Why Do We Seek Out Spiritual Community?
I've come across references and statements by people who say their teacher believes that the only reason people come to sangha and seek out the Dharma is to solve problems in their lives, to address discontent. I think that's a very limited view of why people attend church or sangha. I don't think it's accurate to label all sangha members as troubled.
What about seeking spiritual community for its own sake? To be around like-minded people with common values, to enjoy a weekly inspiring teaching, to bask in the energy of group devotion and upliftment, and to share one's own inspired energy and kindness? Is weekly group Dharma practice really little more than a regular visit to the psychiatrist's couch? Do only the troubled and wounded attend sangha, or is there room for the quietly contented, as well, with their own cheer, comfort and compassion to share? What about the social aspect of attending teachings?
Why do you practice the Dharma, and attend sangha (those of you who do so)?