The Daily Dharma – July 22, 2021

The Sangha is Our Doorway

Oil painting night scene of a full moon rising over the Taos Pueblo with a lit horno.
Moon over Pueblo Painting Seamus Berkeley

According to what I have said, the Sangha is the door of our true home. Therefore, Sangha-building must be our daily practice. We practice mindfulness in order to realize that everything around us can be an element of our Sangha. Everything around us can be part of our true home.

We know that in every society, every nation, the problem of giving each person a home is important. There are so many homeless people. Spiritually speaking, many of us do not have a home to go back to. That is why the practice of taking refuge is so important. We have to learn to go home every day, and our home is available in the here and in the now. Our living faith is our home.

Thich Nhat Hanh
from Going Home; Jesus and Buddha as Brothers