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Message from Valerie: Sangha as Treasure

March 6, 2023

Sitting at my desk, the Jemez mountains shimmering in the distance call to mind the sangha treasure: the community of practitioners – at Mountain Cloud and in the cloud – and the 10,000 myriad things, including the clouds gathered over the snow-capped mountains. Support all around.

Each time we sit, we are immersed in the support of the Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. Buddha: The Awakened One and awakening itself – boundless, timeless, infinite possibilities, source of compassion; Dharma: the rich tradition of the teachings and the function of awakening, things as they are; and Sangha: the community of practice, including the great diversity of beings and things, all sharing in, exploring, and embodying this world.

Buddha, Dharma, Sangha: These are three names for who we are.        

The Buddha said where there is sangha, all three treasures are present, freely functioning.

This coming Thursday, Mountain Cloud will gather in the root expression of sangha: zazen. After a round of sitting, we will enter into a listening session focused on the life of the community. Please join us to hear about projects and possibilities already underway and to share your voice and vision for what is yet to come.

May the sangha as treasure be manifest among us and may all beings know harmony, creativity, and love.
with gratitude and love,

Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

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