What's sangha?

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What's sangha?

Post by Music » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:21 pm

Aren't there 3 refuges? What are they, and if sangha is one of them what exactly is it? Does an online community like this qualify?

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Re: What's sangha?

Post by Wesley1982 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:23 pm

A sangha is a buddhist monastic community with formal ordinations and have taken the vows...

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Re: What's sangha?

Post by viniketa » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:22 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:... a buddhist monastic community with formal ordinations and have taken the vows...
In English, those are typically called 'Monasteries'.

A sangha is simply a community of practicing Buddhists, often led by a spiritual 'master ' who may have been formally 'ordained'.

As to whether or not this 'electronic forum' qualifies as a sangha, you will likely find widely differing opinions.

The others are the Buddha and the Dharma.

If they can sever like and dislike, along with greed, anger, and delusion, regardless of their difference in nature, they will all accomplish the Buddha Path.. ~ Sutra of Complete Enlightenment

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Re: What's sangha?

Post by waimengwan » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:02 pm

It used to refer to enlightened Sangha in the past, the arhats and all. Of course we don't have that many arhats in abundance like it was during Buddha's time.

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