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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Sangha

Tomorrow I am going to visit a sangha in the style of Thich Nhat Hanh and I am excited but nervous at the same time.

Having grown up Mormon I am a little leary of attaching myself again to a "religious community." I had another bad experience when my wife and I visited a strict Soto/Rinzai combined Zen sangha.

We just were not ready for it.

This sangha, however, sounds like it has a good balance between structure and relaxation.

I'll let you all know how it goes tomorrow evening.

-Peace to you all-

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4 comments:

Amadeus said...

Having grown up Mormon I am a little leary of attaching myself again to a "religious community." I had another bad experience when my wife and I visited a strict Soto/Rinzai combined Zen sangha.

I didn't feel so bad at being part of the Catholic community back in junior high, early high school, but it was a situation whereas I sometimes had a hard time relating to others. There semed to be a lack of closeness that existed that I couldn't quite come to understand.

When I finally broke with the church, I got involved in a Portland zendo that seemed to be too rigid for it's own good. I actually don't like sitting with westerners (American Zenners) that much as my experience has such been a poor one.

I guess I can relate to the feelings you are describing. Although, I am open to sitting with various sangha, I enjoy being part of a vast array of them. In Oregon, it is possible as there are so many Buddhist schools, sitting groups and temples.

I have to say that my favorite Sangha right now is the virtual one. I have enjoyed connecting with all of those in the buddhist blog-o-sphere. It is a priceless experience. I wonder what Buddha would think?

I hope you enjoy the new experience tommorrow.

~Amadeus

James said...

I think the virtual sangha is very acceptable. I think that the Buddha would be more thank o.k. with this new type of sangha. There are some 82,000 ways to enlightenment after all.

Zen Unbound said...

A Mad God: Are you suggesting that we Western Zenners are skanky? not pleasant to the nose? I may have to report your 'attitude situation' to the karma committee.

And as for you, Jamie: I think you can have hope that TNT's group will be quite different from the Morms. Sure, not every stranger is jolly and lovable and easy to be with, like me, but if you just give everybody a big bearhug from the getgo, and pass out cigars, they are sure to love ya. [Oh, and try not to pass any gas when you're sitting; it upsets the sensitive types.] Remember: You have as much right to be there as anybody. MORE, even. So eat hardy from the buffet table.

Amadeus said...

A Mad God: Are you suggesting that we Western Zenners are skanky? not pleasant to the nose? I may have to report your 'attitude situation' to the karma committee.

Of course???? As for the Karma Committee, I am on that one so just send me an email and we will review it and get back to you. ~Amadeus

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