The Earth Holder Sangha
Sangha means community. The Earth Holder Sangha is is an affinity group within the Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists, founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. First created in the US in 2015, the Earth Holder Sangha is guided by the engaged Buddhist ethics of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings.
The purpose of the Earth Holder Sangha is to:
- Build a community of "Plum Village Earth Holders", bringing like-minded sangha members together for support and inspiration, and to develop "Earth Holding" practices inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings
- Engage in mindful Right Action, locally, nationally and internationally
- Support sustainable communities, in particular Plum Village monasteries, lay practice centers and local sanghas
Interested in becoming an Earth Holder? If you are practicing in the Plum Village tradition, and have received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings, please consider if you are ready to make the 6 Earth Holder Pledges. We'd love to have you with us.
In 2016 the Earth Holder Sangha will expand internationally. Watch this space.
The Bodhisattva Dharanimdhara is described in Chapter 25 of The Lotus Sutra, an important Mahayana Buddhist text. Dharanimdhara means "to hold, to protect, or preserve the Earth".