Red Clay Sangha has no guiding teacher and its founding principles include establishing the sangha itself as the primary teacher - supplemented by the individual teachers each of us finds and brings to the sangha, and by the visiting teachers who lead retreats. As one of our founding members said, "I want to sit with my friends".

The importance of sangha guides much of what we do, from the meals we take together after every Sunday and Wednesday activity to the friendships and personal trust that emerge.

Beyond sangha as community, as a sangha we believe that our public engagement and activities are important, and we are inspired by teaching from Buddhism and other religions, for example James 2:14-17: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

As practicing Buddhists, what we manifest and cultivate on the cushion can add great value more directly than just having compassion.

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