Seeking Refuge in the Third Jewel:
The Sangha As the Beloved Community
SHAHARA GODFREY | Sunday, February 12, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha are referred to as the Three Jewels in which many of us seek an understanding of the teachings of the Buddha. Sangha, the third jewel, offers a sense of belonging and is so important in cultivating a community. Thich Nhat Hahn has said that the next Buddha may take the form of a community. Many of us live and participate in different communities. If the Sangha is the next Buddha, what does this mean for us? A Sangha provides an array of communal support and is a means for realizing what Dr. King called the “beloved community.” By taking refuge in the beloved community, we become the Sangha. By taking refuge in the Sangha, we become the refuge.
SHAHARA GODFREY, PHD, has completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders and Dedicated Practitioners Programs and is a teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA. Her primary practices are compassion and social activism.
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