Community (sangha) is the oft-neglected third refuge of the dharma. ‘Awakening community’ has a double meaning – breathing life into the communal dimension of our practice, and the communal engagement that contributes to our personal awakening. Both refer to the dharma as an ethical path, one rooted in care and compassion.
We will start by teasing out aspects of the ancient city in the Buddha’s parable about it, and then draw on elements of modern western thought and practice that help us to crystallise what this ancient model might mean in our own time.
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About the teachers
Winton Higgins teaches regularly for Blue Gum and Golden Wattle sanghas, occasionally at Beaches sangha and residential retreats for SIM, which he helped to found in 2005. Since that time Winton’s meditation teaching has developed towards non-formulaic insight practice based on the Buddha’s original teachings, while his dharmic orientation inclines towards secular Buddhism. He fosters interest in the original teachings and their affinity with modern streams of thought and progressive social commitments. Winton is a social science academic and a writer.
Elaine Kelly has been interested in Buddhism for about 10 years, but only started practising regularly a few years ago. Since that time she has come to value the dharma as a spiritual, practical and philosophical system. She has a decade of teaching experience at universities in Sydney and a doctorate in critical and cultural studies. She is passionate about social justice, refugee rights and climate change.
More information is on our Teachers' page
In keeping with the 2,500 year old tradition the teachers are not paid for teaching the dharma. Dana is the practice of generosity through which we offer donations to our teachers as a sign of our respect for the teaching and its value in our lives.
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