CIMC’s Sangha Life Committee is a Board Committee with representatives from each of CIMC’s Community Groups, Members-at-Large and the Board of Directors. Our mission is to attend to matters that sustain and care for all members of CIMC’s Sangha and support the flourishing of a diverse and inclusive dharma center. We engage in this work on behalf of the entire community.
Our vision is to create more spaces and avenues for relationship building and communication across the different identity groups and individuals that gather at CIMC. We aspire to create opportunities for sangha members to listen and relate to one another, and through this emergent process, realize the mutual and interconnected nature of our personal and collective liberation. In addition, as our community comes to a greater understanding of its shared concerns (particularly ones that have been left on the margins), members can become active participants with teachers, staff, and leadership in guiding the growth and development of the Center.
Click here to learn more about the Sangha Life Committee’s thinking and inquiry into practices that can support our vision.
Sangha Circles 2021
We believe it is essential for CIMC practitioners to have periodic opportunities to connect meaningfully with one another across groups, to build community, and to speak directly to CIMC leadership about their experiences at the Center. The first of the series of CIMC Sangha Circle Meetings was held in February on Zoom to allow CIMC practitioners to connect, learn from and be nourished by the beauty and challenge of being in community. It included spaces for CIMC yogis to connect with each other in multiracial, intergenerational and gender-diverse breakout groups. Upcoming Sangha Circles:
Sangha Circle Panel Discussion: What’s a KM Group? (Friday June 25th from 7:00-9:00pm)
This online program focuses on Spiritual Friendship, or Kalyanna Mitta, groups. CIMC has been a refuge for silent practice and support to thousands of practitioners over the years. The many classes, workshops, and retreats, and groups offered create a thriving, busy, Dharma center. Yet, seeking a balance between providing a space for silent practice, and providing space for all the ‘talking’ activities has been a challenge. If you have been longing for more dharmic intimacy and connection with other practitioners in a smaller group, forming or joining a Kalyana Mitta (KM) or Spiritual Friendship group might be a good fit for you.
Ready to learn more? Come join us for an online panel discussion with CIMC’s Sangha Life Committee and community members who have experience forming and being in KM groups. They will share their personal experiences and offer some insights into the nuts and bolts of starting a group from scratch. Learn about the different ways KM groups come together and organize themselves. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and to connect with others who are also interested. All are welcome.
Click here to join the program: Friday June 25th from 7:00-9:00pm
Meeting ID: 914 6873 7473
Phone: (646) 876-9923