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Buddhadharma : Fall 2011
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly fall 2 0 11 28 The Third Root: Community Support In a relationship in which you and your partner share the same kind of aspirations, then you become one, and together you become an instrument of love and peace. Whatever you do, you do together, because you are a community, a sangha of two people, of three or four people, or of one hundred people who have faith in the same thing: that we have the capacity to understand better, to love better, and to have more happiness. After his enlightenment, the first thing the Buddha did was to look for fellow practitioners so he could build a sangha. We can’t find happiness unless we have a refuge. I live in a community of monks, nuns, and laypeople at the Plum Village Meditation Practice Center in southwest France. My com- munity is my true home. Even if you are just two people, if you nourish each other’s joy and mindfulness, then you have a sangha, a mindful community. If your family only has two people, that is the smallest sangha. If you have a child, you have three sangha members. If you live with more people, you have a sangha of four, or five, or more. Your family is your home, your refuge. With our faith in our community of two or more, we can go anywhere. The sangha is like the earth. It can absorb so have faith in it. If there is no result, then we should not have faith in it just because of custom, scripture, or some spiritual teacher.” The Second Root: Practice No matter how much we want to commit to a healthy rela- tionship, there are so many external messages teaching us to go after our cravings. We are full of so many old habits. If we don’t practice mindfulness, our cravings and sensual desires will overwhelm us. Happiness is made up of our mindfulness, concentration, and insight. Each time we practice sitting medi- tation, walking meditation, awareness of breathing, loving speech, deep listening, or any other mindfulness practice, our roots are growing stronger and deeper and we are gaining more solidity and strength. If we practice conscious breathing, we will calm the turmoil and sorrow in our minds whenever they appear. If at first our practice is not successful, we continue until we see the results. When we see that the practice works, slowly our faith in it grows. Our faith is always based on empirical evidence. We do not believe it just because it has been repeated many times by others. photo setH restaiNo ricHardfriday