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Offline ELite

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No Sangha
« on: September 07, 2016, 06:13:19 am »
I have probably asked this before, but I am returning to the forum after a long time and only made a few posts.

Since I do not have the means to go to retreats or attend a sangha am I still able to take refuge?  Can I take refuge in the three jewels at home by myself?

Offline Miss Kathryn

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Re: No Sangha
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2016, 12:53:18 pm »
The question is, if you are taking refuge in the three jewels, are you at home by yourself?
Or ... if a young person recites a Bodhisattva vow alone in a room with sincerity, is it real and meaningful?
If you are the only Buddhist in a family of devout Catholics, are you still a Buddhist?
What is Sangha? Alone but together in a cosmos of wandering stars, the Sangha is wherever you are.

Offline Ron-the-Elder

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Re: No Sangha
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2016, 04:38:29 am »
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ELite:  "Since I do not have the means to go to retreats or attend a sangha am I still able to take refuge?  Can I take refuge in the three jewels at home by myself?"


The word sangha took its meaning from "The Holy Sangha" which was the group of Buddha's original followers.  You can review the history of some of these and make your mind up from there.   :hug:

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Recollecting the Sangha
"At any time when a disciple of the noble ones is recollecting the Sangha, his mind is not overcome with passion, not overcome with aversion, not overcome with delusion. His mind heads straight, based on the Sangha. And when the mind is headed straight, the disciple of the noble ones gains a sense of the goal, gains a sense of the Dhamma, gains joy connected with the Dhamma. In one who is joyful, rapture arises. In one who is rapturous, the body grows calm. One whose body is calmed experiences ease. In one at ease, the mind becomes concentrated."

— AN 11.12

"When you recollect the Sangha, monks, any fear, terror, or horripilation you may have will be abandoned."

— SN 11.3


Resource for further study:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/sangha.html

Taking Refuge:

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They go to many a refuge,
   to mountains, forests,
   parks, trees, and shrines:
people threatened with danger.
That's not the secure refuge,
that's not the highest refuge,
that's not the refuge,
having gone to which,
   you gain release
   from all suffering and stress.

But when, having gone for refuge
to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha,
you see with right discernment
the four Noble Truths —
   stress,
   the cause of stress,
   the transcending of stress,
   and the Noble Eightfold Path,
   the way to the stilling of stress:
That's the secure refuge,
that, the highest refuge,
that is the refuge,
having gone to which,
   you gain release
   from all suffering and stress.
— Dhammapada, 188-192


Resource:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/refuge.html

Maha Kassapa, Father of The Holy Sangha: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/hecker/wheel345.html

« Last Edit: October 28, 2016, 04:41:04 am by Ron-the-Elder »
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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