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Sangha is Essential

We Are Not Alone


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For practitioners in hyper-individualized societies, sangha can be a neglected jewel. What possibilities emerge when we embrace the gifts and complexities of community?
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“In the challenge that we are in the midst of, to validate and normalize our difficulty, our fear, our pain, our anger, our confusion, our grief, is so helpful.”

“We can offer each other this magic of being together in silence, where there’s this field, this sense of a field of practice, where I feel supported in that noble pursuit of the path; in this realm of the wordless, we’re forging a way together with such honesty and dedication.”

“We can help each other awaken. What looks like a solo effort, this practice of awakening, is truly a group project in that way.”

“Sangha is here for us in the natural world. We can build the skill for listening to the wordless; and then we can discover, even deeper, the beings there that have their own autonomy… A place can become a friend.”

A transcript of this talk is available here: Sangha Is Essential – Kristin Barker.

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Kristin Barker

Kristin is co-founder and director of One Earth Sangha whose mission is to cultivate a Buddhist response to ecological crises. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program and now teaches with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (DC). As a co-founder of White Awake, Kristin has been supporting white people since 2011 with a Dharma approach to uprooting racism in ourselves and in our world. With a background in software engineering as well as environmental management, she has worked at several international environmental organizations. She is a GreenFaith Fellow and serves on the advisory board of Project Inside Out. Kristin was born and raised in northern New Mexico and currently lives in Washington DC, traditional lands of the Piscataway peoples.
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