Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities [NOOK Book]

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Friends on the Path presents some of Thich Nhat Hanh's most precious offerings on the necessity of practicing with a Sangha (spiritual community) in order to receive support and encouragement along the way. This anthology also includes contributions from Dharma teachers and Sangha leaders from around the world based on many years of experience and gives sage advice from these teachers on how to build and sustain a Sangha.
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Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities

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Overview

Friends on the Path presents some of Thich Nhat Hanh's most precious offerings on the necessity of practicing with a Sangha (spiritual community) in order to receive support and encouragement along the way. This anthology also includes contributions from Dharma teachers and Sangha leaders from around the world based on many years of experience and gives sage advice from these teachers on how to build and sustain a Sangha.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935209560
  • Publisher: Parallax Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 779,204
  • File size: 410 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 Living Spiritual Communities
1 Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century 9
2 Go As a Sangha 17
What Is a Sangha? 18
Sangha As Our Roots 19
We Need a Sangha 21
How a Sangha Helps Us 22
Practice Is Easier with a Sangha 24
I Take Refuge in the Sangha 26
Practicing in the Sangha 28
The Sangha Isn't Perfect 30
The Sangha As Our Mirror 32
True Transmission 38
Building a Sangha 45
Part 2 Gathering Good Friends
3 Sharing the Path: An Overview of Lay Sangha Practice 51
Introduction 51
An Evening with a Lay Sangha 55
Getting Started 60
Sangha Practice 64
So Many Choices! 68
Weekly Sangha Format 70
Other Sangha Practices 71
Different Forms of Sangha 73
Sustaining Sangha Practice 77
Sangha Practice As Engaged Practice 82
Part 3 Practicing in Community
4 Here Is the Pure Land--the Pure Land Is Here 89
5 Offering to the Land Ancestors 95
6 Coming Together to Realize Our True Home 97
7 A Year of Inclusiveness and Forgiveness 101
Part 4 Sangha-Building
8 On Not Collecting Cows: Sangha-Building in a Rural Area 109
9 Sangha-Building 113
10 Some Experiences with Local Sangha Organizing 115
11 The Ever-Expanding Nature of Sangha Practice 123
12 A Little Seed Has Sprouted 129
13 On the Path to Liberation: Insights and Experiences with Communities 135
14 Mindfulness Practice Centers 141
Part 5 Sangha Practice
15 A Rare Haven 147
16 Intergenerational Practice 149
17 Dharma Discussions: Practice and Community 153
18 The Importance of Right Speech and Humility 157
19 Walking on Ice 159
20 Beginning Anew: Opening the Heart Practice for Individuals, Sanghas, and Society 165
21 What If Nobody Shows Up? 173
Part 6 Practicing with Young People
22 The Flowers of Our Sangha: Practicing with Young People 179
23 Cultivating Family Practice in the Sangha 183
24 Generation Present Moment: Mindfulness Camp for Teenagers at Deer Park 189
25 My True Home 193
26 Hovering with Your Children 199
Part 7 Engaged Practice
27 Profoundly Grateful: The Experience of Organizing and Participating in a Sangha Support Group 203
28 Sangha-Building in a Massachusetts Prison: An Interview with James G. 209
29 Embracing Diversity in the Mindfulness, Diversity, and Social Change Sangha 215
30 Directing the Mind towards Practices in Diversity 225
Part 8 A Taste of Community Life
31 England: The Cambridge Sangha 231
32 United States: Our Second Anniversary Tea Ceremony 233
33 Italy: Amici di Thay Sangha 237
34 Australia: A Sense of Sangha 239
35 Holland: Feeling the Sangha in Nijmegen 243
36 Canada: Building a Sangha Is a Team Effort 247
37 Israel: Planting Seeds of Peace in the Middle East 251
38 Germany: What the Geese Know 259
Closing: A Gift for Thay 261
Appendix I Mindfulness Trainings
The Five Mindfulness Trainings 265
The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings 267
Appendix II Contemplations
The Five Contemplations 275
The Two Promises 276
The Five Remembrances 277
Metta as Diversity Practice 278
Orange Meditation 282
Appendix III Practices
Tea Ceremony 285
Flower-Watering 288
Beginning Anew 289
Peace Treaty and Peace Note 291
Shining the Light 294
Second Body Practice 296
Notes 299
Contributors 303
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