About Sangha

Thich Nhat Hanh enjoying walking meditation with the Sangha

Everyone who comes to practice with us is a member of the Indigo Sangha. Our group includes beginners and seasoned practitioners, people of many races and backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations, young and old who enjoy being together without need for a political party or position.

We want everyone who wishes to attend to join us. We especially encourage People of Color, LGBTQ+, young practitioners (ages 18-35) and other diversities to attend.

Indigo Sangha is part of the global maha-sangha of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Click here to learn more.

What is a Sangha?

The term “sangha” refers to both a community of spiritual friends and a practice of awakening together. The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love. In the global Plum Village tradition, there are more than 1,000 sanghas studying and practicing mindfulness in order to maintain a stable, present moment awareness and to see more clearly how best to respond, moment-to-moment.

Building a Sangha is like planting a sunflower. We need to be aware of which conditions will support the flower’s growth and which conditions will obstruct its growth. We need healthy seeds, skilled gardeners, and plenty of sunshine and room to grow. When we engage in Sangha building, the most important thing to remember is that we are doing it together. The more we embrace the Sangha, the more we can let go of the feeling of a separate self. We can relax into the collective wisdom and insights of the Sangha. We can see clearly that the Sangha eyes and hands and heart are greater than that of any individual member of the Sangha.


Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh