Mindful living protects us and helps us go in the direction of peace. With the support of friends in the practice, peace has a chance.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

What is the sangha?

Insight meditation is an introspective practice. At the same time it is a practice that arises from, and intimately reconnects us with, a world that we inhabit with others. The support of a community can therefore be crucial in developing an ongoing meditation practice.

For many this support is found in the sangha. Broadly speaking, the sangha refers to the community that practises the dharma (the teachings of the Buddha). In the sangha we find a community that values and supports our capacity to live mindfully.

The Bluegum Sangha is one of seven sister sanghas associated with Sydney Insight Meditators and the Australian Insight Meditation Network. It is a group that provides the opportunity to meditate with others once a week, hear Buddhist teachings, be informed about upcoming meditation retreats and activities, and study and discuss the dharma.

At the Bluegum Sangha we offer a secular environment from which to engage with dharma practice, while also drawing inspiration from teachings found in traditional schools of Buddhism.

Above all else we support each other – experienced meditators and beginners alike – in bringing mindful inquiry into our lives, so as to realise wisdom and compassion in ourselves, and in others.