Community, Order. This may refer to the entire community of bhikkhus or bhikkhunis, or to the community present in a particular boundary. For the latter, there must be at least four bhikkhus to be reckoned as a sangha.
Community. This may refer to the entire Community of bhikkhus or bhikkhunis, or to the Community living in a particular location. In this book I have tried to distinguish between the two by calling the first Sangha, and the second Community, but there are some contexts where it is difficult to draw a clear line between the two.
The spiritual community of those sincerely following the same spiritual path. According to the Vinaya tradition, any community of four or more fully ordained monks or nuns. In general, ordained or lay people who take Bodhisattva vows or Tantric vows can also be said to be Sangha.
the sacred community of enlightened beings and of those now on the path to enlightenment. Some traditions reserve this term for monastic sangha, some include the entire community. (pali source) community of monks and nuns. As one of the Triple Jems it means the community of enlightenment.
The Buddhist monastic order. The corporate assembly of at least 3 monks under a chairman, empowered to hear confession, grant absolution and ordain. In general terms, it refers to any community practising the Buddhist Way.
The community of the Buddha's disciples. On the ideal level, this refers to all those, whether lay or ordained, who have reached at least the path to stream entry (see magga). On the conventional level, it refers to the Buddhist monkhood. In Thai, it also refers to the central administration of the Thai monkhood and to any individual monk. Traditionally, Sangha does NOT refer to all Buddhists. The traditional term for the entire "assembly" of the Buddha's followers -- ordained or not, awakened or not -- is buddha-parisa. The reason for this distinction is that Sangha is one of a Buddhist's three refuges, and not all members of the buddha-parisa can be taken as refuge.
A word with several associations. One meaning refers specifically to the Aryasangha (Pali Ariyasangha -- those who have attained to the supramundane Path). Another meaning is the patimokkha sangha -- the community of ordained monks and nuns. Western Mahayanists sometimes use the word in yet a third sense, to refer to the "mahasangha" -- the community of all believers. The Sangha that is referred to in the Triple Gem is the Ariyasangha; from an orthodox viewpoint (whether Theravada or Mahayana), beings who have not cut off the defilements are not a satisfactory object of refuge.
a community where many people know how to live deeply in the present moment, there are people who know how to smile, how to enjoy walking and sitting, and if you bring yourself to that environment you will feel better right away
The term sangha refers alternatively to the community of practitioners of the Buddhist path; and those beings who have attained direct realization of the nature of reality, one of the three jewels of refuge.
The community of the Buddha's followers. On the conventional level, this refers to the Buddhist monkhood. On the ideal (ariya) level, it refers to those of the Buddha's followers â€” whether lay or ordained â€” who have practiced to the point of gaining at least the first of the transcendent qualities culminating in Liberation.
Community. This may refer to the entire Community of bhikkhus or bhikkhuniis, or to the Community living in a particular location. In passages where the distinction between the two is important, I have used Sa"ngha to denote the first, and Community the second.
On the conventional (sammati) level, this term denotes the communities of Buddhist monks and nuns; on the ideal (ariya) level, it denotes those followers of the Buddha, lay or ordained, who have attained at least stream-entry.
Sanskrit; a term for the Buddhist monastic community which has recently come to include the entire community of Buddhist practitioners; it is considered one of the three jewels of Buddhism (along with the Buddha and the Dharma).
(Skt.): Spiritual community. 1. In the broadest sense; whole community of Buddhists: monks, nuns and lay people up to enlightened BODHISATTVAS (this is not the original meaning of Sangha). 2. More restricted: monks and nuns. 3. Most specific: ARYA-beings.
(Skt); dge dun (Tib). This term has several meanings. It may refer to the ordained communities of monks and nuns (ordinary sangha) or to objects of refuge, ie to the third of the three Precious Jewels. These are the sublime, or arya sangha, who have attained direct realisation of emptiness.
In Jainism, Sangha can mean the assembly of monks, nuns, lay men and women (termed chatrividha sangha) of a region. It can also mean an order of monks and nuns, along with its branches. For example Mula Sangha represents practically all the branches of the Digambar Jain monks and nuns.