Meaning of sangha in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsʌŋɡə/


  • The Buddhist monastic order, including monks, nuns, and novices.

    ‘Traditionally, prior to marrying and beginning his adult life, a young man entered the sangha (the Buddhist monastic order) and spent time as a novice.’
    • ‘They are also joining ‘diversity committees’ to change the racial make-up of their sanghas, or Buddhist communities.’
    • ‘Members of the sangha sect, a Buddhist religious order, have likewise traditionally adopted the responsibility for the care of the sick and injured in Buddhist countries.’
    • ‘But in the American sanghas of the more traditional Buddhist lineages, blacks are largely absent.’
    • ‘Then various sanghas, practices of Tibetan Buddhism, began to see how this could be adapted into an American ‘way of life.’’
    • ‘If you do not have a friend or a sangha, it won't work.’
    • ‘A corporation that accepts itself as a subcaste in a great divine hierarchy is different from the more pugnacious ganas and sanghas of the Pali Canon, Kautilya or even the Jataka stories.’
    • ‘The Buddhist monkhood or sangha was the only classless sector of Thai society and took an ever-increasing role, specifically at the village level, in particular providing young men with education.’
    • ‘In the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, a sangha is a group of meditation practitioners who sit together in a circle, backs facing one another, eyes facing the wall or the outside of the circle.’
    • ‘The Unified Buddhist Church, founded in 1998, represents Thich Nhat Hanh and his sangha, or spiritual community, in the United States.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, as the years wore on, he became more despotic and appeared to go insane, venting his wrath against monks and thereby alienating the powerful sangha.’
    • ‘But there is no reason to abandon optimism, or to believe that the future of Buddhism in India is compromised by this absence of conversation between the two very different milieux in which the dharma is pursued and the sangha is conceived.’
    • ‘Buddhist bhikshus, for instance, never advised Emperor Ashoka on his dealings with his Hindu subjects, just as Brahmins refrained from directing the initiatives of Gupta kings towards the sanghas.’
    • ‘The metaphor of the banished king is made most clear when Philip is being discharged from the hospital and his sangha refuses to accept him because of the complications.’
    • ‘The sangha came into being in 1975 and has been organising many programmes that have kept Kannada culture alive on the islands.’
    • ‘In Thailand, Buddhism continues to enjoy royal patronage, and the work of the sangha is seen as an important factor in social development in the region.’


From Sanskrit saṃgha ‘community’.