"The Buddha of the future is not an individual but a community."
Sugarplum members are sangha builders, actively participating in an intentional and reciprocal relationship with the community. Sugarplum Sangha is sustained by the love, creativity, and generosity of its members - manifested in meaningful investments of time, energy, and resources. We are a community of people practicing to live in the present, transform our own suffering, and help awaken others.
As a Sugarplummer, you are called upon to embody our core committments in a life of practice, learning, and engagement.
Mudita - Shared Joy.
We delight in and celebrate the growth, achivement, and success of our friends on the path, while always reminding each other of the wonders and conditions for happiness in the present moment. We sing songs, play games, and tell stories, while grounded in the peace and silence of the island of self.
Karuna - Compassion
We take to heart the truth of suffering and know that all people bring with them experiences of trauma and unwholesome habit energies. Each of us is practicing to transform our own suffering, so we offer patience and deep listening to everyone while offering support in skilfull and appropriate ways.
Maitri - Friendliness or Loving Kindness
We are ready to share the gifts of material resources, the Dharma, and non-fear with our community of practice without discrimination. We contribute to the sangha with donations of money or talent, sharing our practice and insight, and behaving so that no one is in fear of harm, judgment, or exclusion.
Upeksha - Equanimity or Inclusiveness
We look deeply into the Dharma Seals of impermanence, non-self, and suffering, and we understand that harmony is not a given but must be cultivated. We expect difficulties to arise and are committed to engaging them with non-attachment to views and open to the perspective of everyone.
"The giver, the gift, and the receiver are one."
Just as members nourish the sangha by practicing the four core committments, the sangha nourishes its members by offering many opportunities for mindfulness practice, learning the teachings of Buddhism, and playful and enriching community refuge. To nourish our members' and support their aspirations of sangha buidling, Sugarplum offers many online and in person opportunities to practice including:
Live on-line practice sessions
Courses on Buddhism
Community and Personal Retreats
Training in practice facilitation
Other creative practices