A place of quiet reflection to explore one’s path to awakening in a community setting.
In 1998, three members of the Indianapolis-area Sangha attended a retreat in Vermont led by Thich Nhat Hanh. At the retreat, Thay stressed the importance of Sangha as a way maintain the practice of meditation. To support their practice, the three began meeting and others soon joined them.
We come together each week to learn from the wisdom of the a variety of teachers and traditions and to use the teachings to bring mindfulness to all aspects of our lives. Our members represent a diversity of spiritual backgrounds and traditions.
The precepts of interbeing
As part of our commitment to right living, we read and meditate on the precepts as a way to inform our daily lives. The precepts are as follows:
- Be open to receive others’ viewpoints, to learn through out your entire life.
- Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering.
- Find ways to be with those who are suffering to awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.
- Live simply and share time, energy and material resources with those in need.
- Do not maintain anger or hatred. Learn to look at other beings with the eyes of compassion.
- Practice breathing in order to regain composure of body and mind, to practice mindfulness and to develop concentration and understanding.
- Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.
- Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice even when doing so may threaten your own safety.
- Find whatever means possible to protect life and to prevent war.
- Respect the property of others, but prevent others from enriching themselves from the suffering of other beings.
- Do not mistreat the body. Preserve vital energies for the realization of the way. Live in a way that will create a better future for our children.
—adapted from the 14 precepts of Thich Nhat Hanh