic community. In this volume Sangharakshita presents the ideal Sangha as a free association between developing individuals. An exploration of the nature of spiritual community is balanced by reflections in individuality, on what it is to be truly human. As Sanga is all about friendships, the final part of the book considers the individual's relationship with others - friends, family, fellow workers and spiritual leaders - and the connections of the Buddhist community to the world as a whole. Throughout the book the author demonstrates his passionate commitment to the ideal of Sangha, in principle and in practice.

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Format eBook
Imprint Windhorse Publications
Publication Date 26 Sep 2013
ISBN 9781909314177

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