Regarding the possibility of community and the this sangha specifically, Thich Naht Hanh was quoted as saying ‘the next Buddha will not be a person, it will be a community.’
I believe that it will be, will need to be, more than one community, and in this we, Hohm sangha, is certainly well on our way.
To the furthering and refinement of our work this blog is dedicated.
The unusual spelling of the word 1hohmsanghagain. is so that an internet search for the usual spelling we have will not accidentally bring up this webpage. This is meant as an ‘in house’ presentation.
I intend the following quote from David Bowie to be the spirit which I embody.
“If I’m going to do something that could be provocative or artistically relevant, I have to be prepared to put myself in a place where I feel unsafe, not completely in control. I have no fear of failure whatsoever, because often out of that uncertainty something is salvaged, something that is worthwhile comes about, there is no progress without failure, and each failure is a lesson learned. Unnecessary failures are the ones where an artiest tries to second guess an audience’s taste, and little comes out of that situation ….”
Notices to readers.
When I use the words ‘I think’ or ‘I believe’, I am saying and meaning that I do not know, it’s just my opinion. In fact given my belief system around thoughts and knowledge and ‘the truth’, everything I write and say is ‘in process’, in fact, I believe that neither I, nor anyone else, can know anything for certain, while on this side of the vale and I don’t know about the other side. So as the theatre owner in ‘Shakespeare In Love’ keeps saying in answer to how he knows it’s going to turn out alright, “it’s a mystery to me”. Language is but the finger pointing at the moon. You don’t have to wear that. This is a qualifier to head off anyone getting bent out of shape from something I might happen to write that triggers them. Though obviously I believe what I’m saying it’s not taken by me as any final understanding. This little philosophical insight above allows me not to have to make sure anyone ‘gets it’. We can chill.
For all you English editor types; please turn off your internal spelling, grammar, and punctuation editor so as you don’t get bogged down with the form of this presentation. I don’t have a line editor proofing this.
Blogs are interactive so you can leave your own comments. I believe there will be a place to sign up to follow the blog somewhere? on the sidebar. It’s a ‘button’ that says “follow”. I invite you to sign-up by clicking on that button, that way you’ll get an email notice when there is a new posting. I intend to keep them short, whatever that means. There will probably be a number of things at the beginning and less over time. You can unsubscribe whenever you wish, things will appear as I have the time and internet access. I have a small back log now waiting for editing. I doubt that I’ll post 2 consecutive days so as not to get too cumbersome for readers. I trust this will be good food for thought.
From the I Ching
The image of THE JOYOUS.
Thus the superior man joins with his friends For discussion and practice.
A lake evaporates upward and thus gradually dries up; but when twolakes are joined they do not dry up so readily, for one replenishes the other. It is the same in the field of knowledge. Knowledge
should be a refreshing and vitalizing force. It becomes so only
through stimulating intercourse with congenial friends with whom
one holds discussion and practices application of the truths of
life. In this way learning becomes many-sided and takes on a cheerful lightness, …