Facets of the Sangha,
I don’t know if this will be the first and last of my posts that you’ll read so I’ll try to … do the best I can to make it really ‘good’. So I won’t tie it into some colorful story about my life in India. You can go on-line and read an Indian newspapers like The Hindu, or Indian Express, for the flavor of India but be warned there are items in the news that look like Grimm’s fairy tales on steroids. I feel like I’m taking my sanity out of my own hands when I have a short scan of any of the local papers.
You know the saying ‘taking your life into your own hands’, implying that your about to do something dangerous? I don’t know, but whose hands was your life in before you take them into ‘your own hands’?
A couple of years ago a number of folks from the Prescott Sangha, and I’ve heard elsewhere, did some Landmark education trainings starting with The Forum. Some of them continued on with some of the more advanced programs they offer. In fact I was one of them.
I really think the programs that Landmark’s offers are great. When opportunities present I recommend The Forum with words like “You’ll get more bang for your buck doing the Forum, especially around early conditioning and family history, than from any other transformational program out there.” (What do I know of other programs anyway?) I mean it and believe that Landmarks trainings can provide a great type of preparation for work in a school. And, it’s not enough.
They, Landmark, understands that a couple of weekends isn’t enough for the insights and shifts to stabilize and so they heavily try to track people into their further programs.
A quote I heard Lee say that he credited to Werner E. was “Enlightenment cannot be sustained without an enlightened community.” We really need each other, the sangha, it’s good, necessary and it hasn’t seemed to me to be enough.
In some recent email communication I had with a sangha member the individual, who had a problem (s) with me wrote me that I wasn’t trusty worthy in a certain area and they wanted no further contact with me. This was disheartening; this person had done the first 2 landmark events and has been around the school awhile. This is one person. (And I don’t believe there is anything personal*) Now is the best we can do? I say no. what do you say? What do you want? Does this make any difference at all? Many of you live physically disconnected from other sangha. And I’m somehow connected primarily to the Prescott sangha.
Are you wondering about my “we” just above? Are we one sangha even when off in the hinter lands? I’m about to quote Lee which I don’t like to do but you probably will take it more seriously than if it’s me saying this. He said this when he knew his transition was on the near horizon, “I need everyone in the sangha for my work”. That is a second hand quote so it may not be accurate. But I believe that whatever he actually said he was trying to ‘head off at the pass’ the potential marginalization, a nice word for distancing-off of difficult or unpopular sangha members, by individual or in groups, or cliques, or ‘senior students’.
So we are one sangha, all different facets of the jewel of Lee’s work. So how do we, you my dear reader, be with such disturbing and difficult, people and situations?
Is it true that we all go together or we don’t go? Where is the edge of that ‘we’.
* Nothing is personal really. If someone shot me, it might be a huge hassle, unless I died, but it wouldn’t say anything about me. It would say something about them like lack of good conflict resolution skills and that they were having a bad day, but shooting me wouldn’t really say anything about me. Hasn’t happened yet, being shot, so I don’t know if I’ve fully integrated this understanding.
“The hardest thing in the world is to assume the mood of a warrior. It is of no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so, believing that someone is always doing something to us. Nobody is doing anything to anybody, much less to a warrior.” Carlos Castaneda
Too be continued…