‘Togetherness’ is Being with Sangha (Weekly Photo Challenge theme of the week)

For this week’s Post a Day / Week challenge (we’re somewhere in-between), you’ve got to post a photo showing ‘Togetherness’.

It’s so joyful to feel spiritually connected with others,

I’ve put in 2 images that just sparkle with ‘togetherness’.


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Both shots were taken of Sangha from my Buddhist centre in Bristol, attending courses at Manjushri Buddhist Centre in Cumbria.
The ‘Togetherness’ theme just seemed perfect for shots of Manjushri Centre, what with the upcoming Spring Festival there.

These spiritual ‘holidays’ at the mother centre can be so valuable; gaining instruction from experienced and skilled teachers, and meeting friends old and new from across the globe. Meditating with many other minds focussing on the same thing can be a powerful experience. The energy carries you deeper into concentration, like a powerful current sweeping you along.

They can also be quite hard going ~ you’re there with hundreds, sometimes thousands of other people. Everybody there, to some extent, is working on improving their minds – with varying levels of success – and often having spent the night in a tent in torrential rain, been to a teaching, then queued (cold and wet) for ¼hr to get that precious cup of coffee.

Just being somewhere with that many people can get difficult for me (especially when we’re all in the café queue), and it does rain rather a lot in the Lake District. But after years of experience, we’re generally getting the hang of regarding others with a gentle, tender regard (normally sprinkled with humour). And it makes all the difference to wether your holiday is enjoyable or unbearable.
If you don’t practice loving kindness when you’re with others, how else are you going to learn it?! To see people with this mind of loving kindness definitely enriches relationships, from new acquaintances to old and dear friendhips.

The love friends can have for each other is truly beautiful

I think this shines through in these photos.
What do you think? Does practicing loving kindness bring people closer?

Photos: 
The 3 heroes were taken at a Summer Festival,
and the yoginis were at a concentration retreat,
both in the last couple of years.

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