Thank you for your interest in the Manchester Buddhism Sangha. We have suspended our weekly meditation and dharma discussion meetings due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have also suspended our monthly in-person book discussions. We will resume these meetings as soon as it is safe for us to get back together.
From June 17 through October 21, 2020 we are presenting a series of bi-weekly Zoom meetings entitled “The Buddhist Zoom Café.” Please check the event listings on this website for the schedule and details.
The Manchester Buddhism Sangha was founded in 2006 to connect people in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA and vicinity who share a serious interest in Buddhism. Our group is independent, meaning it is not affiliated with a formal Buddhist temple or center (although some of our members are). We learn from a variety of Buddhist teachers and teachings, and do not adhere to any particular school of Buddhism. We are peer-led and strive to provide a peaceful and respectful atmosphere for learning, sharing, and discussing.
Membership in this Meetup group is free. If you become a member, it is always appreciated if you would RSVP for any meeting you plan to attend, either via this Meetup site, or by contacting the organizer (also via this site).
About the meaning of the word "Sangha":
Historically the word "Sangha" meant a formal Buddhist community made up of ordained monks and nuns. Today, "Sangha" can also mean a community of lay practitioners. The Manchester Buddhism Sangha includes people who consider themselves to be Buddhists, as well as those who are simply interested in learning more about Buddhism as a religion, as a path to enlightenment or fulfillment, and/or as a philosophy.
According to the Uppadha Sutta, through the "sangha" we have "admirable friendship, admirable companionship and admirable camaraderie." This is not easy to find!