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  • Shohei
    Member
    • Oct 2007
    • 2854

    A few simple thoughts on Sangha

    Hiyas
    Just a few thoughts on Sangha that came to mind as of late, hope you do not mind!

    Now in besides being the third jewel (though not in any order of importance as all three are one and each the other), we usually see sangha as a group of like-minded practitioners of the way supporting each other in practice. Of course there is more to that than meets the eye.

    In taking refuge in the sangha we work together to support each other, accept each other as we are. In doing so we often liken it to rock tumbler… we do not always agree, nor do we always get along perfectly. That brings me to the whole point of sangha, we learn at first to accept and support each other, and grind off some of our rigid points to allow room for others perspective open-mindedness(read: play nice despite our differences).

    Taking refuge in the Sangha does not mean we stay in the cosy warm safety of like minded folks of course, this means we learn from each other to have an open mind and extend our understanding to allow room for other views. If we can accept the few (or sometimes many… depending on the time and space) differences we find in our sangha, then we must also turn that understanding and open mindedness to the wide world, to the sangha of our family, friends, neighbors, and our work place, birds, trees, rocks, and the myriad of things that support us that go unnoticed. The sangha that cannot exclude anyone that includes our less preferable persons in our lives (noting of course we give those that cause us harm wide berth and learn from their teachings from a safe distance).

    Like the fish caught Myozan's attention, provided inspiration for his wonderful talk and great way to liken sangha, that fish jumping into the stream ventured beyond its safety.
    We must also venture to jump clear of the water once in awhile to realize that the river, the air, the rocks, the entire universe, are nothing more than this precious sangha.

    All this to say that right now, I want to put forward my unending gratitude to all of you (in the ten directions too) for your support, your teachings, and your encouragement. In my times of greatest need you all have shown me the way (weather you know it or not) and given me the support and understanding needed to take turn this around to the wider sangha.


    Countless deep bows to you all.

    Shohei
  • ghop
    Member
    • Jan 2010
    • 438

    #2
    Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

    and a very deep bow to you Shohei

    i don't think anyone could've put it better

    gassho
    Greg

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    • Shokai
      Treeleaf Priest
      • Mar 2009
      • 6391

      #3
      Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

      _/_
      合掌,生開
      gassho, Shokai

      仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

      "Open to life in a benevolent way"

      https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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      • Jiken
        Member
        • Jan 2011
        • 753

        #4
        Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

        Deep bows to you as well Shohei. I am grateful for having you in the rock tumbler with me

        Daido

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        • Shugen
          Treeleaf Unsui
          • Nov 2007
          • 4535

          #5
          A few simple thoughts on Sangha

          _/|_


          Shugen
          Meido Shugen
          明道 修眼

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          • Ekai
            Member
            • Feb 2011
            • 664

            #6
            Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

            What a beautiful post. I, too, have much gratitude for all Treeleafers, Unsui's, Unsui's to be, Jundo & Taigu and the Sangha that extends beyond the Treeleaf circle. We are all interconnected in this universe and to treat all sentient beings with loving kindness and compassion whether they are a Buddhist or not, will only help to create more peace and harmony in the world even if it's just a little bit. A small act of kindness creates a ripple effect that may travel a wide distance while inspiring others on the way.

            Gassho,
            Ekai

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            • Dokan
              Friend of Treeleaf
              • Dec 2010
              • 1222

              #7
              Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

              Was reading Eihei Koroku this morning and this post shines with similar wisdom. Who is it that we practice with? Who is it we help? With whom do we get frustrated with?

              Gassho

              Dokan
              We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
              ~Anaïs Nin

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              • Rich
                Member
                • Apr 2009
                • 2601

                #8
                Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

                Thank you
                _/_
                _/_
                Rich
                MUHYO
                無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

                https://instagram.com/notmovingmind

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                • Omoi Otoshi
                  Member
                  • Dec 2010
                  • 801

                  #9
                  A few simple thoughts on Sangha

                  So close, no matter how far
                  Couldn't be much more from the heart
                  Forever trusting who we are
                  and nothing else matters

                  Never opened myself this way
                  Life is ours, we live it our way
                  All these words I don't just say
                  and nothing else matters

                  Trust I seek and I find in you
                  Every day for us something new
                  Open mind for a different view
                  and nothing else matters

                  never cared for what they do
                  never cared for what they know
                  but I know

                  So close, no matter how far
                  Couldn't be much more from the heart
                  Forever trusting who we are
                  and nothing else matters

                  never cared for what they do
                  never cared for what they know
                  but I know

                  Never opened myself this way
                  Life is ours, we live it our way
                  All these words I don't just say

                  Trust I seek and I find in you
                  Every day for us, something new
                  Open mind for a different view
                  and nothing else matters

                  never cared for what they say
                  never cared for games they play
                  never cared for what they do
                  never cared for what they know
                  and I know

                  So close, no matter how far
                  Couldn't be much more from the heart
                  Forever trusting who we are
                  No, nothing else matters
                  In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
                  you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
                  now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
                  the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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                  • Seimyo
                    Member
                    • Jan 2012
                    • 861

                    #10
                    Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

                    Well said Shohei.

                    Gassho,
                    Chris

                    明 Seimyō (Christhatischris)

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                    • Kaishin
                      Member
                      • Dec 2010
                      • 2322

                      #11
                      Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

                      _/_
                      Thanks,
                      Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
                      Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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                      • Ekai
                        Member
                        • Feb 2011
                        • 664

                        #12
                        Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

                        Originally posted by Omoi Otoshi
                        So close, no matter how far
                        Couldn't be much more from the heart
                        Forever trusting who we are
                        and nothing else matters

                        Never opened myself this way
                        Life is ours, we live it our way
                        All these words I don't just say
                        and nothing else matters

                        Trust I seek and I find in you
                        Every day for us something new
                        Open mind for a different view
                        and nothing else matters

                        never cared for what they do
                        never cared for what they know
                        but I know

                        So close, no matter how far
                        Couldn't be much more from the heart
                        Forever trusting who we are
                        and nothing else matters

                        never cared for what they do
                        never cared for what they know
                        but I know

                        Never opened myself this way
                        Life is ours, we live it our way
                        All these words I don't just say

                        Trust I seek and I find in you
                        Every day for us, something new
                        Open mind for a different view
                        and nothing else matters

                        never cared for what they say
                        never cared for games they play
                        never cared for what they do
                        never cared for what they know
                        and I know

                        So close, no matter how far
                        Couldn't be much more from the heart
                        Forever trusting who we are
                        No, nothing else matters
                        Sounds like there's a Metallica fan in the house

                        Gassho,
                        Ekai

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                        • Omoi Otoshi
                          Member
                          • Dec 2010
                          • 801

                          #13
                          A few simple thoughts on Sangha

                          Yes, at least I used to be!
                          Heard it on the radio and realized it's about Sangha!

                          Thanks Shohei!

                          /Pontus
                          In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
                          you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
                          now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
                          the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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                          • Risho
                            Member
                            • May 2010
                            • 3179

                            #14
                            Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

                            Thanks Shohei!
                            Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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                            • Geika
                              Treeleaf Unsui
                              • Jan 2010
                              • 4980

                              #15
                              Re: A few simple thoughts on Sangha

                              _/_ Sangha.
                              求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
                              I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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