A Sangha is a community of friends practicing the Dharma together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. The essence of a Sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony, and love. When you do not see these in a community, it is not a true Sangha, and you should have the courage to say so. But when you find these elements are present in a community, you know that you have the happiness and fortune of being in a real Sangha. - Thich Nhat Hanh, Friends on the Path
In our tradition, in addition to the teacher and the teachings, great importance is placed on the practice of sangha. Thich Nhat Hanh has said that spiritual friends are the most essential element of our practice - that it is difficult or even impossible to practice without a sangha. The sangha is a true community; together, we create a place of acceptance, trust, love, and support in which transformation and healing of our fear, our suffering, and our feelings of isolation and separation can occur.
FCM sanghas meet weekly for meditation and Dharma talks: in Tampa, on Sunday mornings; in St. Petersburg, on Wednesday evenings; and in Naples, on Sunday evenings. Please visit our Programs section to read more about the practice of sangha and for detailed information about each of our weekly sanghas. FCM’s weekly sanghas are free and open to all. Contributions (“dana,” the Sanskrit word for generosity) are welcome to help pay for FCM’s expenses; the suggested dana is five dollars, but more or less is welcome based on your own ability to be generous.