Having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues is actually the whole of the holy life.
~ The Buddha
Kalyana Mitta is a Pali phrase that means “spiritual friend.” Kalyana Mitta (KM) Groups are small peer groups of individuals who are committed to supporting one another in their practice and journey to spiritual awakening. Because these groups are small and meet regularly over an extended period of time, they allow the development of intimacy and trust. Members can share openly and deeply, and the heart of the dharma is enriched in their practice and their daily lives.
At the September 2014 Triangle Insight meeting, many expressed a great interest in participating in this type of small, spiritual friends group. We feel deep gratitude for the energy and dedication of our community and the growth of the Kalyana Mitta program.
The links on the right include information about how to start or join a KM Group, guidelines for group development and mindful sharing, and other helpful resources. There is also a link to a list of Triangle Insight’s KM Groups
If you’d like to join a group, please send us the KM-RA Questionnaire
. Our program continues to evolve, and we welcome your input. Please send ideas for starting a group, questions about joining a group, and questions or suggestions about the KM program to Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator, at [email protected]
. May our Kalyana Mitta groups be of great benefit to all.
Kalyana Mitta Coordinating Team
Liaison to the Teachers Group: Jeanne van Gemert
KM Coordinator: Sarah Tillis
Advisors: Tom Howlett, Tamara Share, Sarah Tillis