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Sangha (pronounced Sang-gha) is a Sanskrit word used in many Indian languages, including Pali which means "association", "assembly", "company" or "community"; In these languages, sangha is frequently used as a surname. In a political context, it was historically used to denote a governing assembly in a republic or a kingdom, and for a long time, it has been used by religious associations, including Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. Given this history, some Buddhists have stated that the tradition of the sangha represents humanity's oldest surviving democratic institution.

In Buddhism, sangha refers to the monastic communities of bhikkhu (monks) and bhikkhuni (nuns). These communities are traditionally referred to as the bhikkhu-sangha or the bhikkhuni-sangha. As a separate category, those Buddhists who have attained any of the four stages of enlightenment, whether or not they are members of the monastic community, are referred to as the āryasaṅgha ("noble Sangha").

According to the Theravada school and Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, the term sangha does not refer to the community of sāvakas (lay followers) nor does it refer to the community of Buddhists as a whole.

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Heart Sutra, Subject-and-Object, training, Lay, Chanting, Impermanence, Nirvana Sutra...
Aug 18 2015


Precepts, Lay, Vinaya, Meditation, Samsara, Intention, lecture, Sangha, Anger,...
Aug 17 2015


Sangha, Precepts, Repentance, Vows, Samsara, Heart Sutra, Meditation, Posture,...
Jul 29 2012


Precepts, Meditation, training, Sangha, Monastic Practice, Vows, Mindfulness, Samadhi...
Aug 07 2010


Repentance, Precepts, Sangha, Posture, Hindrances, Anger, Subject-and-Object,...
Jul 03 2009


Buddha Nature, Heart Sutra, Vows, true dharma, Daily Life, Culture, Subject-and-...
Jan 19 2008

Developing Confidence in Buddha Nature

Serial: SF-00074

Sunday talk.
Koan with the wild ducks; story of the king who questioned the Buddha; report on global warming.

Global Warming, Buddha Mind, Hindrances, Delusion, Practice Period, Dragons, Lineage...
Mar 18 2007
Green Gulch Farm


Dependent Origination, Instruction, Interdependence, Silence, Observe, Patience,...
Jan 19 2007


Buddha Nature, Nirvana Sutra, Attachment, Describe, Samadhi, Bodhidharma, Sangha,...
Jan 14 2007


Heart Sutra, Subject-and-Object, Dharma Transmission, Diversity, Observe, Repentance...
Jan 14 2007

Seijiki Ceremony - Relating to Death and Dying

Serial: SF-00029

Heading into winter; what is the most important thing at the end of your life? taking refuge; how are we also hungry ghosts; six realms.

Ceremony, Offering, Vows, Ordination, Death-and-Dying, Six Realms, Sangha, Emptiness...
Oct 29 2006

Have Some Tea

Serial: SF-00965

Sunday Lecture: "Have you been here before? Have some tea"; judgment and conduct; Four Noble Truths; Eightfold Path; ethics and etiquette

Four Noble Truths, Right Effort, Triple Treasure, Right Speech, Liberation, Renewal,...
May 07 2006
Green Gulch


Anger, Happiness, Gratitude, Dragons, Attachment, Chanting, Greed, Enemies, Sangha,...
Feb 03 2006


Bodhidharma, Four Noble Truths, Attachment, Precepts, Sangha, resistance, Vinaya,...
Feb 02 2006


Lay, Precepts, Funeral, lecture, Sangha, Happiness, Offering, Buddha Nature,...
Feb 02 2006


Offering, Patience, confusion, Sangha, Precepts, Mindfulness, Beginners, Gratitude,...
Feb 01 2006


Offering, Hindrances, Gratitude, New Year, Sangha, difficulty, Chanting, Daily Life,...
Jan 30 2006


Passions, Gratitude, Instruction, Freedom, Sangha, Attachment, Anger, Offering...
Jan 30 2006


Soto Zen, Dharma Transmission, Sangha, Ordination, soto, Enemies, lecture, zen,...
Jan 29 2006

Zendo Lecture

Beginners, Zendo, Chanting, Posture, Delusion, Suzuki Roshi, Sangha, Bell,...
Apr 13 2005

September 8th, 2004, Serial No. 01109

Blue Cliff Record, Delusion, Commitment, Sangha, Patience, Forgiveness, Teacher-and-...
Sep 08 2004
City Center

Dining Room Lecture

Right Speech, Sangha, Practice Period, Dana, Suzuki Roshi, Diversity, Intimacy,...
Apr 27 2004

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-02751

Appreciation for the world happens. Don't go looking for heavenly sights. We get sticky around the beautiful. Master Heretung (?) letter - being in the world without misery...

Family Practice, Emotions, Suzuki Roshi, Peace, Equanimity, Bowing, Dragons, Sangha,...
Dec 03 2003
Green Gulch

Wednesday Lecture

Serial: SF-00948

Buffalo passing through window koan. Farm and draft horses at GGF

Tassajara, Commitment, Monastic Practice, confusion, Practice Period, Conversation,...
Jul 09 2003
Green Gulch


Serial: SF-00154

Wednesday talk.
Poem; anxiety about things finishing; expressing ourselves, failure, resentment.

Happiness, Monastic Practice, Don't Know Mind, Practice Period, Conversation,...
Jun 19 2002

Women Ancestors Class

Precepts, Triple Treasure, Lay, Sangha, Mahayana, Sanctuary, Addiction, Hate,...
Aug 22 2000

Women Ancestors Class

Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Lay, Ceremony, Silence, Freedom, Practice Period,...
Aug 15 2000

The Tenth Precept

Serial: SF-03571

Wednesday Lecture

Triple Treasure, Precepts, Sangha, Suzuki Roshi, Priest-and-Lay, Bodhisattva Precepts...
Aug 09 2000
Green Gulch

Women Ancestors Class

Ceremony, Religion, Teacher-and-Student, Emotions, Sangha, Commitment, Conversation,...
Jul 25 2000

April 12th, 2000, Serial No. 04027

Right Speech, Karma, Freedom, Sangha, Conversation, Precepts
Apr 12 2000
City Center

Stepping Down Ceremony

Serial: SF-03130

"Starts Here"

Blue Cliff Record, Ceremony, realization, Gratitude, Lineage, Letting Go, Faith,...
Feb 12 2000
City Center

January Practice Period

Karma, Dragons, Nirvana, Chanting, New Year, Instruction, Zendo, Faith, Sangha,...
Jan 08 2000
Green Gulch

December 1st, 1999, Serial No. 04062

Vows, Emotions, Letting Go, Humility, Emptiness, Sangha, Patience, resistance,...
Dec 01 1999
City Center

October 23rd, 1999, Serial No. 01114

realization, Blue Cliff Record, Faith, Soto Zen, Religion, Peace, Sangha, resistance...
Oct 23 1999

Sunday Lecture

Precepts, Balance, Bodhisattva Precepts, Evil, Vows, Renunciation, Non-duality,...
Sep 26 1999
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-01872


Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Balance, Vows, Evil, Renunciation, Non-duality,...
Sep 26 1999
Green Gulch


Serial: SF-00032

Sunday talk.

Buddha Nature, Karma, Monkey Mind, Daily Life, Buddha Mind, causation, Sangha,...
Mar 21 1999

Sunday Lecture

Emptiness, Nirvana Sutra, Zazen Mind, Posture, Sangha, Mindfulness, Teacher-and-...
Mar 07 1999
Green Gulch

Buddhism at Millennium's Edge - Seminar 2

Serial: SF-03512

Copyright 1998 by Gary Snyder - Unedited Preview Cassette

Sixth Patriarch, Lotus Sutra, Religion, Priest, Mahayana, Samsara, Sangha, Offering,...

One-day Sitting Lecture

Manjushri, Bodhisattva Precepts, Precepts, Blue Cliff Record, Sangha, Practice Period...
Nov 15 1997
Green Gulch

Precepts Class

Serial: SF-03532

Brief Review of Class 1 - the Three Refuges

Precepts, Emptiness, Triple Treasure, Bodhisattva Precepts, Vows, Buddha Nature,...
Oct 27 1997
Green Gulch

Deep Relaxation - 5 Touchings of the Earth

Serial: SF-04819

Commercially Produced cassette: Sounds True - - Pain, Love and Happiness with Thich Nhat Hanh - September 1-6 1997 Sponsored by the Community of Mindful Living

Peace, Discrimination, Anger, Family Practice, Hate, Happiness, Emotions, Freedom,...
Sep 01 1997

Dharma Talk - Tuesday

Serial: SF-04812

Commercially Produced cassette: Sounds True - - Pain, Love and Happiness with Thich Nhat Hanh - September 1-6 1997 Sponsored by the Community of Mindful Living

Happiness, Sangha, Aspects of Practice, Mindfulness, Forgiveness, Peace, Daily Life,...
Sep 01 1997


Serial: SF-04817

Commercially Produced cassette: Sounds True - - Pain, Love and Happiness with Thich Nhat Hanh - September 1-6 1997 Sponsored by the Community of Mindful Living

Happiness, Daily Life, Freedom, Sangha, Doubt, Birth-and-Death, Buddha Nature,...
Sep 01 1997

Dharma Talk - Saturday

Serial: SF-04821

Commercially Produced cassette: Sounds True - - Pain, Love and Happiness with Thich Nhat Hanh - September 1-6 1997 Sponsored by the Community of Mindful Living

Birth-and-Death, Happiness, Sangha, Lay, Balance, New Year, Describe, Funeral, Anger...
Sep 01 1997

Transmissions of the Mindfulness Trainings

Serial: SF-04814

Commercially Produced cassette: Sounds True - - Pain, Love and Happiness with Thich Nhat Hanh - September 1-6 1997 Sponsored by the Community of Mindful Living

training, Mindfulness, Happiness, Gratitude, Sangha, Daily Life, Anger, Peace,...
Sep 01 1997

Questions and Answers

Serial: SF-04820

Commercially Produced cassette: Sounds True - - Pain, Love and Happiness with Thich Nhat Hanh - September 1-6 1997 Sponsored by the Community of Mindful Living

Happiness, Bell, Freedom, Peace, Daily Life, Birth-and-Death, Mindfulness, Offering,...
Sep 01 1997

Jukai: How Do You Manifest The Precepts In Your Life?

Precepts, Daily Life, Triple Treasure, Repentance, Zazen, Ceremony, Sangha, Buddha...
Jun 25 1997

Think Neither Good Nor Bad

Sangha, resistance, Suzuki Roshi, Anger, Nirvana, Offering, Describe, Lay, confusion...
Apr 30 1997

May 22nd, 1996, Serial No. 02700

Triple Treasure, Monastic Practice, Lay Practice, Priest-and-Lay, Ceremony, Lay,...
May 22 1996