Robert A. F. Thurman on Buddhism: The Sangha (1999)
The Sangha, Buddhism’s third jewel of refuge, is the community. It is the community of those originally formed around the Buddha, and those beings who are trying themselves to implement the dharma and realize reality – who are trying themselves to become Buddhas. We are infinitely connected with all beings through all time, since the beginning of the world. It is an alternative social world, founded on enlightenment, detachment and love.