What is a Sangha?
Sangha is one of the three Jewels the Buddha identified as central to this practice. Traditionally, Sangha referred to the community of monks and nuns who followed the Buddha’s teachings, but we use it to describe our community of practitioners. Sangha members consider one another spiritual friends; the Buddha stated that Spiritual Friends are the whole of holy life.
Our group is available to people of every race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. It consists of adults with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Although all of our members are valued equally, our group enjoys the young adults who keep the group grounded with an evolving, progressive, modern-day perspective.
Our Sangha attendees also vary in meditation experience. There are many who are new to meditation, as well as those who are seasoned practitioners.
The group is rich in diversity, imagination, and a commitment to continued personal growth towards liberation as we explore our meditation practices and the Buddha’s teachings. Sangha members generously care about one another as they realize the value of group support.
May all beings realize their true nature.
- Our Sangha is guided by Lead Teacher, Ronya Banks. More about Ronya »
- We are also supported by a Leadership Team of facilitators who lead various sessions and teach some of our classes. More about our Leadership Team »
- We also have a Board of Directors who oversee the policy and operations of Asheville Insight Meditation. More about our Board of Directors »
- Some of our Sangha members are Core Members. Core members have have made a conscientious and conscious on-going commitment to our group’s continued growth and evolution. More about Core Membership »