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Spiritual Practice for a Global Sangha

Sangha in Historical Context The term sangha, a word that means “assembly” or “gathering,” has now become part of English parlance, together with other terms from the Buddhist tradition, such as nirvana, dharma, and of course, Buddha. Buddhists throughout the world chant in the Pali language, “Buddham saranam gacchami, Dhammam saranam gacchami, Sangham saranam gacchami, ” which means “I go to the Buddha for refuge, I go to the Dharma for refuge, I go to the Sangha for refuge.” What is the sangha in this context, when it is invoked as a “refuge,” along with Buddha and Dharma? Historically speaking, “Buddha,” a term meaning “Awakened One,” was used to refer to a man who was born, lived, and di

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