We encourage everyone to join a sangha near you, or participate in activities with a community of mindfulness practice so you can profit from the collective energy of mindfulness, peace and joy.
If you wish to start a sangha, we encourage it very much and are happy to support you in the initiative state. Plum Village are happy to support us with facilitation courses, so if you wish to join one, please let us know. One thing that can also be helpful is a facilitation handbook that you can apply for here (see the link in the bottom of the page)
A SHORT GUIDE TO JOINING OR STARTING A SANGHA
By the Plum Village team
A sangha is the best way to practice meditation, as it offers deep support and wisdom for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike, and can start with a minimum of four practitioners. Not only do they help create a routine and improve individual practice, but the energy of a community of practitioners can create ripples of understanding and compassion that reverberate throughout society and the world.
Thay shares some guideline on how to build a sangha - they relate to monastic sanghas, but can equally be applied to a lay community.
The Six Togethernesses a real sangha must practice:
1. Body: being physically present in one place
2. Mindfulness training
3. Sharing: dharma discussion; nonverbal action; presence. (View, insight, understanding, wisdom)
4. Speech: loving; calm and gentle
5. Material resources: shared equally
6. Happy and joyful; synthesis of all ideas.