Welcome to this group of practitioners who gather weekly to mindfully study and practice the teachings of the Buddha, to deepen our understanding of these teachings and our experience of practice. In 1990 sangha was started in Guelph, with its membership waxing and waning as new people attend, some remain while others leave. However, a core strength has remained throughout these years.
What the sangha is:
A leaderless group who gather faithfully once per week in each others homes. We ‘sit’ for 50 minutes, listen to a talk, a reading or other form of presentation. We then speak to the meaning and understanding this particular issue has in our respective lives. In other words, our practice encompasses not only the ‘sit’ but also the ensuing conversation. Our conversation is grounded in the Buddhist teachings. We presume that members have an understanding of basic Buddhist concepts and principles.
Over these years, each evening unofficially follows some basic assumptions:
- Mutual respect.
- Listen gratefully and mindfully.
- Speak from one’s own experience, and where sharing is optional.
- Each person may respond without judgment to each others offerings.
What the sangha is not:
- An educational group, each person is responsible for some understanding of Buddhist terms and philosophy.
- An intellectual discussion group, i.e. no need to correct, convert, challenge others to a particular viewpoint.
- A therapy group, i.e. no need to debate, rescue, problem-solve or in any way interfere with an-others contribution.