The World Beat Sangha (WBS) is gathering of people who practice in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We created the WBS to provide a chance for all of us busy and committed people to come together in mindful awareness, to be quiet, to be calm, to stop-- together. We come to the sangha to take care of ourselves in a safe place and in community with others who share our practice.
What is a Sangha?
A Sangha is a community of friends practicing mindful living together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness.
Who can attend the World Beat Sangha?
The sangha is open to all peoples, of all ages, from all traditions, for beginners to experienced practitioners.
Anyone can attend who wishes to learn about mindfulness and meditation, to deepen their own practice and to support others who wish to deepen theirs.
What should I bring? Wear?
You should wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. You can bring a blanket and a cushion to sit on or sit in a chair.
Why build a Sangha?
Thich Nhat Hanh talks about the important of building sangha in his book, Friends on the Path,
“Alone we are vulnerable, but with brothers and sisters to work with, we can support each other. We cannot go to the ocean as a drop of water—we would evaporate before reaching our destination. But if we become a river, if we go as a Sangha, we are sure to arrive at the ocean. ..If we support each other, we become much stronger, and we can more easily resist the temptations of despair. We should not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by despair… a Sangha can help us from sinking into despair. Sangha-building is the most important action ..of our century.
Where does the Sangha meet?
We meet at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park every Sunday at 5pm. We think it is the perfect place, so reminiscent of our ancestors, so filled with positive energy for the present and future generations. The WorldBeat Cultural Center is dedicated to promoting peace and creating unity and diversity
When does the Sangha meet?
The WBS meets Sunday from 5pm-6:30pm. All you need to do is come and join us. There is no fee or requirements to attend.
Where can I find more information?
If you want to learn more about sanghas, Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities by Thich Nhat Hanh is a wonderful book. You can learn more about the Plum Village tradition at www.deeparkmonastery.org If you would like to be in the Sangha, or would like more information, please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 997-9983.
A Lotus to you, a Sangha member to be.