Sangha is the traditional Buddhist word for “spiritual community” — one of the “three jewels”, along with Buddha (Awakened Being) and Dharma (The Teaching).

Nowadays, sangha also has an interfaith meaning: any group of spiritual friends or contemplatives who meditate together, study spiritual teachings, and support each other on the path.  In this sense, practicing together is what makes a group a sangha, no matter how diverse the backgrounds or beliefs of its membership.

There are individual “sanghas” — specific groups, with particular histories, identities, doctrines and norms.  You might have to formally join (or at least show up someplace) to become a member of one.

There is also just Sangha — the one Universal Sangha of all who walk the contemplative path.  You automatically belong to this Sangha the moment you aspire to the path, or find yourself on it.

virtual sangha is such a community centered online … or nowhere.