Today we are burdened with sanghas,
Groups that parade as vehicles for awakening,
Groups that construct a space for sitting and walking, but also for inclusion and exclusion,
Groups that need members to survive, money to pay the bills, and your commitment to their way,
Groups that are numbered and distinct – the Zen group, the Tibetan group, the Secular group, the Non-Group group,
Groups that preach the way is universal, open to all, but create email lists to announce their services to a few.
You can sit with us once, twice, three times or four, but eventually we want your name and number, your hard earned dollars (anything will do, we have cookies to buy to feed those inside), your continued participation in what we do, what happens behind these walls.
Buddhism will flourish when there are no more sanghas,
When these boundaries are laughed at,
When groups cannot form because there is no one to exclude,
When money is unnecessary because there is nothing to support,
When it is seen that no space is necessary to build for meditation, that your very body and mind is the lotus of awakening,
When there is no commitment needed, just a sincere heart, a pure mind, and a pounding question – What is it!
Some will say this is idealism, this is unpractical, this is naive:
They mistake Buddhism for a cheap trick, sowing the seeds of continued hatred, greed, and delusion.
We need only take a lesson from our fellow Christians:
When two or three come together in Meditation, the Way is revealed.
But why stop there!
When even one takes up the Path, the Way is revealed.
No members, no group, no walls – no this or that – no sanghas.
Just Sangha, Just Dharma, Just Buddha –
Just This, Just Here, Just Now!