“Sangha means spiritual community, and it is treasured because without it awakening cannot be sustained.”
~ Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
Sangha is one of the precious jewels of Buddhist practice, yet when new to a sangha, it can be difficult to meet others, learn what programs are offered, and feel a sense of belonging. The Welcoming Committee was formed in June 2018 to make this process easier, help newcomers feel welcome, and foster the experience of connection and community. Our intentions include having a diverse committee that will support a rich, inclusive sangha where all feel welcome and safe.
To give newcomers an overview of our sangha and its offerings, we’ve developed a Welcoming Committee brochure. We’re also available to talk with you at the end of Wednesday sangha, and we’re providing name tags for those open to wearing one. The name tags are reusable, and we’ll keep them for you between meetings. These are just a few of our initiatives and ideas. Others are listed below.
We’d also be happy to have additional members. If you might like to join our committee, please review our Welcoming Committee Responsibilities and talk with us at Wednesday evening sangha.
As a new committee, our plans are a work in progress, and we’re very interested in your suggestions, feedback, and questions. Please talk with one of us or email us at [email protected]. Our members are listed below.
Some current initiatives:
– Have committee members available to talk with newcomers and other interested members of the sangha.
– Share information through brochures, the Triangle Insight newsletter, and this website.
– Make available name tags, which those attending sangha have the option of wearing.
– Have a sign-up sheet to receive Triangle Insight’s monthly newsletter.
– Plan small group gatherings where newcomers can meet and get to know others in the sangha.
– Deepen our understanding of any barriers newcomers experience and find ways to reduce those and encourage more inclusiveness.
With shared commitment to the dharma, we hope our work will be of benefit to all who join us in this practice.
Cornelia “Kip” Lee