Sangha Body

Everyone who comes to practice is a member of the sangha. Even if we come to Plum Village for only one week, our presence and our practice can contribute to the vitality and harmony of the sangha.

In society, much of our suffering comes from feeling disconnected from one another. We often don’t feel a real connection even with people we live close to, such as our neighbors, our co-workers and even our family members. Each person lives separately, cut off from the support of the community. Being with the Sangha can heal these feelings of isolation and separation. We practice together, share a room together, eat side by side and clean pots together. Just by participating with other practitioners in the daily activities we can experience a tangible feeling of love and acceptance.

Thay often says that the sangha is a garden, full of many varieties of trees and flowers. When we can look at ourselves and at others as beautiful, unique flowers and trees we can truly grow to understand and love one another. One flower may bloom early in the spring and another flower may bloom in late summer. One tree may bear many fruits and another tree may offer cool shade. No one plant is greater, or lesser, or the same as any other plant in the garden. Each member of the sangha also has unique gifts to offer to the community. We each have areas that need attention as well. When we can appreciate each member’s contribution and see our weaknesses as potential for growth we can learn to live together harmoniously. Our practice is to see that we are a flower or a tree, and we are the whole garden as well, all interconnected.

Do not miss :

24 September 2020 - 19:00 : Thursday evening meditation
25 September 2020 - 7:30 : Méditations du matin
28 September 2020 - 7:30 : Méditations du matin
28 September 2020 - 19:00 : Méditation du lundi soir
29 September 2020 - 7:30 : Méditations du matin
30 September 2020 - 7:30 : Méditations du matin
30 September 2020 - 14:00 : Groupe de méditation Ste-Mary-IPCAM
30 September 2020 - 19:00 : Méditation du mercredi soir
01 October 2020 - 7:30 : Méditations du matin
01 October 2020 - 19:00 : Thursday evening meditation
Just as vegetation is sensible to sunlight, mental formations are sensitive to mindfulness. Mindfulness is the energy that can embrace and transform all mental formations. Mindfulness helps us leave behind "upside-down perceptions" and wakes us up to what is happening.
- Thich Nhat Hanh