Sangha is a Sanskrit word that “means spiritual community”, wherein the members engage in spiritual practices and support each other on their spiritual journeys. Members of this Sangha must be graduates of the Hidden Treasure Program. The emphasis is on the spiritual dimension of our being rather than the psychological, and the teachings and discussion will focus on spirituality as it is lived in each of us. The psychological dimension of our being is part of this, but it is examined from the perspective of what the soul is trying to express or what spiritual lessons are to be learned as a result of situations occurring in one’s life.
Meeting Locations: HT gatherings take place in two locations throughout the year:
Light on the Hill: 291 Blake Hill Rd., Van Etten
The Quaker Meetinghouse: 120 3rd St. (corner of Madison and 3rd), Ithaca when it becomes open again.
Joining the Sangha is a commitment
HT Sangha members are expected to engage in daily meditation/prayer. Members daily practice, as well as attendance at retreats will help deepen and enrich the Sangha discussions. All members of the HT Sangha are asked to commit to attend when possible:
- Four one-day programs (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) throughout the year. The one-day programs begin with a long meditation and reading, followed by discussion. Sangha members will bring their lunches, eat together and afterwards share and ask questions about their spiritual lives and the challenges they face. Meetings at Light on the Hill’s Hillside House (291 Blake Hill Rd).
- Ten monthly Sangha gatherings (5:45-6:45 pm) at the Quaker Meetinghouse. The gatherings take place on the 4th Thursday of each month. (Sangha does not meet in November, December or July due to the winter holidays and vacation.) Monthly gatherings include a long meditation, reading or exercise (led by a HT graduate), and discussion. [During the Covid crisis, members are meditating silently from 5-5:30 every Thursday except the 4th Thursday of the month when they may join for a zoom session in the same format as above.}
- At least one spiritual retreat during the year (of your choosing) members are encouraged to attend the three-day Hidden Treasure graduate retreat in March.
The cost for the year is $200. This can be paid in September or over several months. The cost includes rental space for both Hillside House or the lodgeat Light on the Hill and the Quaker Meetinghouse when it reopens.
2020-2021 Sangha Calendar
One-Day Meetings (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) All meetings take place at 291 Blake Hill Rd. Van Etten, NY 14889 or the Light on the Hill lodge.
October 10, 2020
December 12, 2020
Zoom Meditation Meetings
August 22, 2019
September 26, 2019
October 24, 2019
January 23, 2020
February 27, 2020
March 26, 2020
April 23, 2020
May 28, 2020
June 25, 2020
2020 Hidden Treasure Graduate Retreat
March 12 (7:30 p.m.) — 15 (3:00 p.m.)