Peter wrote:What you need to do is fine a bunch of enlightened lay people and get them together. Then you'll have a lay sangha.
Sangha does not mean "group of Buddhists". It either means "group of monks" or "group of enlightened people, lay or monastic".
I suppose what you mean is you want to start a Theravada meditation group? or study group? or meditation and study group?
Peter wrote:Sangha does not mean "group of Buddhists". It either means "group of monks" or "group of enlightened people, lay or monastic".
Pali Text Society wrote:Sangha [fr. saŋ+hṛ; lit. "comprising." The quâsi pop. etym. at VvA 233 is "diṭṭhi -- sīla -- sāmaññena sanghāṭabhāvena sangha"] 1. multitude, assemblage Miln 403 (kāka˚); J i.52 (sakuṇa˚); Sn 589 (ñāti˚); 680 (deva˚); D iii.23 (miga˚); Vv 55 (accharā˚=samūha VvA 37). bhikkhu˚ an assembly of Buddhist priests A i.56, etc.; D i.1, etc.; S i.236; Sum i.230, 280; Vin i.16; ii.147; bhikkhunī˚ an assembly of nuns S v.360; Vin i.140; sāvaka˚ an assembly of disciples A i.208; D ii.93; S i.220; PvA 195, etc.; samaṇa˚ an assembly of ascetics Sn 550. -- 2. the Order, the priesthood, the clergy, the Buddhist church A i.68, 123, etc.; D i.2, etc.; iii.102, 126, 193, 246; S iv.270 sq.; Sn 227, etc.; J ii.147, etc.; Dhs 1004; It 11, 12, 88; Vin i.102, 326; ii.164, etc. <-> 3. a larger assemblage, a community A ii.55=Sv.400; M i.231 (cp. gaṇa). -- On the formula Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha see dhamma C 2.
mikenz66 wrote:"we cannot prevent the degeneration of language in the modern era."
Peter wrote:This is precisely why I feel it is worthwhile to correct people on this.
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