Sangha means spiritual community, wherein the members engage in spiritual practices and support each other on their spiritual journeys. Members of this Sangha must be graduates of the Hidden Treasure Program. The emphasis is on the spiritual dimension of our being rather than the psychological, and the teachings and discussion will focus on spirituality as it is lived in each of us. The psychological dimension of our being is part of this, but it is examined from the perspective of what the soul is trying to express or what spiritual lessons are to be learned as a result of situations occurring in one’s life.
Members of the Sangha agree to:
- Attend four one-day programs (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) throughout the year
- Engage in some kind of daily meditation/prayer practice
- Attend at least one retreat during the year — members are encouraged to attend the three-day Hidden Treasure graduate retreat in November
The one-day meetings consist of a long meditation, a teaching followed by discussion, a check-in from the perspective of each one’s spiritual life, and introduction and sharing of spiritual practices. Your daily practice and attendance at a retreat will help deepen and enrich these discussions. The cost for these sessions is $80. We will generally meet at Pathlight Cottage.
Topics that have been addressed in the teachings include the four ways to the Infinite: love, knowledge, prayer/meditation and work/action; Spirituality in everyday life in the teachings of Adyashanti; and A.H. Almaas’s understanding of our essence and how his theory of “holes” relates to the Enneagram types.
Two Sangha groups have been created, one meeting on Saturday and the other on Sunday. Although not required, the two groups will meet together in Ithaca in the months when there is no day-long meeting for about an hour. These meetings will include a long meditation, a brief reading, and discussion. There is no cost for these meetings. We will meet at Forest Home Chapel.
Directions to Forest Home Chapel (222 Forest Home Drive)
Take Route 13 North, turn right onto Warren Road, and follow it past Hanshaw Road and the golf course, and turn left at the end. The Chapel will be on your left. One tenth of a mile past the chapel is a one-lane bridge. The Plantations Wildflower Garden parking lot, just across the bridge, is a good place to park.
Or, take Route 366 from Ithaca, go past the Cornell Vet School and turn left onto Caldwell Road. It becomes Forest Home Drive when you cross the one-lane bridge.
2013-2014 Sangha Calendar
One-Day Meetings (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) — Sangha 1 on Saturday, Sangha 2 on Sunday
September 28-29, 2013
December 21-22, 2013 (Both groups should save both dates — more details TBA)
February 22-23, 2014
April 12-13, 2014
May 31, 2014 — Seva work day at LOH
Meditation Meetings in Ithaca (5:45 – 6:45 p.m.) — Both Sanghas
July 17, 2013
August 21, 2013
September 18, 2013
October 16, 2013
November 20, 2013
December 18, 2013 ?
January 15, 2014
February 19, 2014
March 19, 2014
April 16, 2014
May 21, 2014
June 18, 2014
July 16, 2014
August 20, 2014
September 17, 2014
October 15, 2014
November 19, 2014
December 17, 2014
Hidden Treasure Graduate Retreat
November 14 (7:30 p.m.) — 17 (3:00 p.m.)