Dharma Sharing Guidelines

Our weekly gatherings usually include Dharma Discussion, which differs from many ordinary conversations. Dharma Discussion provides a chance for us to connect, to share our practice experiences, and to deepen our examination of the Buddha's teachings as applied in life. The guidelines below are drawn from How to Enjoy Your Stay in Plum Village and the Blue Cliff Monastery guidelines. We offer them here to help friends understand the nature of our sharing so they may participate comfortably and benefit from the discussions. They are intended as guidelines to support our practice, not hard and fast rules.

Dharma Discussion (Sharing) is an opportunity to benefit from each other’s insights and experience of the practice. By practicing deep listening while others are speaking, we help create a calm and receptive environment. By learning to speak out about our happiness and our difficulties in the practice, we contribute to the collective insight and understanding of the Sangha.